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Initiative 54

Humane, low pain method for castration & tail docking

During 2013 prototype devices wer tested for castration and tail docking. The aim was to produce a device that painlessly castrates lambs and calves using the rubber ring method. A device was devloped that successfully castrated lambs and effectively delivered local anaesthetic that reduced or eliminated the pain of castration over 4 hours – by which time the scrotal nerves are dead.

What are we doing?

This project will allow research teams to continue to engineer and carry out trials that advance our knowledge behind the principles of the  device.This project will help to refine the device so that it can be manufactured and suitable for large scale field studies and potentially tail docking.


August 2015

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