Over the past several weeks, we have been requested to castrate bulls that were originally targeted for the bull beef market. Given that the market has all but collapsed, farmers are opting to castrate their animals in an effort to redeem something on their investment. There are three ways to castrate a young bull:

  • Use a burdizzo.
  • Use rubber bands (there are special rubber bands for castration and a special tool for their use).
  • Open surgical castration.
  • Given the size of these animals at present, burdizzo castration is not an option. Not only because of the sheer size of the scrotum and cord, but also because of the huge swelling that would take place afterwards, which would greatly hinder thrive and is not in the interest of animal welfare.