Comparison of the effects of three different dehorning techniques on behavior and performance in feeder cattle in a western Kansas feedlot

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dc.contributor.author Neely, C.D.
dc.contributor.author Kerr, C.A.
dc.contributor.author Anderson, David E.
dc.contributor.author Thomson, Daniel U.
dc.contributor.author Reinhardt, Christopher D.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-03T16:29:28Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-03T16:29:28Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-03
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13554
dc.description.abstract Removing the horns of cattle when they arrive at feeding facilities is a common practice to reduce injury to other cattle. Bruising on carcasses of cattle that have been housed in pens containing horned cattle increases noticeably. Horned feeder cattle marketed in Arkansas regional livestock auction barns received average discounts of $3.23/cwt in 2005, giving producers the incentive to dehorn their cattle before marketing. Three common techniques (tipping, dehorning, and banding) are utilized in the field to remove or reduce horn length in beef cattle. Tipping is the practice of removing the tip of the horn such that the diameter of the horn is approximately 1 to 1.5 inches in diameter. Dehorning is mechanically cutting the horns off at the base of the horn near the head. The use of high-tension rubber bands to dehorn cattle has recently been implemented in some cattle feeding facilities. The band restricts blood circulation to the horns, resulting in necrosis, and the horns eventually fall off. This study was conducted to establish baseline data on behavior and feedlot performance in cattle dehorned using these techniques. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen's Day, 2012 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 12-231-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 1065 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Beef Cattle Research, 2012 is known as Cattlemen's Day, 2012 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Dehorning en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Feedlot en_US
dc.title Comparison of the effects of three different dehorning techniques on behavior and performance in feeder cattle in a western Kansas feedlot en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.citation.epage 18 en_US
dc.citation.spage 15 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid thomson en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid danderso en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid cdr3 en_US

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