Debudder Butane Portasol Mk3

Debudder Butane Portasol Mk3 products

Butane Gas Refill 250ml NZ only
200 952
$19.95 inc. GST
Debudder Butane Portasol w Gas cpt
213 702
$399.00 inc. GST

The Portasol debudder has now had an upgrade to a MK3 model. This is a completely new tool, made much stronger and more durable, and with improved heat retaining properties. Ignition is improved with a new Piezo starter, and there is also the very valuable option of manual lighting when required. The jet can be removed and serviced by the user. This new tool is a top quality debudder that should last many years of use. NB: The debudder is charged with butane lighter fuel when it is dispatched. Due to freight regulations we can not include a refill-can with the debudder, nor can we supply it separately.


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Debudder Tip Sizes

All measurements given are internal diameter of tip cavity. Tip walls are usually about 2mm thick at the edge, giving outside diameters about 4mm larger than inside measurements. We recommend tip sizes from 13mm to 16mm for calves up to six weeks old, and larger sizes for older calves.

Kids usually require tip sizes larger than 16mm for successful debudding.

Horn Cap Removal

When doing cautery debudding, the bud cap DOES NOT NEED TO BE REMOVED. Removal of the cap does not improve dehorning, it increases risk of infection and creates more pain and discomfort for the calf. It certainly also risks expensive damage to ceramic-tipped debudders - damage that will void any warranty on the tool.

Cautery Debudding Tips

  • - Debudding is recommended before 8 weeks.
  • - After mustering, calves should be allowed to settle down before debudding starts.
  • - Consider the use of head bails, or a local anaesthetic to numb the horn area (older calves).
  • - It may assist to clip the hair to properly locate the horn bud and ensure a clean burn.
  • - Test the tool by burning a ring in a piece of wood, it should smoke immediately.
  • - The hot iron should completely "ring-bark" and cauterise the skin around the horn bud in 5 or 6 seconds. This is where the horn grows from. It is not necessary to remove the bud. The heat should cauterise blood and nerve vessels preventing bleeding and pain. Do NOT over-do. To guarantee no regrowth, the horn tip can be removed completely.
  • - If bleeding occurs, seal again with the hot iron. Clean debudder tip frequently with steel wool. Dirt build-up prevents proper burning.
  • - Do not put calves out in the rain immediately after debudding as infection may result. Return to a nice clean paddock with good shelter. Bud and scab should fall off in 4-6 weeks, and should not re-grow.

Note: Using techniques to minimise pain and distress should be used when performing this procedure, consult your Veterinarian.

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