Is castration really a management matter?
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.
I castrate my male calves a few hours after birth using a band method. Some producers choose to not castrate…
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