Quick, economical. One application on horn button before calf is 2 months old. No cutting or bleeding. Also for use on sheep & goats.
- Brand: Dr. Naylor
- Type: Dehorning Paste
We have disbudded dozens of calves with this stuff. It's far better, in our opinion, than holding them down and using an iron. The paste is done when they are so young that they barely feel it. We have a bottle ready to go as soon as we're done and keep an eye on the calf for about thirty minutes, and then he remains penned alone for the night. The only time we have had a "failure" (incomplete dehorning) was when we used really old paste. It's a good idea to get a new jar every year or two. One jar will do many, many calves so it's tempting to keep it forever. Don't. Get fresh paste.
"DO NOT USE ON GOATS!!!"
We tried this paste on our goats and it was horrible. It puts them through way too much pain and is super hard to get on their tiny buds. I would not recommend this to anyone with goats. It works great on calves that are NOT with their mamas, if you follow the instructions correctly. That said- the iron isn't that hard to use, and is less painful in the long run- not to mention, safer.
"Don't recommend for Goats"
I have seen goats disbudded with the hot iron for years & always dreaded the procedure. It is over quick - but very painfull. I had read reviews from people who used this paste & said it was less painful than the dehorning iron so i decided to try it on my Nigerian buckling. Maybe I put it on a little too thick, but he started screaming & panting after 5 minutes so I removed it & used vinegar to stop the burning. It might be better than the iron if you only had to leave it on for 5 minutes or less - but he was in way too much pain to leave it on as recommended. I took him to the vet a few days later & had him disbudded with an iron under anesthesia - best method ever! He took a nap & woke up with no horns, no pain, no stress - for him or me!. I don't think he had any idea he had been dehorned.
"USE EXACTLY AS DIRECTED"
This product works well if used exactly as directed. It is best to use on very young calves and prevent them from scratching at the site for a few hours. It is best to clip the area where you will apply it, put a ring of vaseline around the horn site and use a sparing amount of dehorning paste. Can be less traumatic on calves if done right.
"Do Not Use"
When we were new to goats we bought one from a lady and she said she could dehorn him for us before we left. We said sure and she pulled this product out. You have to leave it on for one hour and it tends to run everywhere. Make sure you have vinegar on standby to wash it off and a lot of water. I felt so bad for our little boy we pulled over and washed it off. Unfortunately his little head now has a funky spot where the hair didn't grow back. Especially do not use if you want this animal to be a show animal. Save your money and buy a burner.