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Disbudding Goat Kids & Lambs

Hey there, fellow goat and lamb enthusiasts! If you've got some young horned critters kicking about your farm, you know the importance of keeping those head-butting weapons in check. Just like with calves, disbudding or dehorning goat kids and lambs is key to preventing any accidental injuries to both humans and other furry pals. And guess what? Dr. Naylor's Dehorning Paste is here to make this whole process a breeze – easy on your wallet and even easier on your little four-legged buddies.

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So, let's break it down. Disbudding is all about nipping those horns in the bud, quite literally. We're talking about zapping those horn-producing cells before they even get a chance to cozy up to the skull. Once those horns decide to make an appearance and latch onto the skull, that's when we switch gears and call it dehorning.


Now, onto the juicy tips:


Tip #1 - While the Kid's Young 

Don't procrastinate on this one – apply that dehorning paste when your dairy buck hits the ripe old age of three to four days and dairy does at four days and always before 10 days. Pygmy bucks at seven days and pygmy does at seven to 10 days. Trust me, they're quick learners. Give 'em a couple of days, and they'll figure out how to give that paste the ol' scratch-and-rub. Better get in there early!


Tip #2 - Less is More, Folks   

Listen up, rookies: the biggest blunder you can make is slathering on too much paste. We're not looking to give these little ones a bald spot souvenir. A dab about the size of a dime per horn bud, as stated on the package insert, is all you need to get the job done right.


Tip #3 - Keep It Dry, Keep It Safe   

Nobody likes soggy paste – especially not your goat kid or lamb. Keep their noggins dry for just twenty to thirty minutes post-paste application. Trust me, rain and active dehorning paste do not mix well. We're aiming for hornless heads, not blinded ones.


Tip #4 - Distract and Conquer with Bottle Feeding   

Timing is everything, folks. Wrap the young one in a blanket to prevent rubbing of the treated area and apply that paste right before bottle-feeding time. With their thin hides and skulls, these youngsters will feel the burn sooner rather than later. But hey, a good meal works wonders as a distraction. By the time they're done chowing down, the paste will have worked its magic, and they'll hardly even notice. Always keep in mind, though, goat kids have a well-earned reputation for their Oscar-winning roles and will more often than not, scream like a Banshi.


So there you have it – dehorning made simple, thanks to Dr. Naylor's Dehorning Paste. Your goat kids and lambs will thank you for the hassle-free experience, and you can breathe easy knowing you've kept your farm a little safer for everyone involved. Cheers to horn-free adventures ahead!

For additional information on Dr. Naylor's Dehorning Paste - click here.

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