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Merlinn

  • Joined Oct 2007
Castration
« on: March 26, 2011, 07:10:59 pm »
I have a number of male kids that need castrating.
What is the latest in weeks that castration can be done using rubber rings.
I have been told that up to 4 weeks is ok - can someone please confirm this or otherwise?

Many thanks



jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Castration
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 07:34:13 pm »
One week.

Here is a bit someone else found from DEFRA, in another post.

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(4) Under the Protection of Animals Acts 1911 to 1988 (in Scotland, the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912 to 1988), it is an offence to castrate a goat, which has reached the age of 2 months without the use of an anaesthetic. Furthermore the use of a rubber ring or other device to restrict the flow of blood to the scrotum is only permitted without an anaesthetic if the device is applied during the first week of life. Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, as amended, only a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner may castrate a goat after it has reached the age of 2 months, or dehorn or disbud a goat, except the trimming of the insensitive tip of an ingrowing horn which, if left untreated, could cause pain or distress.

Brucklay

  • Joined Apr 2010
  • Perthshire
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Re: Castration
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 09:54:35 pm »
Confirm - one week - 7 days - I guess that way the proffesionals do it sooner rather than later as before you know it they are 10 days old!!
Pygmy Goats, Shetland Sheep, Zip & Indie the Border Collies, BeeBee the cat and a wreak of a building to renovate!!

frustratedfarmer

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • East Lothian
Re: Castration
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 05:50:29 pm »
 :D Jaykay- yes I was going to post that wee chunk from Defra again.

Claire  :)

jaykay

  • Joined Aug 2012
  • Cumbria/N Yorks border
Re: Castration
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 08:50:22 pm »
Sorry Claire  :) Just remembered it from your other post and  thought it was very useful!

frustratedfarmer

  • Joined Mar 2011
  • East Lothian
Re: Castration
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2011, 03:45:16 pm »
Sorry Claire  :) Just remembered it from your other post and  thought it was very useful!

No worries at all- I too thought it was quite a good wee nugget of info  :D
Was going to say you saved me the bother but that doesn't sound very charitable haha!

 

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