I made the decision to castrate our rams on September 9 rather than butcher and eat them. This is because they have nice wool, good personalities, and their meat will not be that good, especially the older ram Bambam. The vet banded Bambam saying that this would be the right method. I was worried about the flies but thought that the fly season was ending and with bands there wouldn’t be an open wound. We went on vacation last week, and our farm sitter noted that one ram was less active, but she could not catch him. We got home and Tom walked right up to him because he was lethargic and found that he had a bad case of fly strike. The last time we had to deal with this was over 10 years ago with Spike. Tom did the best he could by himself, and when I got home yesterday we kept working to kill and pluck the maggots from his wound and the surrounding skin. I felt so bad for him because he was obviously ill and this was quite painful for him. I deeply regretted my decision to castrate him and put him through all the suffering for that and then this. Here he is after our treatment.
He did stand up, peed and then ate hay so I was encouraged. Today he was running around and hard to catch. There were no live maggots on him, but he still has an open wound. So he is stuck alone in a pen so we can daily treat and monitor him. Still feel awful about my decision but have hope that at least he will survive.