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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

Article Title

The dehorning of cattle

Authors

J. Shilkin

Keywords

Calves, Infection control, Animal welfare, Cattle, Dehorning.

First Page Number

203

Last Page Number

210

Abstract

Horns on domesticated cattle serve no useful purpose and are responsible for losses which, in the aggregate, amount to many thousands of pounds every year. Horn-caused bruises lead to reduced prices for beef carcasses, and many cases of mastitis in dairy herds have their origin in udder injuries resulting from horn-prods. In addition, the fear inspired by horned "boss cows" leads to lowered milk production from their more timid herd-mates, while the possession of horns adds to the risks of handling the herd bulls.

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