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Scurs

2 Sep

You might recall that Antigone had really weak horns that she kept ripping off.  I do think it was a genetic trait from her dad because a couple of her half-sisters also have those weird horns.  They just aren’t anywhere near as bad as Antigone’s.  That’s probably a result of her being an inbred oopsie baby.  Anyhow, I had the vets remove those horribly weak horns.  She was really older than one would typically dehorn, but it was medically necessary in her case.

Antigone

Well, one reason I don’t routinely dehorn my goats is scurs.

They tend to still get little horn growths that are loose and eventually fall off just to start the process all over again.  But with Antigone, there really wasn’t much of a choice.  She’s spent all summer growing loose scurs.

Often, when the scur comes off, it’s a bloody mess; although not as bad as what it was when Antigone was ripping her whole horn off.

Cows don’t do that as badly.  You remove a cow’s horn, and it’s just gone.  MJ, my steer, was actually born scurred; he had little sorta horns that were weak and didn’t really amount to much.  They were removed, and that was it.  Now, most farmers have selectively bred horns out of their cattle because being polled (without horns) is the dominant trait.

MJ (from 2013)

Unfortunatley, in goats there tends to be other undesirable genetic traits (such as hermaphrodites) that are paired with being polled that makes this less of a desirable option.

Bambi “I have no undesirable traits.”

Anyhow, back to Antigone.  I’m happy to say that Antigone’s longer scur fell off.

Even though I had prepared by purchasing blood stop powder, cotton pads, and vet wrap, it was completely bloodless and pain free.

Hopefully, that trend continues because she’s had enough pain from those horns.

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