The decision to disbud goats varies among goat owners. Most goats will develop horns unless they are naturally polled.
Dairy goats are commonly disbudded. Horned and disbudded goats should not be kept together.
Disbudding needs to be done at the right time or scurs (small horns) will develop.
apply an electric disbudding iron to the horn buds when the goat is
very young. Bucks are normally disbudded at 3 days of age while does
vary from 7 to 10 days of age just when the bud starts to erupt and can
be easily felt.
Nerve endings are not fully developed before ten days of age and disbudding at that time causes less pain to the goat.
disbud, place the circular ring of the disbudding iron over the horn
buds for 10 seconds while turning the iron (we use the small goat tip
for Nigerians on the iron). Look for a copper-colored ring to appear.
If a solid copper-colored ring is not visable around the bud, reburn
for an additional 5 seconds turning the iron. Make sure the ring is
solid with no breaks. If necessary, allow the head to cool and reburn
an additional 5 seconds. Then to finish the job, lay the disbudding
iron on its side and burn the bud that is inside of the copper ring
with the side of the disbudding iron. This burning of the bud does not
hurt the goat. Spray the burned area with an antiseptic.
a check on the horn buds; and, if you see regrowth, disbud again.
Disbudding boxes are available to hold the goat while they are being
disbudded or smaller kids can be held in your lap.
owners use clippers to trim the hair around the bud to lessen the smell
of hair burning and to be able to locate the horn bud easier.
is not for the "faint of heart". Get an experienced goat owner to show
you how to properly disbud or solicit the services of a veterinarian.
Disbud your goat in the right time period to get a good smooth head. Do
not use chemical pastes to disbud a goat -- they are dangerous, more
painful and do not work!
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Farmstead Goat Dairy
3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road
Germanton, NC 27019