Katherine’s Caprine Corner January/February 2019

Katherine’s Caprine Corner January/February 2019
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about swollen teats on bucks, the right age for breeding, and urinary calculi.  Q. Can I dehorn a goat at six months old? A. OUCH. And that’s an “udder” statement! Ideally we like to disbud standard-sized healthy kids at about four days old. If they are sick, smaller than about 5 • lbs, or you can’t yet feel a raised edge to the horn you can wait, but check them every one to two days! Even then we like those done before two weeks of age. Some breeds are slow to sprout and on smaller breeds it’s good to get a bit more head size before disbudding.  By using a disbudding iron, we catch the horn “in the bud” and cauterize around the bud which kills the blood supply to it, which is the least traumatic to

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