As of October 2019, updated animal welfare regulations now prevent untrained persons from performing calf disbudding. GVS, unlike some other dairy farm vet clinics, sedate all calves for disbudding, whilst providing concurrent local anaesthesia. Studies have shown that calf recovery post disbudding is greatly improved when coupled with sedation; calf stress is limited and calves actually have improved growth rates! Calves generally feel the effects of sedation for 1-2 hours, so clients often take the opportunity to ear tag, DNA test, vaccinate and have accessory teats removed during this time. We offer ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ standards of disbudding - call us to find out which one works best for you!
If you wish to continue disbudding your own calves, our vets can provide on farm training annually to allow you to do this. Call us for more information or to book an appointment before disbudding season.