Cedar, our month old (half-Guernsey, quarter Jersey) heifer calf, has horn buds. I hate the thought of debudding, and she would be the first calf I would ever do it to. I’m pretty sure we will keep her, but I guess there’s a chance we might sell her later. We have another milk cow with horns and it’s not really a problem. I am wondering about other opinions on the options?
Even if you're 1000% sure you'll keep her, life might throw you a curve ball. If she were mine, I'd want her to be as attractive as possible to the very best buyer - that means no horns in my opinion., along with vaccinations and halter training. Of course if you choose to sell her down the road as a horned cow, the buyer could always dehorn....but that procedure makes my stomach flip-flop even more than a calfhood disbudding.
She's darling 😍 1/2 Guernsey 1/4 Jersey, what's the other 1/4?
If you are going to de-horn, then the sooner the better because the younger they are and the smaller the horn buds, the less stressful it is on them. You can have a vet do it with anesthesia so she won't feel a thing.
ETA: It's too late for paste on her--that needs to be done on day 1. The buds may still be small enough at 1 month to use a dehorning iron.
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2020 10:56:22 GMT -5 by kim'scows
since it looks like they have already broke the skin I would have the vet do it , best done as soon as possible , she is no longer a candidate for paste Suzanne
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If it makes you feel any better, the EU strongly discourages paste and recommends hot iron disbudding with anesthetic and analgesics. She's the right age for it. Studies show cautery+anesthetic+painkiller is the most humane, though I know through discussions here that paste disbudding can be humane if done properly.
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