So, now that I have my kids all present and accounted for, I will need a quick but comprehensive lesson in how to bloodlessly castrate them. Until Jo at Little Ffarm Dairy suggested doing them at 7 days, I had thought I wouldn’t need to think about this for another 4 or so months; if at all! (I know, I know, try not to laugh too hard.)
Thank-you for setting me straight again Jo, my mentor, my friend. Me thinks those web-cams could come in handy right about now! I had read that you can butcher the goats at 5 months, just before they become sexually mature. Hence, I thought I’d get away with not having to castrate… So now that that illusion has been dispelled, I’ll need some more advice.
I have the loan of a Burdizzo clamp but no one who is knowledgeable or willing to help with its use. In my Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners, it says to clamp one side then the other. With the diminutive size of these little guys’ testicles, I just can’t see managing this without hurting, or even cutting the scrotal sac. I have also read about smaller Burdizzo’s being available but cannot locate one here, on the internet, or at our feed supply store.
If you have answers to the following, I’d appreciate hearing from you (or better yet, if you happen to be in the area… )
Just how important is it that they get done this young?
Does anyone know of a supplier that will mail order the smaller 9″ Burdizzo?
Does anyone know of a site with a really good description of how to do this?
Is there any reason why I can’t clamp both sides at once on these little fellows?
Any other advice welcome.