That was today. Our vet came out to do the deed as we do not wield a disbudding iron, and even if we had one, we would not use it. It’s a moderately tricky process, and if you heat up their little heads for too long, they can be in peril for their lives.
In a dairy operation, I don’t have any room for horns. They use them against each other, and I am not in favor of torn udders. So we suck it up a few days post-partum, and have the vet do it for us. And when the vet does the disbudding, the babies get an anti-inflammatory, a local for pain, and a tetanus antitoxin. So it is the way we roll. And today went well. I will check them before I go to bed, but they were looking alert before I came back to the house a little while ago. And so it goes!