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Disbudding and Dehorning
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Disbudding and Dehorning refers to the removal of the "horn buds" on a young goat, or, the removal of grown or growing horns on an older goat. The practice of either disbudding or dehorning is a subject of controversy amongst many people simply because some people prefer to leave the goat in its natural state while others have found that leaving the horns on a goat can cause certain problems. In either case, it should be understood that the removal of the buds or horns is a serious matter that requires experience to perform. The horns on a goat act as a "cooling mechanism" that connect to the sinus cavities at the head. I will attempt to detail the pros and cons of disbudding and dehorning as well provide articles to the methods used for the actual process. If you are new to goats or are contemplating getting goats, I would suggest that you consider the subject of horns very carefully before making your decision on getting horned goats or polled (hornless) goats.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.

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