One of my 14month old heifers feels like she is getting her horns back, they were cuped out when she was about 1 or 2 months old and just about a week ago I felt her head and is feels like she has little nobs .I did not think that they could grow back if they were cuped out but if they are gowing back I would like to get her rehorned or something because I have seen cows with those ugly horns that grew back the they are not nice to look at. Do you think it could be her horns coming back or is it just new scar tissue ....
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2009 13:48:35 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
I too have this concern with my bull calf Vince! I assume that 'cupped' means the same as what we call 'scooped.' No way should the horns grow back if this was done right. I've felt wee buds on Tyke and will definitely be getting the Vet to look at them when he is next here. The other calves that I had done using the same method don't have the same feel.
I already have two bought in cows that had botched dehorning jobs done on them. One will have to have a horn taken off using piano wire.
Midge - who stays permanently logged on to save precious time;-) New Zealand Milk-maid to Lizzie and Boss Cow of a growing herd of glorious Jerseys
I called that filthy pig vet of mine and maby he will call back. Yes cupped is the same thing as scooped,I can't under stand why in the world he could not have done it right the first time. I don't want her to go through that whole think again because of how pain full and bloody it is, but I don't want to see a pretty little cow like her with those ugly looking things on her head.
Do you think there is any other way to get rid of them with out scooping them, I guess if he would have to do that again she has the cold weather in her favor. Ohhhhh well....
Last Edit: Feb 12, 2005 21:06:49 GMT -5 by Deleted
How come you need to use piano wire, Midge?? Dad says he has a set of "proper" horn cutters, made with wire and handles, and he said it takes HOURS to use them. He usually just uses a saw, and then cauterizes, or, if the horns are small enough, he just burns them in the first place. He does use scoops on occasion also.
We just took off Molly's one horn, that had curled around, and was less than an inch from her eye. I really didn't want to, was so worried about blood loss, and loosing her, and the calf, but we had the squeeze I had already paid to borrow for Gabi, and I was concerned about the damage that horn was in danger of causing, so we bribed Molly into the squeeze with a bucket of grain (not a trouble at all, she just walked on in) and took a sharp handsaw of Hubby's, and sawed it off. Ok, I admit-I sawed halfway thru, and the blood started oozing and I was so worried I was making the wrong decision, Hubby had to finish up the job for me-I was in tears, thinking I was going to lose Molly. We had a red hot poker ready, and as soon as the horn came off, we cauterized it, and actually-she didn't have a lot of blood loss at all. And then she was eating grain as soon as the procedure was done, as though nothing had happened!! And continues to thrive!! I think she is happy, not having her view blocked by that darned ol' horn! With her, I think she was dehorned at one point, as one horn is curved properly, but weak and funny looking, and this other one had curled right around to her eye.
Wife to Leroy, Momys to Jesse, Tabitha, Wyatt, Jacob & Luke.
In Alberta, with Flicka, Juliette, and Zoe. Purebred Canadian horses, and a whole host of other critters too!! RIP Gabi my dear Brown Swiss gal
We had a Scottish Highland dehorned with the "wire" -- actually, it's a cable saw. Used properly, the horn comes off in minutes and the saw cauterizes as it goes through. The only blood that my Highland shed was where the saw nicked the skin on her poll.
For calves, I much prefer to "disbud", or burn the horn buds. It may look ugly for a while afterwards, but they heal quickly and usually with no scars. Pvt. Pyle is the only one I've had disbudded that's ended up with later horn growth, and they're just nubs, so I'm not going to worry about them.
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