Posted 04-09-2003 at 02:48:39
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Your Mom's opinion sounds just downright silly to me.
My wife and I do everything here together, except for playing on the computer (she sees no use for it!!).
Even our large-animal vet is a very petite, and feminine young lady who shies away from nothing, much less castrating anything on four legs.
Guess I don't understand where your Mom is coming from on this...I'd suggest you do whatever you want and feel comfortable with; she'll get used to it eventually.
As far as castrating the goats, I'd strongly suggest using the elastrator method as it is the least painful on the goats with the least likliehood for problems and "mistakes." Cost of the tool is about $15 and the little rubber donuts are maybe $5 for a couple hundred.
good luck. Don't listen to the naysayers, no matter who they are!