Beef Cattle Welfare Topic: Castration

 Castration- Tara Risling Humans have been using cattle to aid in agricultural enterprises since the 4th millennium BC, and castration as a means of physiologically taming cattle has existed for nearly as long (Bogucki 1993; Clutton-Brock 1992). Animal welfare is growing increasingly important in the developed world. Consumers, agricultural producers, and those within the animal health industry are focussing attention on the practice of castration as it relates to animal welfare. By researching castration methodology, pain, and analgesia, the optimal means of castrating bulls will hopefully be uncovered. This paper explores some of these...