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Posted: 01/12/2024
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Lidocaine-Infused Bands for Cattle and Sheep: Revolutionizing Pain Management in Livestock

If we told you there’s a way to deliver a long-term, local anesthetic during calf or lamb castration while spending less time and labor to do so, would you believe us? Probably not, which is why we had to show you firsthand exactly how it’s possible. Meet Lidoband, a new castration product that’s revolutionizing livestock pain management.

Challenges with Standard Castration Methods

Just in the U.S. alone, cattle producers perform an estimated 15 million bovine castration procedures annually. Though it’s a common industry practice that’s used to control reproduction, reduce aggression, and improve meat quality, it’s a painful one. But it also costs producers time.

Surgical castration not only requires an incision to remove the testicles, the recovery period requires frequent monitoring (especially for calves) to ensure the animal is eating and that it’s free from infection or bleeding. As surgical castration creates an open wound, it opens the door to potential infections, fly strike and costly disease treatments, which might add to the animal’s pain level. This method also requires skilled veterinarians to perform the procedure.

Elastrator band castration is another option for both calves and lambs, though providing local anesthesia isn’t practical for most herds. That said, some animal stress can be avoided when castration is done outside of weaning.

Innovative Focus on Animal Welfare

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) recommends that “pain management be considered the standard of care during all dehorning and disbudding procedures” however, the language for castration isn’t as prescriptive (just encouraged). Unfortunately, many studies continue to show low stats related to pain mitigation for these and other cattle procedures.

Lidoband seeks to change these stats with a patented product that reduces castration pain. Using advanced technology, Lidoband enhances animal comfort by delivering lasting lidocaine effects throughout the duration of the castration procedure. The band’s 80 mg of lidocaine seeps into the animal’s scrotal tissue as soon as 2 hours after application and it lasts up to 42 days.

Upgrading your operation to Lidoband also improves animal welfare by:

  • Requiring no injections
  • Providing a bloodless castration
  • Preventing tail, scrotal, and navel wound fly strike
And it’s not just animal welfare that improves with Lidoband. By eliminating the need for surgery and injections, this breakthrough product decreases labor and time costs for producers to lighten the workload as well.

How Pain Management Also Benefits Profits

Just imagine what it would feel like for part of your body to lose circulation for several weeks. It's difficult to accomplish much when the chronic pain persists. Eating, working, even walking becomes a challenge! The same can be said for animals.

When controlling pain in livestock occurs across a longer time period, the effects add up in positive ways. Lidoband's slow-release process relieves pain throughout the procedure (up to 42 days). This long-term local anesthetic not only improves the animal's welfare, but also helps encourage them to eat and drink during a time when their feed and water intake often decline. This can help increase daily rate of gains ultimately increasing your profits at time of sale. It's a win-win for livestock and producers with less pain and more profits, respectively.

Lidoband for Calf and Lamb Castration

NEW Lidoband Castration Bands for Calves and Lambs are bloodless castration, lidocaine-impregnated latex bands for calves under 250 pounds and lambs under 50 pounds. The lidocaine blocks sodium channels which prevent nerve impulses. This local anesthetic lasts throughout the process, and after 3-6 weeks of reduced blood circulation, the testicles fall off on their own.

How to Use Lidobands

Applying Lidobands is simple, but you’ll need a Band Castrator tool. This easy-to-use, one-person model is available in either nylon plastic (economy) or aluminum (premium) construction, and can be used on calves, lambs, and goats.

To avoid contact with the lidocaine, always use gloves when applying Lidobands and read label instructions completely. Using your band applicator, puncture the blister pack surface on band packaging. Remove the band from the package while loaded on your applicator prongs. Squeeze the applicator handle to spread the band. Pull both testicles into the scrotum and place the band above the testicles. Remove the applicator.

Step-by-step graphic how to use Lidoband

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Purchases Support the National 4-H Council Partnership

While this product aims to improve animal welfare, its manufacturer also aims to show dedication to America's youth. Solvet is a proud partner of the National 4-H Council. To boost the Council's impactful initiatives and innovative agriculture efforts, Solvet will donate 5 cents from each Lidoband sale ($.05/band) back to the Council. This contribution helps 4-H empower young people with enduring life skills and grow the next generation of innovative leaders.

Reduce Animal Pain and Producer Time with Lidoband Castration Bands

Lidoband is the breakthrough in castration protocols that every operation can benefit from. These innovative bands help producers meet (and exceed) industry animal welfare standards by easing the animal’s pain and easing the operation’s labor time on castration. Enhance your herd or flock’s comfort and simplify castration with Lidoband – available at PBS Animal Health.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this article, and all other articles by pbsanimalhealth is for informational purposes only. This article may have been prepared from multiple sources at the time it was written and is not intended to be used as a sole source of information in making any purchase or specific product use decision. We recommend you always consult with your attending veterinarian to properly diagnose any health-related condition before initiating any prevention or treatment program. Always read and follow each product’s current label instructions and Warnings before use.

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