Castration and Dehorning

Study looks at effect of castration on stockers (Research)

Texas A&M researchers studied the effects of time of castration on production and profit in stockers grazed on native range in the Rolling Plains of Texas. FULL STORY »

The “best” time to castrate (Calf management)

“There seems to be several times that bull calves are castrated: at birth, at branding time, prior to moving the calf and dam to spring/summer pasture, at weaning, and, sometimes in the seedstock business, after weaning,” says Rick Rasby. FULL STORY »

Delayed castration threatens health and performance

The opportunity to capitalize on the performance potential of intact bull calves, plus perhaps, the temptation of leaving a difficult chore for someone else to do, leads some producers to delay castration on their male calves. FULL STORY »

The costs of feedlot castration

Intact bull calves sometimes cost less than steers, but decreased health and performance might negate any advantage. FULL STORY »

Castration time and method (Calf management)

Cow-calf producers are faced with the decision whether to castrate from birth to a couple months of age, or to wait and band males at weaning. FULL STORY »

Earlier castration reduces stress (Animal Health)

A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service demonstrates that castration prior to weaning can reduce stress on calves. FULL STORY »

Early castration can reduce stress on calves

USDA scientists have found that calves castrated shortly after birth suffered less stress and recovered faster than those castrated around weaning time. FULL STORY »

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