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Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by Island Creek Farm, Aug 23, 2011.
Has anyone used a breeding buck (maybe 2 years old) and then castrated them? Any issues?
I can't think of a reason why to wether an older buck. I Imagine it'll be too late to still use the meat as 'wether meat' and I think it would be a lot more stressfull and painfull for the older buck to be castrated than for a young one.
I wethered a two year old once. It was sure hard on him, but it had to be done. It's MUCH easier on the critter to wether at a very young age - I do them before they are ten days old. This poor guy was sore and feeling sorry for himself for a couple of weeks. I had to have a vet do it, so that he could be anesthetized properly and also wanted to be sure it was done absolutely right and complete.
That wether had a great life afterwards. I sold him to a friend who raised Morgan horses and he was her barn "mascot" for many many long years.
Usually though I would not do it. It IS hard on them when they are older like that.
I had boys 2 done at 3 years using the calicate banding method. It actually wasn't to bad and the boys never acted too sore or sick. The vet we took them to cut the testes off 5 days after putting the band on so there wasn't a hunk of rotting meat there. One of those boys is still in my pack team at 8 years old this year.
If I were going to castrate an older buck it wouldn't be by banding.
Have it done surgically and he won't know the difference. I am sure the vet
charges an arm and a leg to do it, we are just lucky enough to live near a
vet school that only charges $20.00. Includes anesthetic, updated shots
and scalpel castration.
The calicate process is a little different than banding a baby. It is done under the supervision of a vet and with anesthetic. The main difference is that it leaves no open wound. These boys were done at Caine Research Center in Idaho.
I didn't mean to imply anything by that. I have never heard of that process.
After this years crop, I have decided I may not band anymore. We had some
ickies this year and if I could avoid dealing with those by surgical castration,
I will. Just seems to invite too many opportunities for infection when banding.
I will have to do some research on the method you mentioned.
I just wanted to clarify for newbies so that they will research their options. I've only found 1 vet that does calicrate in Or. She's in Woodburn.
$20 for surgical is excellent. I paid $65 each for these boys, 5 years ago.
Sounds very painful any way you do it, I would sell him or take him to sale barn as a lot easier on him and you can make some $$ .
just me tho, :/ linda
Last year two bucks that were 7ish? were castrated here by my vet, the bigger of the two took about 48hrs before he was completely back to acting like himself. The smaller buck was acting like nothing had happened within a few hours.
Here they are after sedation , so you can see they werent little or anything..