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Welfare outcomes for 3- and 6-month-old beef calves in a tropical environment castrated surgically or by applying rubber rings

By J. C. Petherick, A. H. Small, D. J. Reid, I. G. Colditz, D. M. Ferguson

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Castration of cattle using rubber rings is becoming increasingly popular due to the perceived ease of the procedure and greater operator safety when compared with surgical castration. Few comparative studies have investigated the effects of different castration methods and calf age on welfare outcomes, particularly in a tropical environment. Thirty Belmont Red (a tropically adapted breed), 3-month-old (liveweight 71-119 kg) and 30, 6-month-old (liveweight 141-189 kg) calves were assigned to a two age * three castration (surgical, ring and sham) treatment factorial study (Surg3, Surg6, Ring3, Ring6, Sham3 and Sham6, n=10 for each treatment group). Welfare outcomes were assessed post-castration using: behaviour for 2 weeks; blood parameters (cortisol and haptoglobin concentrations) to 4 weeks; wound healing to 5 weeks; and liveweights to 6 weeks. More Surg calves struggled during castration compared with Sham and Ring ( P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 171
Pages 47-57
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.08.018
Language English
Author Address The University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, PO Box 6014, N. Rockhampton, QLD 4701, Australia.c.petherick@uq.edu.au carol.petherick@daf.qld.gov.au
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  1. Age
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animals
  4. Blood
  5. Bovidae
  6. Calves
  7. Castration
  8. Cattle
  9. Effect
  10. Healing
  11. Hydrocortisone
  12. Inflammation
  13. Interactions
  14. Liveweight gains
  15. Mammals
  16. Pain
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. performance traits
  19. Research
  20. Ruminants
  21. safety
  22. surgery
  23. ungulates
  24. vertebrates
  25. Wounds and injuries
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  1. peer-reviewed