Calf Series: The Law, Pain Management and Recommended Best Practice

Debudding Dairy Vets

As of 1st October 2019, the law changed around calf disbudding and dehorning.

It is now, according to regulation 57 and 58 of the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) Regulations 2018, a legal requirement that any cattle beast of any age undergoing disbudding or dehorning must be under the influence of appropriately placed and effective local anaesthetic (as a minimum) pain relief.

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