The effect of pain mitigation during cautery disbudding of neonatal goat kids on subsequent health and performance
Disbudding of goat kids is a necessary but painful procedure that causes both acute and longer-term pain. Currently, most goat kids are disbudded using cautery without any pain control. Pain mitigation has been shown to improve measures of acute pain response, but little is known about the effects on longer term health and performance outcomes. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of pain mitigation using a combination of xylazine, meloxicam and lidocaine on growth and health outcomes compared to kids disbudded with no pain control.