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Western Practice


WESTERN PRACTICE On the western ranges the usual method of castration would occupy altogether too much time. A much faster but quite safe remedy has been devised. This consists in cutting off the tip of the scrotum with a sharp knife, after which both testicles are pressed out simultaneously by means of the fingers, the testicles grasped in the teeth and pulled out. The operation can be done so fast that it requires four or five men to catch the lambs fast enough, even when confined in a small pen. By this method a single operator can dock two thousand lambs and castrate the ram lambs which usually average one-half of them, within PlA or 3 hours. The losses from this method of castration, without the exercise of any further precautions, are so small as to be negligible. Young goats may be castrated in the same manner.