Painful husbandry

cropped-brahman.jpgAustralia’s livestock industries face significant challenges in maintaining high standards in animal welfare considering the extensive nature of farming and harsh climatic conditions. Cattle in remote areas are extensively reared, have minimal handling and infrequent monitoring and thus, are subjected to painful husbandry procedures such as castration and de-horning, often as larger, more mature animals, which increases the risk of welfare compromise. Our group is identifying objective measures for the assessment of pain in cattle and then using these to investigate the use of on-farm analgesic techniques which are practical, efficacious and cost effective.