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Offline Doc

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Re: Castration
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2012, 11:25:29 AM »
Sorry I quoted the wrong quote in my reply. I was referring to banding at 1500lbs rather than cutting or clamping. Anyone else band that late?

I banded one bull at 1500 that I was taking to the yards . I have banded several in that 12 to 1300 lbs where I have bought bulls cheap at a sale & turned them into freezer beef. With the callicrate bander they will walk bowlegged for about 5 or10 minutes then they are back to grazing or eating at the bunk feeder.
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2012, 01:09:35 PM »
We band bull calves @ the same time that we ear tag calves. Some club calf producers want to cut with a knife to leave more cod there. They seem to think that it makes the calf look deeper or more to him if the cod is still hanging there. As far as banding calves is concerned, if you want the bag to fall off quicker and run less risk of infections and tetanus, after you have the band on and in place, take a knife and slit the sack open. They will heal quicker and it serves in letting the gases produced out instead of having to move inward though the calf's system. Try it sometime if you are a bander, you'll be amazed @ how much difference it will make. In reference to the tetanus toxoid vaccine. Yes you need to use a tetanus toxoid especially when calves are bigger,( I would say anything over a couple of weeks old), but along with the toxoid vaccine you need to use the tetanus anti-toxin. The anti-toxin serves as a precaution to prevent tetanus while the calf is building immunity to tetanus through the toxoid vaccine.

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Re: Castration
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2012, 01:25:59 PM »
CAB I agree, this has worked well for us on the few we did last year. Splitting the sack is the key I think. At my place it is the year of the BULL.
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