The practice of de-horning cattle is one which we do not engage in at Mossgiel Organic Farm. The practice is widespread within conventional farming with the intent of making life on the farm safer for farm workers and other livestock.

When Farmer Bryce took over Mossgiel Farm and converted it to be an Organic Dairy Farm, he stopped the practice of de-horning the cattle. Farmer Bryce came in for some stick from other Farmers who thought he was being reckless with his own safety and the safety of the others on the Farm. What we have found though is that Cows that eat a natural diet of grass are not as frisky as those who are fed on a diet of cereals. They are more chilled out.