Animal Welfare in British Farming»Beef

Are male cows castrated in the beef industry?

Yes

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85% of male cows used for beef are castrated. The most common method used is applying a tight rubber ring around the scrotum to cut off blood supply and sever it from the body. Cows are castrated to make their flesh tenderer and to simplify management.

Castration is painful procedure for cows. A study from New Mexico State University stated

Pain is inherently a part of castration and cannot be avoided. The pain of castration occurs first as acute, short-term pain associated with the actual castration procedure. Chronic pain is the longer-lasting pain that occurs in the days following castration until the injury is healed

Castration device and rubber rings

Castration device and rubber rings

For rubber band castration no anesthesia is required if the animal is under a week old, for any other method (such as surgical removal) no anesthesia is required if the animal is under two months old.

Castration of a dairy calf using a rubber band

Castration of a dairy calf using a rubber band