Effect of a cooling gel on pain sensitivity and healing of hot-iron cattle brands.

@article{Tucker2014EffectOA,
  title={Effect of a cooling gel on pain sensitivity and healing of hot-iron cattle brands.},
  author={Cassandra B Tucker and Erin M. Mintline and Jennifer L Ba{\~n}uelos and Kerry Walker and Bruce R Hoar and Daniel Drake and Daniel M Weary},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2014},
  volume={92 12},
  pages={5666-73}
}
Hot-iron branding is painful for cattle, but little is known about how long this pain lasts or effective alleviation methods. Previous work with pigs indicated that cooling burns with a gel (active ingredient: tea tree oil) improved healing compared to untreated wounds. Steers (210±21 kg) were hot-iron branded and allocated to 1 of 3 treatments: control (n=24), 1 gel application immediately after branding (1X; n=12), or 2 gel applications, 1 immediately after branding and one 1 d later (2X; n… CONTINUE READING

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