When do I de-horn this little heifer?

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Momof8kiddoes, May 16, 2005.

  1. Momof8kiddoes

    Momof8kiddoes Well-Known Member

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    When do I dehorn a 6week old heifer? Is it too soon, too late, just right?
    Can I dehorn with the same tool used for dehorning goats (the iron)?
    Thanks,
    Mary F.
     
  2. JeffNY

    JeffNY Seeking Type

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    Sounds about the right time, if the horns aren't too big for the dehorning iron then use that, if they are too big they will need to be gouged out. Bit bloody that way, but it's the only way if the horns are too big to be burned off..



    Jeff
     

  3. Momof8kiddoes

    Momof8kiddoes Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Jeff :)
    Ill get on it this week,
    Mary F.
     
  4. unioncreek

    unioncreek Well-Known Member Supporter

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    i raise longhorn cross calves and they always have horns. I use the dehorning past and put it on when they are a day or two old. I've never had to attend to them after that.

    Bobg
     
  5. dosthouhavemilk

    dosthouhavemilk Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Get to it sooner rather than later, especially if you have an iron made for goats.
    We aim to get ours done within the first two weeks of life and rarely let it go over a month anymore.