Is there a reason these aren't commonly used for disbudding goats?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Cara, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    A goat horn and a cow horn are not the same thing. The disudding by using the heated iron is the most humane way. The heat kills the nerve ending quickly and is by far less painful. Disbuding kills the cells that produce the horns. Dehorning is nothing more than cuting off what has grown out. For goats this is VERY dangerous not to mention painful. The horns are a part of the sinus cavity and are hollow in the center. If you nipped them off with those clippers you would be able to see straight down into the head. This is opening up a HUGE place for infection not to mention a seriously injured, bleeding and painfullyangry/frightened goat.

    If you are considering it - don't do it. You will regret it. The goat would suffer painfuly for a long time if it didn't die from subsequent infection. Not mention the scurs that would continue to grow.
  3. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Miss Prissy you beat me too it !! [​IMG]
  4. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I agree with Miss Prissy there also and theses are so messy that now I use my Rhinehart X50 on calves I dont want to have horns also. Theses work for older cattle and they have different type of bone and when ou use them on cattle you can see into their cavities also. Calves its just as easy to disbud also if you dont want to mess with the horns.

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