Dehorning is a common practice in the Northern Australia beef industry. While deemed a necessary practice due to the risk horns pose to both workers and the cattle, dehorning is known to cause significant discomfort and bleeding. Despite poll genetics becoming more popular, dehorning is likely to continue into the future. So what can we do to improve this practice? This study investigates ways to reduce pain and bleeding in the extensive northern Australian environment.

Dr Mobashwer Alam headshotMelissa Wooderson

Melissa is a fourth-year (part-time) PhD candidate in the University of Queensland’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).
In 2011, she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Plant and Animal Biosecurity and Animal Science. Since then Melissa spent 6 years working in livestock health in north Queensland with the Queensland Department of Agriculture, before moving to the Northern Territory to focus on livestock research. Currently Melissa is based at the Victoria River Research Station, and is completing her PhD studies part time.

Melissa Wooderson, PhD Candidate, Centre for Animal Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: m.wooderson@uq.edu.au

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