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Summary of pain relief use
- Castration in beef cattle in southern Australia is a routine animal husbandry procedure that results in pain at the time it is performed.
- Use of rubber rings/banding is likely to result in less pain than surgical castration.
- There is insufficient research to be sure of the best form of pain relief.
- NSAIDs (meloxicam or flunixon) should provide pain relief for longer-term chronic pain but do not appear to be effective for the initial immediate pain.
- Tri-Solfen should provide pain relief if surgical castration is necessary.
- Leaving male animals entire is not an established pathway for commercial beef production.
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