What Science Says About Tail Docking

March 4, 2016 08:58 AM

The Journal of Dairy Science (JDS) has compiled a set of 10 articles that look at the science of tail docking, a practice that will be banned under National FARM program beginning January 1, 2017.

The articles address pain, hygiene and biological responses to tail docking, and were published between 2000 and 2010.

“The practice of tail docking is being hotly debated in the dairy industry, in part because of new guidelines for milk producers,” says Matt Lucy, JDS editor-in-chief. “To enable the dairy community to better understand the science addressing the practice of tail docking, we have assembled a collection of research articles on the subject and made these freely available to better inform discussion in the dairy community.”

Free access to the articles can be made here.

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Spell Check

niangua, MO
3/4/2016 07:30 PM

  I see the point in the new tail docking guidelines. Animal welfare is an issue that everyone in agriculture has to deal with now . My only complaint with this whole issue is why are dairy cattle the only animals talked about when tail docking is mentioned. The list of animals that tails are docked on ( sheep, dog) etc. Is lengthy . So why not ban the practice for all instead of just dairy cattle if animal welfare is the key issue. I don't want to sell a perfectly good dairy heifer just because she is born without a tail or it freezes off when they are born on a sub zero morning.


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