Just because an animal does not overtly display discomfort, doesn’t mean they don’t feel any. This is true of prey animals — like cattle — where displaying pain may make them an easy target for predators. Because of this, it can be difficult to gauge how painful some procedures may be on animals. That said, we do know that cattle feel pain during certain procedures, such as castration or dehorning, so it’s important to limit this pain as much as possible.
In this episode of the Beef Research School, Dr. John Campbell, with the University of Saskatchewan, explains what we know about pain, non-medical ways of minimizes the pain of procedures and what medical products are available to use in conjunction with each procedure.
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