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Castration
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Castration is most often performed on young male kids not needed for breeding and by meat producers who wish to "wether" the young males for market. Castration involves the cutting of the testicles and is best performed immediately after birth to lessen the pain and trauma involved. Castration presents a number of benefits including a decrease in many diseases and conditions, in particular, Urinary Calculi. Breeders producing for meat also know that castration eliminates the "buck odor" associated with an uncastrated male, and when left uncastrated but used for meat, the "buck odor" most often can be a problem in the overall taste of the meat. There are basically three methods of castration: 1) cutting with a knife, 2) use of a bloodless castrator (often called a Burdizzo), and 3) use of an elastrator (banding rings wrapped around the testacles). Method 2 is the most preferred method of castration while method 3 is the subject of controversy among breeders and animal rights activists. A castrated male is called a wether.

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