Well it was done early September as reported in the last newsletter. Here is the outcome.
Mid October, I decided that 2 of the 3 boys I had the vet to apply the Burdizzo in September, each had a testicle that certainly had not shrunken down, the third boy was a success first time, but these two certainly needed another ‘go’
The vet turned up and duly did the job on the 2 boys, but she said that these Ouessants have such tight scrotums that the Burdizzo was difficult to get properly located, I don’t think she had done much with such small breeds of sheep, so after local anaesthetic and the long acting painkiller, she put the squeeze on for a full minute (twice) in slightly different places.
Three weeks later, I’m not quite sure if the testicles have shrunken or wether there is a lot of scar tissue I can feel, anyway I shall hold my horses for a while yet and wait till perhaps another couple of weeks before making my mind up about if they are ‘properly done’. Each time another vet bill of course! I felt a bit peeved when I got the second bill as, if the job was done properly the first time, I wouldn’t have this second bill to pay. But hey ho that’s how it goes!
So the conclusion are:..
Pros. Bloodless and clean
No open possible infection areas
Pain management was excellent
Recovery very fast
Cons. There is no definite way you can say it has worked for a long time, so you can’t run them with ewes during the summer or when you had them done.
Can cost another vet bill for callout, drugs and service.
Conclusion, if this still hasn’t worked, and we are in December now, then it will have to be surgical castrations, as there is probably even more scar tissue so the Burdizzo won’t work again. Was the young vet experienced enough to get the spermatic cords in place, even though she tried very hard to do so??
So…….what will I do next time I have boys?
Good question I think on the vet available and if I chose the surgical method I would make sure they had the long acting painkiller and make sure it was done in cool weather, the other thing is that I did wait until their horns had developed to be a bit stronger, but of course so did their testicles!
I’m sure if the Burdizzo is used on boys much younger, the outcome would be better. Also this is merely my own experience and I am sure this method has worked well I say, if it works well, its a great method.
Author: Marie Clarke