Dehorning is performed routinely in dairy cattle for the safety of the animals and farmers working with them. When performed at an early age with appropriate pain management, dehorning is a very low-stress practice. The majority of beef breeds of cattle are polled, meaning they naturally lack horns, and therefore do not require dehorning.
The FARM program encourages dehorning as young as possible. It also encourages the use of local anesthesia and anti-inflammatories. Dehor