Is Dehorning Humane? Website Educates Farmers and Consumers About this Controversial Subject

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Dehorning is a controversial livestock management practice. is educating farmers about humane dehorning methods, and educating consumers about the importance of dehorning in preventing injuries to animals and humans.

It’s been more than one year since the launch of the first educational website dedicated exclusively to the subject of dehorning. (, sponsored by H.W. Naylor Company, has been helping educate producers and non-farm audiences alike about the complex, increasingly controversial issue of dehorning since its debut December 29, 2010.

According to H.W. Naylor Company President Dave Lucas, was created in response to a lack of organized information about dehorning on the Internet, as well as widespread misconceptions about the practice.

“There were people out there actually questioning the need for horn removal,” says Lucas. “At the same time, there was no centralized source for basic dehorning information for beef and dairy producers. We pulled together all the available information and research and tried to present it in a way that was helpful for both livestock producers and consumers alike.” provides information on all facets of dehorning, including pros and cons of various methods, access to research articles, pain management protocols, position statements from organizations inside and outside the industry, and answers to frequently asked questions.
“Believe it or not, quite a few visitors want to know the difference between dehorning and disbudding,” says Lucas. “Yes, there’s definitely a difference, and there are good reasons why organizations like the American Veterinary Medical Association ( and Dairy Calf and Heifer Association ( recommend disbudding at an early age.”

Over the past year, has received more than 7,000 visits, mostly through organic Web searches for “dehorning” or “dehorning calves”, but also for terms like “dehorning infection treatment”, “dehorning analgesia” and even “PETA dehorning”.

“We’re pleased to see the site is obviously being used as reference for people on all sides of the issue,” says Lucas. “We’ve also recently learned the videos are being used as a teaching tool to help non-English speaking crew members learn practical dehorning methods, both here in the United States and internationally.” welcomes guest blogs on dehorning-related topics from researchers, heifer growers, science writers and other individuals active in the dairy and beef industry. To submit a guest blog, visit, click on the “Become a Horn Talk Guest Blogger” banner and submit the Blogger Request Form.

Founded in 1926 by an upstate New York country veterinarian, H.W. Naylor Company manufactures topical medications for livestock, equine and companion animals, including Dr. Naylor Dehorning Paste and Udder Balm.

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