Tail Docking of Cattle

Comment on this policy

The AVMA opposes routine tail docking of cattle. Current scientific literature indicates that routine tail docking provides no benefit to the animal, and that tail docking can lead to distress during fly seasons. When medically necessary, amputation of tails must be performed by a licensed veterinarian.

Backgrounders:

Welfare Implications of Tail Docking of Cattle (PDF) .