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4 years 7 months ago #548464 by Monteiro
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I have 8 new lambs this year, 2 little rams. I would like to castrate them, when is the cut off age to do it with the elastic band?

1x ram is 3 months old and 1x ram is 2 weeks old.
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4 years 7 months ago #548465 by LongRidge
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30 days old. Get it done very soon or you risk the wound getting fly strike.

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4 years 7 months ago #548466 by Monteiro
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Thank you, I will do it now. Gees I just saved one of my ewes with flystrike! Nasty!!!
The only reason the ewe got flystrike is that she lambed and still has a tail. Luckily I have it under control now, but will let her go next year. "Saved by the lamb"

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4 years 7 months ago #548467 by Kilmoon
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The ram lamb that is 3 months old will need a vet to do - it will need pain relief, plus its balls will be too big now for a band to go over.
The ram lamb that is 2 week old is well within the recommend 4-6 week timeline for castrating with a rubber band.

Check the following welfare guidelines:
www.mpi.govt.nz/dmsdocument/1443/direct

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4 years 7 months ago #548469 by Stikkibeek
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And if you are doing it yourself, take your time and make sure you have both testes held below the band before you release it. Nothing worse than a poorly ringed male of any breed for risk of infection or turning them into a rig. We have a yearling "steer" that we bought and someone else messed up. He is beginning to look exceedingly "bullish"

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
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4 years 7 months ago #548477 by Monteiro
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Thank you for the article, I just spoke with my vet and I will give both ram's pain relief. Rather safe than sorry! Your advice is greatly appreciated!

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