We did the nasty deed early this morning before it got too hot. As usual, the head-shaving was just as traumatic as the burning. But there were no hard feelings afterwards and she was begging for a bottle just as soon as we got her out of the disbudding box.
So why do we partake in this cruel disfigurement of our goats? Personally, I like the look of a goat with horns. But it is for purely selfish reasons on our part. I do not want to untangle goat heads and horns from fencing or cattle panels - like fifteen times a day. I do not want to have to deal with goat-horn inflicted damage to udders, other goats, or myself. And I believe that de-horned goats have a better chance of selling.
I don't mean to say that those of you with horned goats are doing it wrong. Actually, I really believe that you are doing it the best way; naturally. But even though I go through the same "should we, shouldn't we" question in my mind come every kidding season, I still think we're doing the right thing.
For our farm.