I dread it. It is one of those chores, you don't like, but HAVE to do. It is absolutely necessary. We were so lucky. We have a well-versed vet tech in our area that raises pigs. Jeri has been our life-line, and our go-to. She has helped us late in the evening on our third litter, when our sow was taking a long time between piglets and we were freaking out! She has stopped by on her way home to look at a piglet we were worried about and best of all, her and her husband came by and showed us how to castrate. Watching it, I thought there is NO WAY I am going to be able to do that. Next litter, and four boys. In that moment, you just do what needs to be done, and you do your best by the animal. I did all four and since, have only had one incident in all of our litters...
This is a learning incidence for you followers. I castrated the piglet, all was fine, did it quickly. Jason who is the best holder in all the land, grabs the next one and looks at the one we just did and entrails are out. We did humanely put the piglet down. I was a mess, I love these little guys. I went back through the procedure and it was the exact same as all the rest. Well, like getting bucked off a horse, you have to get back in and take care of the next one. All the rest were fine. Talking to Jeri and another pig farmer, we learned that this was a hernia in that piglet. There was nothing we could have done differently.
I think of that incident every time we castrate. It makes me slow down, concentrate, and get it done quickly to avoid stress. I make the incisions as tiny as possible, we clean out with iodine and have never had to medicate. Jason of course does a great job of talking me down off of my limb. :-) Another important step is get baby back to mama ASAP. That extra dose of TLC, gets them back kicking in no time!
Again, I find that this is a necessary topic and hopefully someone can learn from that incident. Also, I have a request for my next topic and that is Winter Watering. Thank you Kirsten, I will talk about that next time, especially since I was shovel deep in it, just this ve