I understand that ideally piglets should be castrated at 10 days or less, however…if, for some reason, boar piglets get to 28 days before castration, can they be castrated using the method in this Cornell University/Kingbird Farm video?
I have routinely castrated at 3-4 weeks of age with no complications. When I’ve tried to do it at an earlier age, I have difficulty getting ahold of the little testicles. I’ve not tried the method in the video, with legs held downward, but I’m going to try it and castrate at 7-10 days on my next litter and see how it goes. My opinion though, 28 days is not to late for castration. I do like for them to be a week old at least, I feel they are well established by then.
We have to castrate at 10 days or less due to AWA standards. On rare occasions we have to do it later, if someone backs out of a boar deal. We “always” attempt to align castration with the Farmer’s Almanac dates, with great success when done this way. As far as late castration, we have seen no ill effect. Good luck.
Thanks Phillip. The AWA standards is one thing I’m having issues with. I’m considering applying for AWA certification but there are one or two things that I have a problem with, and 10 day castration is one of them. I’m not sure what I’m going to do in the future regarding AWA.