Nose rings are a common practice on farms and at cattle shows. They help farmers control bulls and cows, making the job easier for both parties.
They also prevent calves from suckling other cows in the herd and encourage older calves to wean.
These devices are typically plastic and have several small spikes on the edge that prod the cow if she tries to drink from her calf. This discourages the calf from nursing and also helps prevent other animals from getting mastitis when it suckles on them.
The ring is usually inserted when the animal is between 9 and 12 months old. It can be removed after the calf is weaned if necessary.
Does the ring stay in the nose for the rest of the cow’s life?
The nose ring is a type of septum piercing. This is a relatively invasive procedure that requires a veterinarian to insert a ring into the cow’s nose. This piercing makes the nose very sensitive to pressure, which is why they’re a good choice for leading bulls and controlling over-exuberant bulls out on pasture.
Nose rings can be a bit uncomfortable for the animal for a few days, but they eventually get used to them. If the ring is no longer needed, it can be cut or unscrewed to remove it. However, if you’re dealing with a bull, it’s important to keep the ring in place as he might become aggressive or even attack someone.