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I've got an 11 week old Nigerian dwarf buckling who is going to be sold as a wether. We were hoping to be able to band him but our friend says that at this age it has to be done surgically. I'm new with goats so i wasn't sure what would be best. Would it be safe to band him or is it to late? What is the best age to band a Nigerian dwarf?
 

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Just make sure everything is below the band (not strangling a testicle) no hairs are caught and no teats caught in the band. A warm day is good, they hang low, away from the body.

After banding, no matter what, you cannot remove that band, not for any reason. You can pull the hairs out, or roll it below a teat, but DONT cut it off. The kid will cry and it isn't fun to watch, but in a few days, he will be ok. Give Banamime if you have it, about an hour before you band. Keep him moving. It numbs the area quicker.
 
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