26 January 1996

Tail docker seals cut blood vessels

TAIL-dock lambs from birth to 10 weeks of age with a hand-held scissor tail docker that cuts and cauterises in one action to minimise the risk of infection, claims Ritchey Tagg.

Docking with rubber rings or by cutting can be painful for a prolonged period and leaves the wound open to infection particularly joint-ill, it claims.

Its scissor tail docker, however, is safe and portable, it says. Based on the lot knife principle. It uses gas to pre-heat the blades so blood vessels are sealed when the tail is cut in a scissor action.

It costs £119. (01765-689541)