How to castrate in a one man operation?

The place to start if you are new!
NonTypicalCPA
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 408
Joined: Tue May 24, 2016 12:33 pm
Location: SW Michigan

How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:35 pm

I'm switching over to freezer beef sales and no longer require testicles (on the bull that is, lol). My wife is absolutely not going to help me so I'm a one man show. I have a Priefert cattle cage with head gate to work them in. I'm thinking about getting one of those electric immobilizers to help avoid being kicked. Anyone use one? Or should I just tie off their legs to a forward anchor? Other options?
0 x

User avatar
JW IN VA
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 823
Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:30 pm
Location: West Central Highlands of Va

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby JW IN VA » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:20 pm

I've operated by myself a lot in the last 13 years.Both banding and knifing.Biggest problem for me is the tail in the way or slapping your face.I have been kicked a few times but up close and squatting sideways helps.Or,stay on your feet if they are tall enough.
That said,it's always better when you can have a holder guy to get beside the calf and bring the tail pulled up over the back.Seems to "saddle block" them somewhat.I know they will go down on the rear end if the tail is held too tight.
I also advise you to get a pair of steel toe boots,preferably with met guards.Those rear toes hurt when they step down.
You might get kicked more often trying to tie off the legs.If you do decide to tie off the legs or anything for that matter always have a good,sharp knife where you can get it quick if one goes down.
0 x
Not everything your neighbors do is wrong-Not everything they do is right,either.

5S Cattle
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 386
Joined: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:55 am
Location: Brenham, Tx

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby 5S Cattle » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:29 pm

I try to band at birth so I don’t need help. If I can’t get it done (brahma cows) I wait til I work them and do it then. I will always have help when I work everything.
4 x

User avatar
slick4591
GURU
GURU
Posts: 9719
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:58 pm
Location: Farmersville, Texas
Contact:

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby slick4591 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:34 pm

I've only used a bander on them while they're in a headgate. Get behind them and push them into the gate while slipping the band on. Haven't had one kick me yet.
2 x
I wish my brain could forget what my eyes have seen.

"If the mountain were smooth you couldn't climb it." ~ unknown

User avatar
kenny thomas
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7938
Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:16 pm
Location: SW tip of Virginia

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby kenny thomas » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:39 pm

Google Imobolizer. I castrate everything by myself.
Mine came from Livestock Concepts
0 x
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

NonTypicalCPA
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 408
Joined: Tue May 24, 2016 12:33 pm
Location: SW Michigan

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:06 pm

kenny thomas wrote:Google Imobolizer. I castrate everything by myself.
Mine came from Livestock Concepts


It looks like they work well in the videos. What brand do you use?
0 x

User avatar
JW IN VA
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 823
Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:30 pm
Location: West Central Highlands of Va

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby JW IN VA » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:09 pm

kenny thomas wrote:Google Imobolizer. I castrate everything by myself.
Mine came from Livestock Concepts

Are you referring to the Cant kick? Those electronic ones are high.
0 x
Not everything your neighbors do is wrong-Not everything they do is right,either.

jehosofat
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 381
Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:25 pm

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby jehosofat » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:14 pm

A squeeze chute that you can go in from the side on has always worked just fine for me. Don't need any help at all.
1 x

User avatar
kenny thomas
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7938
Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:16 pm
Location: SW tip of Virginia

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby kenny thomas » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:39 pm

NonTypicalCPA wrote:
kenny thomas wrote:Google Imobolizer. I castrate everything by myself.
Mine came from Livestock Concepts


It looks like they work well in the videos. What brand do you use?

I'm not sure what mine is. I gave around 250 for mine. I'm working in TX but as I get time I will see what it is.
0 x
My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT


Tbrake
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 326
Joined: Sat May 03, 2014 5:37 pm
Location: Oklahoma

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby Tbrake » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:01 pm

I have cut many of them by myself. I have a squeeze chute to keep them from moving so much tho. A tail holder would be fantastic if someone was around to help, but 90% of the time I am solo. I cut the bottom of the sack off and pull the testicles out to breakage. Something I have found very helpful. Get a small pair of vice grips to grab the bottom of the sac and pull down some. Makes it cut easier, and no risk of cutting your self.
1 x

User avatar
ALACOWMAN
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 15473
Joined: Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:16 pm
Location: Alabama the Beautiful

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby ALACOWMAN » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:07 pm

5S Cattle wrote:I try to band at birth so I don’t need help. If I can’t get it done (brahma cows) I wait til I work them and do it then. I will always have help when I work everything.

If you can get it done is right..those Brahman mamas will wade through he!! To get you away from they chillun.
1 x
there are two ways to argue with a woman.....neither one works..

User avatar
dieselbeef
GURU
GURU
Posts: 5690
Joined: Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:55 am
Location: myakka city fl

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby dieselbeef » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:27 pm

pen em..rope em..tie em off..walk down thr rope..straddle and hook the legs with your legs..reach under and apply band..takes 2 min..i do all of em by myself..hundreds..
0 x
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
einstein


sooner or later im gonna be all beefmasters...probly be later

Dave
GURU
GURU
Posts: 6828
Joined: Mon Jul 12, 2004 1:35 pm
Location: Baker County, Oregon

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby Dave » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:08 pm

It doesn't take a big strong man to tail a calf. I have done plenty of them with a 10 year old girl holding the tail.

Another method which I have done in the past is to get them into a small pen. Get a rope on both back legs. Take a couple wraps on the top of a post. Pull the calf toward you with one hand while taking up the slack with the other hand. Once the calf is on a short enough rope where when tipped over its hind quarters are a few inches off the ground, tie off the rope and tip it over, Kneel one knee on its neck. It can't kick or go anywhere. This method works good up to about 200 pounds.
0 x

User avatar
Brute 23
GURU
GURU
Posts: 7395
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:59 pm
Location: South Texas Gulf Coast

Re: How to castrate in a one man operation?

Postby Brute 23 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:38 pm

Why do you need to cut their nuts to butcher them?
0 x
Brimmer Pimpin Ain't Easy

"Don't let schooling interfere with your education" - Mark Twain


Return to “Beginners Board”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests