Post by BlackWillowFarm on Aug 16, 2012 22:09:46 GMT -5
I dehorned my new calf yesterday and am wondering what it should look like today. I've never used the paste before. I followed the instructions and just want to know what's "normal" looking for the next day.
She's 3 1/2 weeks old and doing great. She was a little mopey yesterday but by the time I brought her in the barn early evening she was back to her normal, happy self. No drop in appetite or energy level today or last night.
I can see it's all pink around the horn bud and the buds themselves look like they have a cap of scab about the size of a dime that is starting to peel away already.
How will I know if it worked right?
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2014 18:02:54 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Hi. Good question. How do you know and when. See my reply to Chris about dehorning paste. I learned from googling that horns grow into the skull at about two months. So I figure that if there are no returning buds by then evrything is kosher. In the meantime I keep on feeling. Regards and feel free to discuss further. Harmen (in the same boat).
I've only used the dehorning paste once, and I followed the instructions for goats and neutralized the paste after 6 hours. My calf was 10 days old at the time. It took about two weeks for the scabs to come off, and then hair over. She is grown now and looks like a natural polled cow just like our beef cows.
I attempt to keep a farm blog at: matronofhusbandry.wordpress.com/ Jory, Guernsey heifer, numerous beef cows, and an opinionated Australian Shepherd. RIP Jane, my latest heart cow.
Post by BlackWillowFarm on Aug 28, 2012 16:15:50 GMT -5
Rainy and throwback, your posts came at the right time! It's been eleven days since I de-horned my heifer and just in the last couple days she has a big flat scab where the paste had been. I can still see little bumps of horn but they're black and the scab all around it looks like it will all peel away in one piece. I didn't like doing it, but it's better than burning IMO, plus the two that were burned over a year ago now have some horny growth coming back which bothers me. Next time I'll use the paste but sooner, when they're only a few days old.
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