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December 05, 2013

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Julio

Hi!

I have a few questions:

In regards to wethering, have you noticed any changes in production? If you have a bunch of bucks in a pen together, do they ever fight and injure each other? If they do, does wethering have an impact on that? Also, do you notice any loss or gain in production from wethering? I can imagine it both ways -- that a wethered goat might slow down on weight gain just after wethering if it's painful or an infection sets in, but I could also imagine a buck might spend more of his energy focusing on the does and might not put on meat as fast. Price of meat (whether it's from a castrated goat or an intact one) aside, I really want to know what is best, health- and safety-wise, for the goat.

On your website, it looks like you don't disbud your kids. I know disbudding is much more common in dairy goats, but I heard that some meat producers have also looked into the practice. I'd like to see a blog post about what informs your decision not to disbud your kids -- is it to avoid unnecessary pain, or to avoid unnecessary work on your part, or because their horns are functional and important for the way you keep your goats?

Keep blogging, I love reading all the information you put up! Thank you!

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