Journal article

Effects of surgical or banding castration on stress responses and behaviour of bulls

AD Fisher, TW Knight, GP Cosgrove, AF Death, CB Anderson, DM Duganzich, LR Matthews

Australian Veterinary Journal | AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY ASSN | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of surgical and latex banding methods of castration in 14- and 9-month-old bulls. DESIGN: Two randomised, controlled experiments. PROCEDURE: In Experiment 1, following administration of local anaesthetic, 14-month-old bulls were castrated by either surgical or banding methods, or left entire. Behavioural, plasma cortisol, plasma haptoglobin and bodyweight responses were recorded. A group of steers from the same mob was used as an additional comparison for bodyweight data. In Experiment 2, following administration of local anaesthetic, 9-month-old bulls were castrated by either surgical or banding methods and cortisol, haptoglobin and bodyweight responses wer..

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