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Home Farming Tips Why You Should Dehorn Your Cattle

Why You Should Dehorn Your Cattle

by Jacquiline Nakandi
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By Umar Nsubuga

Peter Mubiru, a veterinary doctor says dehorning is better done when the animals are still young as the surgery is simpler.

He says it causes minor trauma to the animal and haemorrhage is minimised too.

Dehorning improves the appearance of the animal and reduces stress during movement. Photo by Umar Nsubuga

According to Mubiru, there are several advantages of dehorning cattle, and these include preventing or reducing incidences of horn attacks against other animals, it helps in safety for herders, improves handling, especially of dairy cattle and increases marketability among food lot animals.

“In most cases, dehorning improves the appearance of the animal and reduces stress during movement,” he advises.

According to Mubiru, if you are dehorning fairly older animals, you are advised to do so under anaesthesia to reduce pain.    

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