Calves, Infection control, Animal welfare, Cattle, Dehorning.
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Horns on domesticated cattle serve no useful purpose and are responsible for losses which, in the aggregate, amount to many thousands of pounds every year. Horn-caused bruises lead to reduced prices for beef carcasses, and many cases of mastitis in dairy herds have their origin in udder injuries resulting from horn-prods. In addition, the fear inspired by horned "boss cows" leads to lowered milk production from their more timid herd-mates, while the possession of horns adds to the risks of handling the herd bulls.
"The dehorning of cattle,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 6:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol6/iss2/6