Bander: A Removal System for Mature Horns
by Diane Mills-Frank
Callicrate smart bander has been used successfully
by producers to dehorn cattle of various sizes
and ages. First, I suggest contacting your veterinarian
to ask about his or her experience with and
knowledge of a band system. A veterinarian must
be present at the time of the banding procedure
in case of shock or rage. A tetanus toxoid must
suggest that you use safety glasses. Adequately
restrain the head of the animal to make application
easier and safer. You may want to clip the hairline
at the base of each horn. The procedure involves
inserting the end of the loop with the clip
(seam side up) into the nose of the bander.
Reach across the top of the animal’s head
and place the loop over the horn farthest from
you. Pull the bander and loop toward you. This
will keep the loop close to the head and in
the hairline at the horn base. Tighten the loop
until the tension peg on the bander touches
the back of the back of the slot. Press the
crimping lever until it will go no farther.
Cut the loop as close to the spool as possible
using the Callicrate cutter. Use duct tape over
the top of the band to keep it from rolling
up. Repeat with a second loop on the same horn,
and wrap duct tape over booth bands. Then repeat
the procedure on the other horn.
the horns to fall off in 20 to 30 days for small
to medium-sized horns. Horns with large bases
could take up to 50 days.
Ligation allows the horns to drop slowly, giving
the holes at the base of the horn time to fill
with tissue and thus leave no open hole into
the sinus. Flies and maggots are not a problem,
and dirt and debris cannot get into the sinus,
reducing chances of infection.
I strongly suggest the animal be observed closely
for the first hour.
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