Various bovine castration options available for producers

Various bovine castration options available for producers

Deanna Nelson-Licking

The Fence Post

Cattle can be castrated at any time, but research has shown that bleeding, infection and loss of weight are less in younger calves. A study at Texas Tech University found that calves castrated on arrival at the feedlot had more than twice the morbidity rate (17.5 versus 38.4 percent) of steers castrated early and almost double the mortality (4 versus 7.6 percent). In most instances, cutting the bulls at branding or younger than 3 months old is best.

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