Baby Goat Torture Day

Today was the day.  Eight goat kids were disbudded, and many were also banded.  To ease my conscience and hopefully alleviate some suffering, our vet did this with the aid of sedation and lidocaine.  Here they are sleeping it off.


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6 Responses to Baby Goat Torture Day

  1. Chai Chai says:

    I wish I had a vet who would do that here. Love the picture of them “sleeping it off!”

  2. Teresa says:

    I can’t do it. So glad you have a vet that will at least be humane about it.

    • Donna says:

      So I am not the only wimp around. It is nasty business. But 4H and others insist on it. Our goats keep their horns.

  3. Brandy says:

    Just looking back through your pictures and what I just LOVE about this one is the cat, who is bigger than any of the goat kids… heh! I also love how your vet will do the sedated work. I am hoping mine will agree to it as well once the big day comes a year or so from now for my kids.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Brandy! He, of course, charges for it but we and the goats feel better for it. The other issue is whether a vet is competent to do it. I have had experiences where a vet did not burn the horn bud enough and I had to have the dehorned procedure done later which is horrible. And I have had neighbors that the heads were over burnt and the kid died. It is a tricky procedure which is why I do not do it. I have tried and cannot stomach it.

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