Horn growth is prevented by disbudding
at an early age of less than two months to minimize risk of injuries caused by bovines to other animals and human population.
The production schedule for each crop should include the date of planting, transplanting, potting, staking, pinching, fertilizing, shading, wrapping, disbudding
, and growth regulator application whenever appropriate.
6: Schedule your disbudding
, trimming hair and hooves, castration, worming, tattooing, and dipping for external parasites for after full moon, but before new moon.
The Organic Health Standard also requires that physical alterations--such as tattooing or other identification, disbudding
and castration--be done only in a way that promotes the welfare of the goat and minimizes pain and stress.
18: If you have goats, now is the time to be building kidding boxes and a holding box for disbudding
kids, time for completing fall vaccinations and for trimming feet.
(I really highly recommend disbudding
for dairy bucks.
But please tell folks to descent buck kids when they are disbudding
Goats: make disbudding
box, 91/2:68; feeding & care of kids, 91/3:52; kid diapers for outings, 91/3:54; make portable milk stand, 91/3:55; renting out as weed eaters, 91/4:23
kids is one job goat owners don't relish, but it needs to be done to protect the herdsman from some nasty butting.
As the major kidding time of 2006 approaches, have all your supplies on hand: heat lamp, blankets, disbudding
boxes, nipple waterers, iodine or other disinfectant to treat the navel cord of new kids.
The rams almost always have horns, the ewes are usually polled and they do not require tail docking or disbudding
Lunar lore suggests that the moon's weakest position as it enters its second and fourth quarters (the 9 and the 25 this month) are the best days for herd and flock foot care, for worming, disbudding
, clipping wattles, castrating, spraying for external parasites, giving vaccinations, and for taking your animals to the vet or to the fair.