price of disbudding

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by gottagoat, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. gottagoat

    gottagoat New Member

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    Feb 21, 2009
    Southern Michigan
    I called my vet to ask how much for disbudding Brownie's babies. The reply was $84! :shocked:
    Is that pretty typical? We disbudded last year for my Alpine's baby and the horns grew anyway. Afraid we didn't do it long enough. But boy did that little one scream!!

    I was hoping the vet could come out and do this years babies so we could watch and learn then do it ourselves next time. Now I not sure I can afford it.

    Let me know your vet's prices if you've ever had it done "professionally".
    Thanks,
    Dana
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    thats an arm and a leg! was that per goat or for several?

    Best to learn to do it yourself or find a more resonable vet!
     

  3. goatnutty

    goatnutty Active Member

    Oct 9, 2007
    South East,IN
    I think it is $5.50 for us.
     
  4. kelebek

    kelebek New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    South Texas
    First off you can buy two disbudders for the price of them doing one!! I charge people 5-10 each to do it for them.

    I would call some breeders around you. Alot of them will do it for VERY cheap and will show you how to do it. I wish you were closer - I would do it for you :shrug:
     
  5. liz

    liz Active Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    I take any needing it to a breeder about 12 miles away...he charges me $3 each.
     
  6. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    Wow! That is ridiculous! Most I was charged at the vet was $28, including anesthetic. I nowtake all babies to a breeder who charges $5 a kid. I agree to try and find a breeder to show you how. . . chances are they will do a much better job too.
     
  7. Amy Goatress

    Amy Goatress New Member

    728
    Oct 1, 2008
    That's alot to pay! Ours has been $6.00 per goat.
     
  8. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch New Member

    89
    Jan 23, 2009
    So. California
    I obviously got ripped off (didn't know any better). I was charged $20 per kid (including the cd/t shot).
     
  9. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    that is alot ....everyone has some excellent advice ...that will help you get a more realistic and fair price ..... good luck... :thumbup:
     
  10. WalnutGroveFarm

    WalnutGroveFarm Senior Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    My babies go to the vet on Saturday, and they quoted a price of $25 or less for two. Which I thought that didnt sound to bad. But I would really like to learn to do them myself. Just have to find someone to show me. My breeder that I got the boys from said she would, but she is so busy.
     
  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    that's not to bad....
     
  12. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    good price I say go for it if the breeder cant do it
     
  13. WalnutGroveFarm

    WalnutGroveFarm Senior Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    I was just wondering about the vet he does put them under, do you think this is alright. Are should I look for someone else to do them. Im so worried about my babies and this is my first time getting my goats disbudded. thanks
     
  14. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I would ask him his experience with goats and how often he does it. Goat kids dont alway do well with going under but with an experienced goat vet it would be safe.
     
  15. WalnutGroveFarm

    WalnutGroveFarm Senior Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    He has always done my neighbors boer goats for her for 4-h, and Ive never heard her complain. They always look good and no scurs that I know of.
     
  16. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    Just about every vet I know of puts the goat under for the disbudding. I figured it was just the common thing for all vets to do. They should be experienced enough to get that done safely. Only problem I've really noticed w/ vets is that they tend to over-burn. I had one baby come back from the vet looking like they had used a cow disbudder!! Last time our kids went to the vet for disbudding. . .
     
  17. Nupine

    Nupine New Member

    329
    Nov 13, 2007
    South Eastern Ohio
    WOW that is a lot! Our long-time goat keeping friend does a great job, and would do it for free, but we give her $20 per kid, since it saves us a hassle. Our local vet surgically removes horns and does a good job for $60.
    Ashlyn