I'm the biggest preacher that a polled bull is the best way to dehorn any calf but once in a while in my quest for "outcross genetics" I skip over to some horned bulls. Invariably, while most of the calves will still be polled, I still get one or two that will be "horned" and I put it quotations because they aren't true horns just anoying "half horns" or scurs that absolutly everyone hates. While I don't lie about whos scurred and not, I still don't want any horned or scurred cattle on my place and would be most appreciative for any of you to give me the best advice on using paste as I think it would be the cheapest and most convinient given my situation of only the occasional scurred calf. The "scurs" aren't "through the skin yet" but I can feel little "nubs" on the calf's head and while he's only a week old, I would like to get at them at the best time for me, the calf and his mom and would appreciate anything that anyone with any experience at this sort of thing could tell me. I've never pasted or dehorned a calf yet and when I had to have horns removed it has been done by my vet and is costly on a good day. Would like to try paste, I hear some have had excellent results with it...no marks on the head and fairly painless to the calf, cheap for me which I would like but mostly, when do I apply...at what stage of horn growth and which brand do y'all recommend. Thanks in advance for all your advice. Thanks for reading from Canada, have a good day all.