What we’ve learned about castration in beef cattle

What we’ve learned about castration in beef cattle

Reynold Bergen

Canadian Cattlemen

When Canada’s 2013 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle was being developed, some participants felt it should require pain control for castration at all ages, like the dairy code. The producers and researchers on the beef code committee were confident that pain control was beneficial for feedlot bulls and dairy calves but were concerned that there was no research showing whether nursing beef calves and individually housed dairy calves respond to castration or pain relief the same way.

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