I thought they were naturally hornless?
Thx Dave; that makes sense. Legion is a really nice looking goat to be sure. Curious castrating him at 5 months...how obnoxious was he getting those last two month...both in smell and behavior?The size of the horns are linked closely with when they were castrated. The longer they go without being castrated the more the testosterone adds to horn, hair and bone girth growth. If I had to guess, Id say those boys were castrated around the 3 month mark. Here is a picture of Legion. He was castrated at 5 months. He is 16 months in this picture and you can see the girth of the horns is much more substantial. Though I do think that obers do have a smaller horn size over all vs alpines.
Makes sense...I am going to shoot for 5 months.Bottle babies dont really get rough or obnoxious during those 2 months. You are their mom and they always respect da mama I talk most of my buyers into castrating at the 5 month mark and non of them have ever been aggressive or bucky with their people.
Nice...I wish I was closer too. I will have to check around.In fact I have 2 buyers (friends) coming up super early from Olympia WA. to have their 6 boys castrated by my vet. They couldnt find a vet over there to do it for less then 250 each. My vet charges 50.
Makes sense...water is always a concern in Utah. Some years are better than others...not so much the last two.The smell on the other hand... hehe ya you will get that for sure. Not as bad as a working buck in rut but bad enough to make you not really wanna hug em to much. I found that if you do lots of water training during the 3-5 month, that washes away a lot of the bucky smell. Just happens to be getting into the beginning of summer about that time and works great. Heck you can even take some shampoo with ya and wash em in a lake or slow moving river . Here we have the yakima river which is pretty warm and slow moving.