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Wethering a goat.....
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Morgan    Posted 05-14-2003 at 13:35:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Our dairy doe presented us with a little buck kid a few weeks ago. We used an elastrator and green ring to wether him last night(we disbudded at 7 days, but hit a spot on one of his horn buds last night that didn't look "done" too). Everything I read says he should be sore for an hour or so. Next day, he is not walking too happy and is down on his food. I've checked and rechecked the "how to's" and everything looks like we did it right. Is it typical for wethers to be sore for longer than an hour and I just don't know it???

Tom A    Posted 05-14-2003 at 16:02:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Not to worry, mine have all been the same way, just a little "under the whether" so to speak (sorry, couldn't resist). They walk sort of stiff legged for a few days, although they never seem to be in any real pain.

The other thing I've noticed, and maybe it is just me, but they take much longer to fall off than the books seem to say. I want to say something like a month or more. But, I still think elastrators are the only way to go.


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