Amelioration of pain and distress in tail-ringed lambs using homeopathy

Introduction: To reduce the incidence of blowfly strike in dirty fleece, lowland lambs in England usually have their tails docked at between 1 and 7 days old. A small and very tight rubber ring is applied to the tail 35 to 50 mm from the base of the tail, thereby constricting the blood supply. The distal part of the tail falls off 2 or 3 weeks afterwards. Whilst it is in the long term welfare interests of the sheep, this routine operation results in short term pain and discomfort for between 15 and 30 minutes. This experiment was conducted to see if homeopathy could be used to ameliorate the discomfort.

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