Bull castration question with pics (not graphic)

Discussion in 'General Cattle Discussion' started by Downsouth13, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Downsouth13

    Downsouth13 New Member

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    Hello, I recently purchased a longhorn “steer”. To the best of my knowledge he’s around 6 months old. Probably around 450 lbs. his back is about waist high...just to give you the idea of his size.

    When I went to check him out, he looked good, so I paid for him and came back with the trailer to pick him up.

    I never really saw him from the back until I unloaded him at home. It looks to me that he is still intact. When I try to contact the seller to find out, he is ignoring me - won’t respond to texts or calls.

    I have only dealt with banded bulls so I am ignorant to what it would look like had it been crimped or castrated with a knife. With a banded bull, everything falls off so it’s obvious. With this one, he still has something going on down there.

    I have attached pics. These are the best ones I have right now. I can take more in the morning if need be. Am I dealing with an intact bull? Or is his just an empty sack?
    I thought about feeling them to see if there was anything in there but thought I’d ask a group of pros first before I start getting weird. :)

    Sorry for the dumb question but I am relatively new to this. We raise about two heifers or steers per year for freezer beef and have never dealt with actual castration before.

    thanks!
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  2. cattleguy91

    cattleguy91 New Member

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    Yeah we’ve only dealt with banded calves as well but I’d recommend just running him through a squeeze so you can feel what’s there and be sure what you have.
     

  3. Peter Murphy

    Peter Murphy New Member

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    Very true said. My friend also did the same.
     
  4. Fairfarmhand

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    Kind looks like they "missed" a testicle when he was banded. He may need to be cut if you have any heifers around or you'll be keeping him longer than about a year.
     
  5. jayk_91

    jayk_91 New Member

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    I can certainly tell he is a steer

    When you casturate with a knife if you don’t cut the sack high enough he will definitely make you 2nd guess the situation

    A 450 lb calf will have testicles large enough you’ll know without a doubt that he is a bull