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Was in Tractor Supply today and paged through a magazine called 'Pigs'. One sidebar about castration said you could do it surgically or by banding them. Maybe the pigs in NY are built differently, but I'm not so sure that banding would work. Maybe what I'm thinking of, that is the banding device to use on bull calves, isn't what they're talking about? Anyone really do this?
 

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I've castrated a lot of pigs. Not one of them could have been banded. Sounds like a journalist writing about things they don't understand. They know, from reading, that goats, sheep, cattle, men, etc can be banded so they illogically conclude pigs can be banded. They probably have never castrated anything in their life.

Remember, everything you read hear (on the internet) is valid information you can swallow without salt. But beware of those official media publications! :)

By the way, I no longer castrate. It isn't necessary for our herd as we don't have boar taint. Boars have the advantage of growing faster which is valuable.

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-Walter
Sugar Mountain Farm
in the mountains of Vermont
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Just my opinion here - I have found that the publications "Pigs", "Goats", etc., that are found in TSC and other feed stores (Country Max for example) are geared more toward hobby farmers (NOT a put-down to hobbyists at all!) or those just starting with said animal. The journalists interview those in the know and write an article about it. It's not always accurate info. Notice the price on those mags? Some of them are $6 and up per issue!
 

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Yep, that's why I was just paging through it. The only rag I buy there is the occasional Acres magazine. The pics of the Large Blacks caught my eye and I had to page through it. Used to raise pigs so there may have been some nostalgia...
Walter - I've sold boars from your stock (bought from another member here that bought from you) that weren't cut and had absolutely no complaints. Not sure if it's you're genetics, or what it was, but they were fine.
 

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.netDude, glad to hear it. My wife reading over my shoulder said, "They're spreading, they're everywhere!" meaning pigs she's known. :)
 
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