Beef Cattle suggestions and methods-seeking advice! Needing input on castrating newborn bull calfs who are born on pasture as to what if any methods you use to quickly and safely castrate bull calves. Suggestions of sanitary practices, tools used, etc., to achieve success in this process are most welcomed! So if you raise beef on pasture do you castrate with a knife within the first 24 hours after birth? This was taught as the best option, as we were instructed as it being the easiest way to capture the animal. We have only had a few that we have done this way, and are trying to learn and grow a small herd. Questions we have-if you can help with any-thank you! Do you use or give any shots? CDT? Tetanus? Do you treat the area with any solution or disinfectant, blu-kote or other? Do you follow up with any disinfectant or shot? How would you know if you have a tetanus problem? If you do have one, then what do you do? Do you cut and disinfect umbilical cord with iodine? Is spring or wet grounds problematic? Not sure, but we have had lots of excessive rain Do you give your grass fed and pasture raised newborn calves any additional feed or creep type food?