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Home Farming Tips Why and How You Should Castrate Pigs

Why and How You Should Castrate Pigs

by Harvest Money Editor
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A castrated male pig grows faster.  It does not carry the unpleasant smell (olusu) which is common in uncastrated pigs and it is a put off for pork buyers. Its meat quality is less fatty, heavy and good for the consumer.

This is a castration method for one using a surgical knife;

-Hold the piglet by both hind legs  with its head down.

-Using the thumb, pushup on both testicles

-Make an incision through the  skin of the scrotum over each testicles in the direction of the tail.

-Be sure the incision are made low on the scrotal sac  to allow for fluid drainage .

-It does not matter when you cut through the white membrane of each testicles or not.

-Pop the testicles through each incision and pull on them slightly .

-Pull each testicle out while pressing your thumb  against the piglet pelvis.

-Thumb pressure on the pelvis  is important to ensure that the testicular cord break off at the point of your thumb rather than deep inside the body which may promote development of hernia.

-If necessary the testicles may be cut free of the cord using scraping motion.

-Cut away any cord or connective tissues  protruding from the incision  and spray the wound with antiseptic or put wood ash locally. This can be done by all pig farmers when you have the right procedure to follow.

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