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Old 04-20-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default How do you band horns? PLEASE HELP ME.

I have a yearling wether and a two year old oberhasli buck. The wether grows these really long scurs that keep breaking off and I am wondering if this will keep them down or will they keep coming back? Then the buck does not have scurs that bad but he get little ones. Will banding work? And if so how do I do it? How long will it take for them to fall off?
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:08 AM   #2
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Banding will thwart the regrowth of the scurs, you'll need to be sure to place the band as close to the head as possible and if they aren't thick scurs, they should drop off in a matter of 3-4 weeks.



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Old 04-21-2011, 02:28 AM   #3
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I have banded goats with scurs before. It usually works, but you have to put the band at the base of the horn/scur. I usually take two or even three green castrator bands and put them as close to the skull as you can. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to 5+ weeks. But I generally see horns or scurs fall off at about 5 weeks. You do want to make sure the bands stay tightly on there or don't fall off or anything. Oh, and when putting the bands on, you can just take your castrating tool with the band like if you were to band a buckling and slide the bands off at the base of the scur. You might need a small notch on the horn so the bands stay at the base.

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oh cool! I didnt know about that! Can you band fully grown horns too?

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Horns larger than 3 or 4 inches, I really wouldn't do banding with. Banding works best for young goats, under 2 years is generally a good age.

Banding goats with big/fully grown horns is possible, but dangerous and should really be done surgically by a vet.

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I have never banded horns myself but my friend has banded young goats horns and has even done adults horns by banding. She has never had a problem. I will post some before and after pics later after I load them.

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I didn't do a good job of disbudding my doeling this year and have decided that it is not a job I can do and will be farming it out to someone better/braver than I. She's 2 months old and her horns are about 3/4 inch long. Could I band them?

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I would wait a little longer tracyqh, her scurs will grow out and should get larger making it easier for the band to work effectively. Being really small, it might be kind of hard for the band restrict blood flow completely...I would wait until the horns/scurs are around an inch and a half to 2 inches usually works fine.

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so as long as they are around 3 inches you can band? I ask because I have a buckling that didn't get disbudded that has good horns growing already. I would like to band them before they are really really thick, but was told to wait till they were 5-6 months old. If I wait that long they will probably be pretty large at that point, so wouldn't it make more sense to band them now at 2 months old? Of course I will watch out for fly issues and keep stuff on them to prevent flys.

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