Resources for pain management in beef cattle

As of Jan. 1, producers must use pain control when castrating bulls older than six months.

The change followed a move in Jan. 1, 2016 requiring pain control when dehorning calves that have horn buds attached (that is, ones older than two to three months).

The Beef Cattle Research Council has information on mitigating pain in beef cattle effectively; practical ways to manage pain in real-life conditions; and a producer’s responsibility when it comes to pain management.

For links to these resources, a list of licensed pain control products, and a webinar with Dr. John Campbell of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, visit “Pain, Pain, Go Away” on the Beef Cattle Research Council website.

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