Effects of Age and Method of Castration on Performance and Stress Response of Beef Cattle – Frequently Asked Questions
Government of Alberta
Why is it so important to evaluate the effects of age and method of castration?
Bull calves are castrated to reduce meat toughness, aggressive behavior, sexual interest and dark cutting. However, the process of castration can be stressful and can lead to weight loss and lowered growth performance. The age and method of castration has a significant impact on growth performance and stress response making it important to choose the right age and method.