Debudder Butane Express Belt-Pack

Debudder Butane Express Belt-Pack products

Debudder Butane Express Belt Pack cpt
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$329.00 inc. GST

The Express Butane Belt-Pack makes debudding most convenient when doing more than just a few calves. The kit includes a belt hook which enables the butane can to be belt hung. This makes the debudder handle much more convenient to use. All parts are common to all Express Debudders.
*Tip is reversible.


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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.
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