Why Castrate Cattle?

Is castration really a management matter?

Beef Runner

Why do farmers and ranchers castrate cattle? There can be many welfare and management reasons behind the use of castration in cattle. Castration also comes to mind when I think of the neighbors’ traveling bulls. When it comes down to it, farmers and ranchers use this as a tool for management. Why would you castrate your dog?

When I asked for a blog post topic via Twitter, I received a couple of questions about castration and why we have to do it. Well, we do not have to castrate our cattle, but like many other management decisions in raising beef, it is a decision in response to consumer demand. Consumers want a consistent palatable, flavorful product. So, producers respond with the tools we know can help to accomplish that.

castrate cattle bull calf

I castrate my male calves a few hours after birth using a band method. Some producers choose to not castrate…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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