HornStop Instant Dehorner

How to Make Best Use of the Hornstop:
The Hornstop cordless, instant action device is designed for the dehorning of individual newly-born calves as soon as their buds can be palpated.

The Hornstop heats up at the moment it is pressed against a horn bud. Within 3 seconds it reaches its operating temperature of 1400°F. There us no need to specially prepare the dehorning site.

To take full advantage of the unique Hornstop features, follow these hints:

1.       Never use the Hornstop any longer than really necessary, with each individual application to last no longer than 6-9 seconds—don’t overuse the Hornstop!

2.       Always dehorn individual calves as soon as possible. Don’t allow number to build up—this is best for the animals, yourself, and the Hornstop (most efficient use).

3.       To assure a successful dehorning, the calf’s head should be perfectly restrained. This avoids the possibility of horn re-growth or infection.

4.       After each dehorning operation it is important to check for a full white circular incision down to the skull; briefly reapply if necessary.

To Charge:
In addition to keeping the Hornstop as fully charged as possible (whenever not in use the unit should always be returned to its adaptor), it is very important to precondition the unit’s battery.

1.       Normal: Remove Hornstop and mains power charger from package, plug charger into wall socket, and push the small plug into the Hornstop socket, midway along the housing. Note: the initial charge duration is 24 hours, and subsequent recharging requires approximately 30 minutes per dehorned calf. However, except when in use, the Hornstop should remain attached to the charger. Fully charged, the Hornstop can dehorn at least 15 calves before recharging is necessary (while in operation a fading of the LED light indicates a low charge status), provided that after multiple applications the battery is allowed sufficient recovery time (i.e minimum 5 minutes after 10 calves).

2.       Rapid: As a limited alternative, for those who need to dehorn more than 15 calves in the same day, the Hornstop can be recharged via the supplied cigarette lighter adaptor (12 V/earth negative). Recharging in this manner requires approximately 6 minutes per dehorned calf. Note: To protect the long life of the Ni-Cad battery pack, not only should the initial charging never be performed in this way, but even temporary rapid recharging should be kept to a minimum (the adaptor and Hornstop will heat up). Neither should the Hornstop ever remain connected to this adaptor for longer than 30 minutes at any time (before reconnecting always wait until the cigarette lighter adaptor has cooled down completely.)

To Use:
A. With horn buds which are only just palpable: There is no need for any special preparation of the dehorning site. However, it is important that the animal is properly restrained. With the cap removed, and the wrist put through the sling, place the Hornstop head over the palpable horn and press down firmly (this automatically switches the Hornstop and the LED light on). When smoke appears, rotate the Hornstop back and forth two or three times to cut a ring through the hair, the skin and the horn tissue right down to the skull ‑ withdraw the Hornstop (this will switch the unit off). This simple operation should take between 5 and 7 seconds per horn and is enough to eliminate any further horn growth with these embryonic skin buds.

B. With horn buds which are clearly visible: Proceed as above. After having cut the complete ring around the obvious horn bud it is then necessary to remove the such created disc of horn tissue in the center of the ring. (Once bony growth under the horn bud has begun, healing can be supported from within this Processus Corpus ‑ thus the need to eliminate all the tissue within the cauterized ring). This expanded operation will take between 8-12 seconds per horn.

The most pleasing results will be obtained by dehorning calves as soon as the buds can be felt not only because the end product is more desirable but also due to the fact that younger animals experience less shock. 

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