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Goat Welfare
Disbudding goats
  1. David Harwood
  1. Honorary Veterinary Surgeon, British Goat Society, AHVLA – Winchester, Itchen Abbas, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1BX
  1. e-mail: davidvet{at}waitrose.com

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I HAVE recently completed a series of six meetings on goat health and welfare, funded by Defra and organised by ADAS, around England. The meetings were aimed at all goat owners, regardless of the size of their herd or level of experience, and approximately 250 delegates attended in total.

The meetings focused predominantly on goat welfare, using the Animal Welfare Act 2006 ‘welfare needs’ as its theme. One of the issues discussed was mutilations, and in particular disbudding. In the UK, goat …

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