DISBUDDING GOAT KIDS
It is a common practice to
disbud domesticated goats. The main reason for disbudding goats is the
danger fully grown horns can cause to other goats and
humans (especially children). Although disbudding is not absolutely required, it is an accepted practice
by many goat keepers.
The process of disbudding is performed before
the horns start to grow (in their budding stage), and is pain free for
the goat kid. Even just seconds after the procedure, the kids play on
Disbudding is not very difficult but any
mistake can have very undesirable consequences. It is best to perform
this task when the goat kids are between 5 and 10 days old, just
before their nervous system is fully developed.
at my farm: $12 per kid; away from my farm (only within 35 minutes of
Mayaguez): $16 per kid.