Country farms does not dehorn goats. Disbudding, also known as dehorning, is a common practice of removing a young goat's horns by holding a hot iron to the goat's horn buds for several seconds, without pain medication, which cauterizes all the blood vessels that make horns grow. We at Country farms believe the process is unnecessary, for our little gentle goats and cruel. It's an extremely hot iron, and it smokes, and after they do it, you smell the burning skin and the burning hair smell for awhile,she said. They scream. A lot of people put them in a box that's made for this, and only their head is sticking out, so they can't move. It's mutilation and it's torture. Not only is the procedure painful, disbudding also interferes with the rest of the goat's body. Goat horns are full of blood vessels, and that's what helps them regulate their body temperature, so that's what helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, When you take those away, you're messing with their bodies. Goats also use their horns to scratch their backs, to play and to defend themselves. "They love them - it's part of being a goat," What's more, the horns often grow back - but not in a good way. Because boy goats have so much testosterone, after about a year, they almost always grow back these little horn scurs, It's where the horn just wants to keep growing back in, and it's not a full horn anymore. So they'll grow, maybe an inch or half an inch, and some of them will curl back into the goat's head, and you have to treat them. Disbudding has also been linked to serious medical conditions like meningoencephalitis, which is the swelling of the brain and surrounding tissue.