NEW PRODUCT: Bud Guard
Bud Guard spray for post debudding is the latest new product from Provita Animal Health.
Bud Guard 500ml contains organic acids and essential oils (antibacterial and antifungal properties). It is antibiotic free and It contains a unique film-forming agent that creates a water-proof barrier to help prevent contamination and aid quick healing. The physical barrier from the spray helps to seal the area and reduce bleeding, if accidentally hit by calves when returned to pens or pasture. For use once calf has been properly debudded with hot iron under anaesthesia. It is simple to use, spray until area is sufficiently covered.
Horned cattle are a major management problem on farm, causing significant risks for both handlers and other stock. Therefore calves should be debudded as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary dehorning procedures undertaken by vets only. Dehorning does carry greater risks due to handling and side effects like cattle not thriving as well after due to the pain and stress.
Debudding is less likely to see regrowth of horn tissue as smaller buds are easier to remove completely by hot iron which is the preferred method. Also there will be less problems and impact on thrift after debudding younger calves as appropriate anaesthesia and pain relief under adequate restraint can be done easily.
Written by George Shaw, Technical Adviser. FREEPHONE 0800 328 4982