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Seabird

Branding of Exmoor ponies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-18444674

this clip discusses the branding (ouch!) of Exmoor ponies. They say that there's no visible alternative. What about freezemarking? Works on everything but a grey so should be no problem with Exmoors    
kaz

I agree that freeze branding would appear to be the sensible and more humane option
I didn't even realise that branding was still used  
ClaireK

Freezemarking is probably too cost prohibitive, but my god what a way to be introduced to humans!!
milkermel

the word viable should be changed for cheaper. This sounds like it is the only reason they are doing branding rather than any other option.  Maybe they should be made to administer a local anasthetic before branding - bet they would soon find a cheaper option then!  No animal should have this done to them. it is just plain wrong

The collars that are used for cattle stay on and very rarely come off, they are visable. maybe the farmers should take more responsibility for their stock. Every other farmer has to.
Seabird

milkermel wrote:
the word viable should be changed for cheaper. This sounds like it is the only reason they are doing branding rather than any other option.  Maybe they should be made to administer a local anasthetic before branding - bet they would soon find a cheaper option then!  No animal should have this done to them. it is just plain wrong

The collars that are used for cattle stay on and very rarely come off, they are visable. maybe the farmers should take more responsibility for their stock. Every other farmer has to.


I agree mel.

I would have thought they could negotiate a good deal with the freezemarking companies for doing the lot each spring. I understand that microchipping is probably out because not instantly visible, but in my opinion hot iron branding is mediaeval and has no place today.

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