What would the vet charge to disbud goats?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by Idahodreamer, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. Idahodreamer

    Idahodreamer Senior Member

    As my subject stated. . . I can't afford both finacially and time wise to buy a disbudding iron right now . . .thanks, tia
     
  2. KW Farms

    KW Farms Moderator Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Wapato, WA
    My vet charges $8 per kid. He is really knowledgable of livestock, and is really good with goats so I think $8 is a really good price. I have heard of vets charging $85 to disbud!! Which is outrageous. Maybe you could contact a local goat breeder and see if they would do it...probably wouldn't charge as much as the vet.
     

  3. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    My mentor/ friend disbuds for me... I'm a big chicken and won't do it and my hubby did it once and said... nope... NO MORE.... so I buy her a bag of Chaffhaye per kid.... and we are all happy. :) I know someday I will have to learn to do it.... but I guess that will just mean
     
  4. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Each vet is different -- you will want to contact your vet to find out. Ask if they will charge you the visit price along with the disbudding. At least in my area there is always the office visit price and then whatever is done is charged on top of that.
     
  5. 4hmama

    4hmama New Member

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    Jan 9, 2009
    No. Central WV
    We drove 2 counties away to have our babies disbudded at a vet who charged $10 per kid. Not too bad until you have 8 kids to disbud and you can pick up an iron for about $60. We bit the bullet and bought one...my hubby holds and I disbud, and the iron paid for itself in 1 month. Not a pleasant task, but just another thing to add to the list of things that can be done. Note: some vet's won't use the iron, and want to surgically remove the bud...didn't go that route.
     
  6. WarPony

    WarPony New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Michigan
    I've been calling around to get ideas before i buy my goats and I have discovered that the only way to know for sure is to call local vets in your area and ask them yourself.

    I have found that the biggest difference is whether or not the vet is a livestock vet or a companion animal vet. Livestock vet wants $8 to $10 each and uses the iron. Companion animal vet wants to anesthetize and surgically remove and charge $80 plus the cost of pain meds and antibiotics. I don't plan to disbud mine but i did want to know the prices just for reference and i was pretty shocked when the first vet I called gave me a final out the door quote including office visit of over $100!
     
  7. greenacres

    greenacres New Member

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    Feb 16, 2010
    Idaho
    I called a vet on Wednesday to inquire and they quoted me $80 per kid. (I about choked!) At that rate, I'm beginning to like the look of horns.
     
  8. Idahodreamer

    Idahodreamer Senior Member

    try a vet who deals mostly with livestock---it will usually say so in their phonebook ad . . . mine quoted $12 a kid . . . So I am happy enough . . . :)