Banding vs Burdizzo?

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  1. apirlawz

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    Hi all,

    Well, I haven't "got my goat" yet, which means I've been trying to do all the reading I can until that fateful day! :haha:

    One of the things that I've come across a few times is how do deal with the vast majority of buck kids that will not be kept intact for breeding. I always thought that banding would be the way to go (no blood, smashing of tender boy parts, etc.), but the more I look into it, the more I see that it's become somewhat unpopular by many folks raising goats for being inhumane, and possibly inviting infection. Now, it seems that "those in the know" suggest a burdizzo, or emasculator to crush the cords and blood supply to the testes. Granted, it's certainly not painless, but the argument is that the kid recovers much more quickly, and no body parts drop off, inviting tetanus and other nasty infections.

    What do you think about this? Do you band, or emasculate? How do your kids seem to handle the procedure? What complications have you seen?

    Lastly, I'd like to thank you all for enabling another future addict. :D

    April
     
  2. trickham

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    Actually, I go for option #3, cutting. It is more humane actually than banding, for the reasons that you mentioned. I considered using a emasculatome, but I understand that there is a risk there too. I think the idea is to crush the spermatic cord, but not the blood vessels. If you crush the blood vessels, so I have heard, it will cause the testes to swell up and possibly burst. That sounds horrible to me. So I just cut. It only takes a few minutes, and other than walking around sore for a day or so they don't even seem to notice. I've never lost a kid from using this method, or had any complications. But I think its just kind of an individual choice which method you use.
     

  3. Laura Workman

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    I prefer cutting as well. It looks brutal, but complications are very few, and it's a sure thing immediately, unlike a burdizzo.
     
  4. apirlawz

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    Well, that's something I would not want to take on without supervision initially, but if this works, I'm willing to look into it. Do you just remove the testes, or is the whole scrotum removed? What would I be looking at as far as suturing, local anesthetics, etc?
     
  5. Tracy in Idaho

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    I have always banded -- I have never -- never -- had any problem at all. The couple I did this year didn't even seem to notice I put them on. (I did a ton of calves as well) I usually don't even bother though, my boys are eaten before it matters.

    The neighbors down the road use a knife. They simply make a cut over each testicle and pull them out, taking as much cord as you can. I have also seen folks just cut the entire bottom of the scrotum off and pull the two out through the bottom. Douse with iodine, and turn them loose.

    Tracy
     
  6. trickham

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    I have been using the last method that Tracy described. I cut off about half of the scrotum and then pull out each testicle, including as much of the spermatic cord as possible, squirt them down with iodine, and turn them loose. As I stated earlier, they walk a little bow legged for a day or so, but after that they don't seem to be uncomfortable. This is the method that my grandfather used on calves all of his life and we continue to use on the cattle. I have never lost a goat, and to the best of my knowledge we have never lost a calf.
     
  7. Stacy Adams

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    I band my boys between 6-8 weeks old and like Tracy, have never had a problem.. You guys & gals who cut, how old are they when you do it? and do you need someone to hold 'n someone to cut?
     
  8. trickham

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    Stacy,

    Actually, I just cut them whenever I get around to it. :eek: But it can be done anywhere from 2 weeks up I think. One time I tried doing it the way Pat Coleby says she does, in her book Natural Goat Care, the first day the buckling is born. That did not turn out well. I didn't lose him, but he was never very thrifty after that.
     
  9. Baaa

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    We band here and its usually around 2 months old. I give them a tetnus shot as its starting to get hot, we have never had a problem .
    They do lay around for a day or two but they eat and jump around also during this time like they did before banding and after about 2 days .. they are fine and back to their normal self. To me its just easier,safer & no blood loss to scatter around the pen.
     
  10. okgoatgal2

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    i also cut, about oh....1/2 inch or so off the bottom of the scrotum, pull the testicles out one at a time, douse it and let em go. they don't even seem to walk funny to me-takes 30 seconds or less and it's done, and you know it worked. anywhere from a week on up, depending on how things are going that yr. little blood. yes, i have someone hold them. just makes it easier, but i had to have someone hold the few i've banded, and it takes longer for me to make sure that little band is in the right place and the testicles are down, etc. i use sharp scissors that i disinfect between each kid.
     
  11. Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians

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    And then there is me :) There is this really cute S&M emoticon gal with a whip I would use right now if it was here :)


    What you making wethers for? In a true homestead/frugal business running farm your boys would be gone, either sold into breeding homes or on the way to the freezer or locker plant or..way before they are sexually active at 4 months. It's uneconomical to keep bucks who are freezer meat past 12 weeks, once they start consuming grain, just like rabbits, they should be butchered, not held over. You also don't want to even think, being new, about making pets. You also need to know your meat market if you are going to sell most of your boys for meat, most if not all meat guys in my area want the bucks intact. If you don't castrate you also don't have to vaccinate, so your meat would be 'organic' :rolleyes: yeah I know :)


    I don't make wethers. Vicki
     
  12. apirlawz

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    Well, until I know what the heck I'm doing and can actually recognise and produce a quality animal, there is no way I would try to pawn off one of my intact kids on an unsuspecting public! :eek: Which means that for the first few years, I will have a very full freezer.

    I do want to keep a couple of wethers. I have about 7 acres of really brushy woods that I would like them to help clean up a little over the next few years, and I am also interested in packing, and since I intend on getting Saanens, I figure a wether would make a pretty good pack goat. So essentially, they would be pets with a purpose.

    With this in mind, I really want to make sure I get my castrating job done correctly. With a majority of the buck kids, I probably will just let them go until just before they start getting "frisky" and then butcher, but for the couple that will get "nipped in the bud(s)", I really want to be sure I know what I'm doing!

    April

    ps...you should have seen the look on my hubby's face when I asked him which method he thought I should use!! Of course, I had to give him a full description of each method.... :eek: LOL!!!
     
  13. Milking Mom

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    Back in the stone age, when my girls were in school. I used to band our lambs. The baby goat boys were either sold or freezer meat within a few months old so I didn't bother with them.
    .....Story: A lady called me asking about banding her pygmy goat. After 3 or 4 telephone calls I told her to just bring him here and I would band him. I informed her of everything that would happen from start to finish. I never heard from her again....until I called 2 weeks later to see how the little guy was doing. She informed me that he was in so much pain that she had to take him to the vet, emergency visit plus +++, well over $100.00, that afternoon after banding and had to have it "surgically" removed. I said you had what surgically removed and she said "Well the band of course." I called up to the vet's office (whom I had known for years.)to see what exactly happened and he said that the goat was laying around and not wanting to walk because he just got banded and it was hurting some so he cut off the band just to please the woman. I said well what in the world did you charge her over $100.00 for and he said ..."Just for being stupid." :haha: :haha: :haha:

    Banding will hurt some. I have had lambs fall down on the ground and act like their back legs don't work, completely refuse to walk, but usually the next day they are up running around again. After a while it cuts off the blood circulation and it goes numb and they can't feel it anyway. It shrivels up and falls off, making a nice neat clean butt. I have not cut my lambs or goats, but I do castrate our bull calves just like it is described above. That hurts too for a day or so I am sure, but it is necessary to get their mind off sex and onto eating.
     
  14. Kaye White

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    Well...here I go! I band here at about 10-14 days.I don't butcher my bucklings- :eek: I prefer beef to goat meat.Just my preference.

    Now for reason: Years ago I didn't band,castrate,whatever and had a "shady" character show up wanting *MEAT* goats.Yea,I was assured,"To eat."So,being the naive person that I WAS...sold him two bucklings at 2 weeks old-for $20!.WELL... :mad: come fall and breeding season...lo and behold there were flyers all over the feed stores advertising stud service to these two bucklings!No papers but from "outstanding milking nannies and show herd." AND for only $5.00 per breeding! He made more money out of those two *meat goats* than I did from Reg.proven buck and I guess he bred every *nanny* in 4 counties...because I ran into people all the time touting the virtues of their $5 breeding as opposed to my $15.00 with s.memo! Vowed then and there....nothing leaves here with testicles,that is not top notch and intended for breeding purposes.They are meat priced with rubber band thrown in free!

    Kaye
     
  15. Thumper/inOkla.

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    I have banded, it's ok, I don't think it is cruel at all.
    I like cutting because it is faster, they hollar at the cut, so far I haven't been able to get a full cut through both the skin and membrane at the 1st cut, [so that is 2 cuts per side, but I do have a steady hand so the cuts are clean and well matched, no saw marks or jaged edges] I spray with a 1% phenol throat spray to put the nerves to sleep as needed, they react to the pulling, but be brave and pull everything you can out, they bleed less and heal faster. make sure you get through the membrane, it looks white-ish or cloudy and sorta dry compaired to the testicals.

    90% of the time they go with on their normal behavior like nothing happened. The others I spend extra time with to make sure they are fully ok, eating/walking etc.
    I have had no complications at all.
     
  16. apirlawz

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    Oh geez, now that's a possibility I'd never considered! But then, you must have some mighty fine goats if your cull bucks are throwing kids that are getting raves!! :D
     
  17. Laura Workman

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    'K, here are the detailed cutting instructions taught to me by a woman who's been doing it for 20-some years. This should be done on kids under one month old. After that, you can still do it, but it really helps to have an emasculator tool to cut and thoroughly crush the blood vessels and spermatic cord, and also to provide hemostasis.

    Also, PLEASE NOTE: This should NOT be done during or within a couple of days of a full moon because bleeding will be increased. Gravitational pull and all that. I've never done it during a full moon myself, but the woman who taught me this is not into moon magic or anything, so I'm betting she's got a scientific or conventional basis for her advice. There, you've been warned. What you do with it is your choice.

    First, for the equipment. A single-edge razor blade that's been used to cut up lots of cardboard so it's not quite so sharp. We don't want really, really sharp because a cut with a dulled blade bleeds less. Also, a pan with surgical scrub. The razor blade sits in the pan to be sterilized. Iodine wound spray - make sure it's the wound spray and not just iodine spray because plain iodine spray will burn like crazy. That's it for equipment.

    Have an assistant hold the buckling. The buckling will be sitting on the person's lap with the buckling's back facing the person. The person will have the buckling's right fore and hind leg in their right hand, and left fore and hind in the left hand. The fore and hind are positioned kind of like the animal is laying down, so the hind hoof is pointing up, the fore hoof is pointing down, and the cannon bones cross and can be gripped in one hand. The buckling's head should be tucked back under the person's arm on one side or the other. This is so that when the kid thrashes around, he doesn't bash the person in the face with his head. So now we're all set.

    Place the pan under the testicles and wash the area thoroughly. Pick up the razor with your best hand. With the off hand, grasp the bottom of the scrotum and tug slightly, nudging the testicles upward toward the kid's body. Tell the person holding the kid to hang on, because the kid will struggle hard when the cutting starts. Use the razor to cut off the lower one-third, or so, of the scrotum. You will have to saw a bit because the razor isn't that sharp, but that's a good thing, as pointed out above. Put the razor back into the pan.

    Push one testicle toward the open bottom of the scrotum, using your fingers to free it from the membrane surrounding it. Pull the testicle out a bit until you have two or three inches of spermatic cord and blood vessels free of the scrotum and membrane. Now pinch the cord and blood vessels that are still connecting the testicle to the kid firmly between your thumbnail and finger and scrape with your thumbnail a little ways up and down the cord until the cord comes apart, along with the blood vessels attached to it. The testicle will no longer be attached to the kid once the cord and blood vessels separate. Now repeat with the other side. When you've finished, spray the wound thorougly with iodine wound spray and put the kid on the ground.

    Scraping rather than just cutting the cord and blood vessels will significantly reduce bleeding. I imagine just pulling until cord and blood vessels snap would reduce bleeding as well, and I've read that a lot of people do it that way. I just don't think I'd have the nerve, what with not being able to control how far up the cord breaks and all. Yeesh!

    The kid will possibly be a little hunched up, more so if the kid is older, but there will be little if any bleeding. You'll see iodine dripping, but I've only seen blood on one or two kids and then only a couple of drops. On one much older, well-developed kid (three months old and very capable of breeding), we used the emasculator and even then he was bleeding single drops, about one every three seconds or so. We picked him up, put him back into position and held an ice pack on the area for 10 or 15 minutes while we chatted. After that he was fine.

    The kid likely will be a little subdued for a day or two, but will then return to his normal self.
     
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    So you cut the bottom of the scrotum off and then what? I'm confused.

    You just leave the testicles dangling to rot and fall off?
    You pull the testicles until the cords and veins snap off?
    You cut the testicles off?
    You scrape the testicles off with your fingernails?

    :no: :confused: :no: :confused: :no:
     
  19. Kaye White

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    Laura,
    You are absolutely right about a "full moon" and on another note...when the "signs" are in the heart or reins.
    :haha: I am not one of "those" that does everything by the moon or whatever...but for 3 mo. at the vet clinics I worked for...we kept a chart of sorts on surgeries...spays,neuters,dehorning,ect... and at the end of three mo. went back and compared the dates to the signs! :eek: Anytime they(signs) were anywhere near the heart...the surgeries bled more,had more seeping,ect.

    Vets always laughed it off until we(Techs) showed them....but it still had to be done, regardless.
    Now,if I am doing something that requires cuts to skin,or is going to bleed... :eek: I check the signs,and put it off until they're away from the heart.

    Ok,call me nuts...hubby did,until we cut scurs off buck and he bled bad...next time we did it MY way...hardly any blood at all! :cool:

    Aprilawz....some of those *nannies* bred to anything would have been an improvement! :eek: It was just a good lesson learned. Even sorry mares sometimes have nice mules when bred to the right jack! ;)
    Kaye
     
  20. Sondra Peterson

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    I banded my first two bucks born here at 2 mo. anything sold for pets are banded also at 2mo. I wait that long as it supposedly allows more growth so stones are not so prevelent. However am like Vicki anything else goes into the freezer.