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Deworming, tattooing, growth implantation, vaccinating, and surgical castration of calves
19 February 2009
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The male calves selected for castration are thrown to the ground upon exiting the chute.
Everyone lends a hand to make sure the calf is immobilized for the operation.
Sean performs the surgical castration, which takes only seconds to complete. Learn more about how the procedure is done from this Arizona Cooperative Extension publication:
Castrating Calves and Lambs
As a side note, the removed testicles will soon be on the menu as they are considered quite the culinary delight.
The calves take the whole thing quite stoically; rising up and walking away without any seeming discomfort. According to IFAS' Florida Cow-Calf Management, "Once castrated, the male calf is referred to as a steer. Beef from steers is preferred over beef from bulls because castration improves the color, texture, tenderness, and juiciness of the meat."
A castrated calf rejoins the herd. Steers have quieter dispositions and are easier to handle than bulls. A Crested Caracara, braced against the high wind, watches over the cow pens for part of the afternoon.
All the calves having returned to the herd, the group waits to head back to pasture.
The herd is taken back to pasture after a busy day in the cow pens.
Florida Cattle Ranch by Bob Montanaro
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