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ryeland lambs - castrating problem
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:14:10 pm »
For the first time in a couple of years I have ram lambs being born to my ryelands.

I am out of practice at castrating and am worrying as after 48 hours I dont think the testicles have come down yet.  This morning at 4 days now I have been feeling and I am sure they are not down.

They are quite small sized lambs.  Should I wait abit longer?  Or do I get the vet out?  Dont have any farmers I could ask.
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Re: ryeland lambs - castrating problem
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 04:36:30 pm »
Wait until day 7, when they may have come down.
More likely is that they are down but the lambs retract them when you are feeling to find them - not daft, lambs  ;D .  Best to do it as quickly as possible, and if you can't find them, then let the lamb go.  A relaxed lamb lets it all hang out  :eyelashes:   Have some small scissors handy, such as a Swiss Army Knife, so that if you've missed one or both you can carefully cut off the ring.

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Re: ryeland lambs - castrating problem
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 05:27:39 pm »
I struggle with my Ryelands compared to others too. Usually end up doing it a little bit later but it doesn't upset them.


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Re: ryeland lambs - castrating problem
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 06:13:03 pm »
Wait till day 7 ..... can you pull the testicles down into the sack?  If really small then leave them entire. (do not do after 7 days.  If you need then castrated then the vet will do it when they are older .

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Re: ryeland lambs - castrating problem
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 11:38:36 pm »
Can you feel them in the abdomen?  They're usually close to the surface and possibly visible but certainly palpable.  You may find that with a little very gentle pushing you can get them into the sac.  They'll probably retract again as soon as you try to snare them, mind  ::)
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