Beef Producers Required to Utilize More Pain Management

Pain management is not just for humans. Beginning 2018, the Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle will require addition pain control for calves undergoing procedures such as castration or horn removal. Some of the reasons for changes to the code include less stress as well as less pain for the animal.

Although many cattle producers are already using pain control, these new revisions are an accumulation of thoughts from industry people, scientists/vets, and the public. Dr John Campbell, of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, who also served on the science advisory board for the new Code of Practice, said “It a cost that doesn’t provide a huge economic advantage to producers, but it makes our business look good to the public, and we probably can’t stand back and say we can’t afford to do it”

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