Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Dehorning Paste Smackdown

March 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

dehorningpasteLiving here on the cramped island of Manhattan, where “nature” amounts to little more than the trees in Marcus Garvey Park, it’s easy to feel disconnected from our ranching brethren out West. So I occasionally try and force myself to get in touch with the ways of livestock management, the better to appreciate the care and technology—yes, technology—that goes into my occasional plate of dibi.

While recently perusing this detailed compendium of must-have goat-ranching supplies, I came across a mention of Dr. Naylor Dehorning Paste. It’s basically a simple preparation of lye and lime that, when applied to the heads of young livestock, prevents horns from ever growing in. This ostensibly eliminates the need for dehorning later in life, a process that involves some extremely scary-looking instruments.

It turns out that Dr. Naylor has something of an arch-nemesis in Dr. Larson’s, the other leading manufacturer of dehorning paste. Both have been around for upward of six decades, and were founded by real-live veterinarians (rather than fictional mascots such as Tipsy McStagger). Who makes the superior dehorning paste? Microkhan hopes his more livestock-inclined readers might answer that for the rest of us.

More on Dr. Howard “Wing” Naylor here. And a first-hand account of his product’s efficacy here. (Warning: Potentially objectionable material for vegetarians.)

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  • Joel

    Pardon leaving a technical quibble as a comment about horns, but in NetNewsWire your RSS feed shows up with the title “Untitled Source”. That is all.

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    You’re not the first to bring this up. A bug with the Cutline theme, actually. Will work on it over the weekend, comrade.

  • Ms. C. Billings

    I just had the unfortunate experience of using Dr. Naylor’s Dehorning Paste. I followed the directions exactly, using a tiny wooden spatula, covering the horn button and the small circle around it, and leaving it on for 30 minutes. The twin babes were 4 days old, and now at 1 month of age the doeling has one horn sticking up and the buckling looks as though a horn is about to rise out from under the chemically burned caps left from the treatment as well.
    I now have to put them through the hell of being dehorned a second time, at an older age using the dehorning iron.
    Stay away from that stuff, it’s bad news!

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