Goats (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB9733 & PB0081)

Disbudding and Dehorning



51. These operations must be carried out by a veterinary surgeon(4). If disbudding is to be carried out, this should be done at the earliest possible age; 2 -3 days is ideal but not later than 10 days. Dehorning an adult goat is a stressful procedure and should be avoided.

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