Thesis / Dissertation

Welfare implications of castration and disbudding procedures on calves

Gabriela Almeida Marquette, Andrew Fisher (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Castration and disbudding are necessary husbandry practices commonly performed in farms which have the potential to induce stress and pain if not managed correctly. Depending on the severity of a stressor, potential stress responses can suppress immune function, lower resistance to disease-causing factors, contribute to, and result in, reduced animal welfare. Scientific literature is discordant on what recommendations should be transferred to farmers and practitioners regarding the preferred age to castrate and disbud calves. This lack of scientific support to guide recommendations is even more noticeable in suckler beef calves, since most of the disbudding studies have used dairy calves and..

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