castration

Discussion in 'Pigs' started by caroline00, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. caroline00

    caroline00 Well-Known Member

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    How is this done on a pig? WE have 5 week piglets... I know when we bought our weaned pigs last year, he castrated them as we picked them up.

    Cut a slit in each side of the testicle? Saw up and down the vein with scissors/knife until it breaks? Spray with an antibiotic? I think that catching them might be the hardest part.

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  2. tyusclan

    tyusclan Well-Known Member

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    Use a very sharp knife or a scalpel. Lay the pig on his side with the back legs pulled in gently so that his back is slightly bowed. Cut as low on the scrotum as possible. Put a slight pressure on the testicle to hold it tight against the skin of the scrotum, and slit the skin of the scrotum. Then, still holding pressure on the testicle, slit through the membrane and the testicle will pop out. Cut the membrane on the concave side of the testicle and it will roll down the tube. Use the edge of the knife to gently push it down the tube as you gently pull on the testicle until the tube breaks. Do the same on the other side of the scrotum, put some antiseptic on it and you're done.

    Remember to be gentle in handling the pig as you can cause a rupture during this procedure. It doesn't happen often, but this is usually when it happens.
     

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    Ronney Well-Known Member

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    Caroline, I don't cut our boars and haven't done for the better part of 30 years. For whatever reason, one litter never got done and when they were killed and we ate them, we wondered why we had ever bothered - and haven't done since. In New Zealand it is almost unheard of now to barrow pigs.

    And if they are castrated, ideally they should be done within the first 3 days of birth.

    Cheers,
    Ronnie