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ivan.strilk

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Is there any risk of a calf dying from the banding method of castration? Do you give a calf a shot before you band it to prevent infection, or do you wait till ther are signs of infection? I would like to get as much info as possible on the banding method of castration.
 

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For banding baby calves there isn;t a need for a shot. About the only way you could kill it by banding would be if you applied it around his neck instead of his balls. Just remember to count to 2 after you put the band on. If you don;t count 2, cut it off and do it again.
 

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Tetanus is the only reasonable concern.

I have seen baby calves with full-blown tetanus a week or two out from having bands applied.
I know millions of them are done every year with no problems, but I've seen enough of them, that on the few instances where I've used bands, I give a tetanus antitoxin injection - or vaccinate with tetanus toxoid 2 weeks or so prior to application of the band, in order for the calf to develop some modicum of protection.
 

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Most of mine get banded the first day. Some get missed and can go as long as a week. I never have problems or deaths from banding.
 

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