Dairy Disbudding

We provide a calf disbudding service using the NZ Veterinary Association Standard Operating Procedure for the Humane Disbudding of Calves.

Calves (2-8 weeks old) are sedated in their pens, local anaesthetic is used to dull nerves to the horn bud, and then gas fired irons are used to cauterise the horn bud.

All calves are checked for extra teats, and these can be easily and safely removed while the calf is recumbent.

Calves are up and about soon afterward, and because the procedure is pain free and without any significant handling, are untroubled afterwards.

Many of our clients take the opportunity to allocate and place NAIT tags/Brass tags, DNA sample, and blood test for BVD at the same time as the calves are sedated.