I feel so incredibly ignorant about cow and calf management! After reading all I could about dehorning, I decided the paste seemed least traumatic for the calf (and me). I had to order it so it arrived today and I gathered my supplies together and went out to the barn to do it. The calf will be a week old tomorrow.
I clipped the hair off the top of her head but for the life of me could not feel any horn buds! Silly me, I thought it would be obvious Anyway, whatever I was feeling just felt like her skull bone...nothing was standing out to me as being horn buds. I hated to just guess where the buds were...I certainly didn't want to burn a hole in the poor thing's skull!
So is dehorning paste best left to an expert who knows where horn buds are? If I don't use paste, what else can I do? I feel like burning the horns off would be even harder for me to figure out...will a vet burn them off for me?
Last Edit: Dec 3, 2010 18:36:47 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Check her every day..horn development can vary. I didn't feel anything on one of my calves until about 2 weeks...she was SUPPOSED to be polled.
I have never used the paste...somewhere there should be a thread about keeping the paste from spreading, especially important if the calf is nursing vs getting bottle fed. You may have come across it already.
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Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Aug 6, 2010 22:19:33 GMT -5
The first calf that we did we did it at 4 days old. This last calf was 2 weeks old before we could find buds big enough to do. So give her a week to 2 weeks before worrying.
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I had a calf that was around a month old even before I felt any horn buds - I was sure that he was polled up until that point. You can wait long enough to be sure you are feeling them and still be successful with the paste.
Post by Malissa---(menns) on Aug 7, 2010 15:34:03 GMT -5
Hi! I am fairly new at this too. I have had the vet remove the horns from some of my cows and promised I would never do that again! It was very tramatic to me and them both. I purchased the Naylors de-horning paste and have been using that. I love it and find it very easy to use. I have also found that if you use a wooden stick (popsicle/craft sticks) it goes on very well. I put a large piece of duct tape over the paste, being careful not to push down on the paste. Just around the edges. I left it on for 6 hours at which time I removed the tape and wiped the excess off. It does look red and has eaten the hair off to the skull. Be sure to keep the calf seperated from the mom as she might lick the tape and paste off! I haven't had any signs of horns on the calves that I have used it on. In my opinion, I find it the most humane way to de-horn. And like the others have said.....keep feeling every day and you will soon figure out when you feel the buds. Then use the paste. Good luck!
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no pain meds, I wear latex gloves to apply the paste , just use my index finger get some paste on it and rub the bud in a circuler motion, apply duct tape over the top make sure it is on good and a piece under the jaw to secure it,and then turn the calf loose, they can not rub the paste off with the tape, and it can be left on for a few days, when you remove the tape any excess is on the tape, and it will not get on the cow Suzanne
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That's too old and too big a horn for paste. Sorry.
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You can neutralize the dehorning paste, when it's time to take the tape off, with white vinegar on a cotton ball. Here's a few links that were very helpful to me when I was doing it the first time. [url=http://bellefourchedexters.tripod.com/Articles/dehorning.htm ]Dehorning using Paste/Duct tape[/url]
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