Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Castration (Farmer Factsheet)

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Louise Cox-O’Shea , Temple Grandin

  • Castration involves removing the testicles from a male animal.
  • There are various techniques, some of which may be more suitable at certain ages.
  • Castration is a painful procedure and pain relief should always be given.
  • Although a commonly performed procedure, castration does carry risks and there are potential complications.
  • It is important that castration techniques are performed correctly so as to minimise complications and optimise animal welfare.
  • Consult your veterinary surgeon for further information.

Why castrate?

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When is the best time to castrate?

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Methods of castration

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Pain relief, anaesthesia and other medication

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Short term aftercare

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Long term aftercare

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Restraint and safety

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