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How to Perform Castration

| Updated November 01, 2017

Things You'll Need

  • Elastrator

  • Special Rubber Bands

  • 2 People


  • Always watch your young animal for signs of infection while they heal from the castration process.


  • I am not a vet and I am not certified in animal medicine. I only give you advise from my personal experience.

Castration has many benefits. If the animal being castrated is for meat purposes the animal will gain weight faster. Castration is also beneficial if you are trying to limit and control the herd number. Such as raising a sheep for wool. Castration will also curb aggression in the male animals. This will protect your herd from excessive damage do to increased levels of testosterone. I.E. Male's fighting males for territory. This is a how to castrate with an elastrator.


Obtain the castration tool and the rubber rings. This can be purchased at a feed store or at a farm retail store. There relatively inexpensive and can be used multiple times.

Elastrator castration happens to a young male animal that is only a few days old.

Place rubber band around the for points and squeeze the handle to open up rubber band.

You will need two people for this task. One to operate the devise and the other to firmly secure the animal. Fully stabilize and secure the animal from any movement. For lambs it is best if they are laid down, and for bulls it is fine if they are allowed to stand.

Place rubber band around the scrotum and testicles. And release the tool allowing the band to close around.

The animal will display moments of pain for the first 10-20 minutes and then pain will subside. It will take about 2 weeks for the scrotum to dry up and fall off.

The benefits of the elastrator are that it is a bloodless method of castration. And since there is no laceration or open wound it will decrease the chance of the animal obtaining an infection.

This can also be done if you want to dock the animals tail. Again the animal can only be a few days old. But simply apply the band and in about 2 weeks the tail will be docked.