Evaluation of two caustic paste brands when disbudding calves

PI: Sylvia Kehoe


Kehoe is a professor of dairy science and an assistant chair of the department at UW–River Falls. She teaches courses on lactation and milk quality as well as animal welfare.

In the US, more than 94 percent of dairy calves require disbudding, a process that removes their horn tissue. Caustic paste is increasing in popularity; however, no research has been done to evaluate appropriate application volumes. The primary objective of this research is to determine the necessary volume of two different brands of paste for effective disbudding. The secondary objective is to determine pain and wound healing from these different paste volumes and brands. Kate Creutzinger from the Department of Animal and Food Science is collaborating on this project.