University research and extension groups

Assessing dairy animal welfare

Pain control for dehorning (disbudding) cattle

  • AABP dehorning guidelines, updated November 2019
  • UW-Extension video (short version, 6:02long version, 14:45) – learn how to use proper pain mitigation when disbudding dairy calves
  • Article in Hoard’s Dairyman: the best practice is combining a local anesthetic (lidocaine) with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (meloxicam), regardless of whether you burn or paste horn buds
  • Article in Progressive Dairyman by UC Davis: Why is pain control important, and is younger always better?