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Old 04-21-2017, 08:44 PM   #121
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You have to disbud bucks longer than does, and sometimes a bit in front and a little to the side on buck kids. I disbud all kids and the bucks don't get solid scurs, ever. The wost they get is a very very thin thumbnail sized piece of scur that they rub off, or I flick them off.


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Old 04-21-2017, 09:42 PM   #122
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One of my girls had scurs that curl back into her head. I tried to wire saw them off last year and couldn't get the wire underneath them. While the vet was trying, it popped off. I can tell they're bothering her again, but having no luck getting near them. Can I grind or sand them down?
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You have to disbud bucks longer than does, and sometimes a bit in front and a little to the side on buck kids. I disbud all kids and the bucks don't get solid scurs, ever. The wost they get is a very very thin thumbnail sized piece of scur that they rub off, or I flick them off.
Yeah, I know (and knew) all this, but our disbudding iron was not man enough for the job. We discovered this while we were already in the process of disbudding and there wasn't much to be done about it. Still, I've been to a few buck shows, and I almost never see a mature buck (over 2-3 years old) who doesn't have some pretty good-sized scurs. I'm glad you have the secret to success, but disbudding bucks must be a difficult art because according to the evidence almost nobody knows how to do it right. My boys are higher maintenance and more dangerous now than they would be with properly formed horns, and I feel bad that the scurs bother them and keep them from sparring as they should. These scurs are going to be a lifelong maintenance problem for these poor goats, and it's traumatic every time I have to trim them. And ours are even bad compared to a lot of bucks I've seen! Blech.
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