Why Castrate Cattle?

Is castration really a management matter?

Beef Runner

Why do we castrate cattle? First thought that comes to mind, because I do not want my heifers bred to an inferior bull. Castration also comes to mind when I think of the neighbors’ traveling bulls. But in reality, it’s a management decision. 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, 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 to the demand.

Why do farmers castrate cattle? Ask A Farmer

I castrate my male calves a few hours after birth using a band method. Some producers choose to not castrate until 2 to 4 months of age using either a band or knife method…

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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the 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 am now the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) 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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