By Richard V. Tuson
Writer: Philadelphia, P. Blakiston, Son
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Stanchions or chutes are ideal for calves Ͼ6 months of age. Such head gates allow the calf to be caught easily and will prevent excessive struggling. The calf may be restrained by a halter or nose lead, which allows the calf’s head to be pulled to one side, then the other, to allow proper positioning for dehorning. A nose lead is preferable to halters in large calves and adults because it provides better restraint and does not interfere with effective hemostasis as a tight halter does, which may either accentuate or mask bleeding because of pressure caudal to the horn region.
In addition to complications associated with any open sinus dehorning (acute sinusitis, chronic sinusitis, or tetanus), Keystone dehorning has on rare occasions caused skull fractures in mature adult cattle. Power Dehorners Mechanical guillotine-type power-driven dehorners are available commercially. They are used when large numbers of heifers or adults require dehorning or when the veterinarian seeks to reduce the work required in using gouges or Keystone dehorners. The techniques are similar to those described for the Keystone dehorner, and once again adequate restraint is essential to proper technique.
This can be proven by applying a dye to the medial dewclaw and then observing the cow’s udder and teats several hours later to see where contact occurs. Medial dewclaw removal is performed bilaterally in calves as a prophylactic measure and may be performed unilaterally or bilaterally in adult cows that repeatedly develop self-induced udder or teat injury. The skin around the medial dewclaw is clipped and surgically prepared. An adult cow should be restrained in a head gate or stanchion and have the limb to be operated raised by a rope as in hoof trimming.