A Different Sort of Branding Pain

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Opinion

Ah, branding … set to coincide perfectly with the start of the wedding season. As if the blindingly white legs of a farmer in a skirt aren’t nearly distracting enough, they must also be embellished with bruises. We held our branding on the last weekend of May, and I’m still thinking about pain mitigation for calves (mine, mostly). By now you likely know National Farm Animal Care Council has drafted a new version of the Beef Cattle Code of Practice, which outlines welfare strategies for branding. For the most part, we’ve always followed these guidelines.  We chose not to band…

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