Another Thing About Disbudding

Back at Marilan’s yesterday, we had our two newest girls disbudded.  It all went the same as the last disbudding experience, but last time I forgot to mention the pain reliever.  Marilan takes good care of the babies.

As you may recall, it starts like this.  The blazing hot disbudding iron is pressed onto the horn bud and held there for 10 seconds.  Hurts like h-e-double sticks.

But, right away, after the 10 seconds, she puts on this stuff.  It seems to really help them calm down and take away the pain.

She dabs it directly on.

That’s why it looks all shiny and slimy.  The one on the left has the Lidocane gel on it.  She was just getting ready to put it on the right.

And, if you’ve got this on hand for your goats, you can use it for yourself it that disbudding iron ever slips and disbuds you instead.  Or, for your day-in-the-garden sunburn.

Just thought you’d like to know.

–  The Goat Cheese Lady


About The Goat Cheese Lady

I am Lindsey. At first I was a city girl. Then I was an urban farmgirl, attempting to balance city and farm life. Now, after moving to the country, I have embarked on life as a rural farmgirl, complete with my husband, the Animal Whisperer, man of exceptional knowledge and patience, two boys who are louder than my sister and I ever were, a herd of milking goats, and a flock of egg-laying chickens. Coyotes, mice, country dogs and prairie dogs are frequent visitors. Just 45 minutes north is Colorado Springs, the setting for our first six years in the goat world. Our family. Our city friends. Our introduction to cheesemaking. But we...and our growing farm and soon-to-be creamery...have set up shop down off of Highway 115 in Penrose, Colorado.
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