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preston39 wrote:Our 500-550# commercial calve buyers REQUIRES knife castration 30-45 days before purchase...or the animal is discounted. The exlanation is that the feeder lot uses the scrotum as a gauge of carcass fat content and then they are able to adjust the intake values. The only time we adjust the time frame is if/when an individual animal begins developing the traditional bull type facial features..then we castrate him early.
I might point out that castration is... a one trip....process.
We castrate with the sign in the left knee...going down. Never had a bleeder,infection or any other residual side effect.
Your production may be discounted without you realizing it. Suggest you check with your purchase source.