Check the nuts and bolts of castrators!

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

TWELVE young bulls had a lucky escape when a faulty castrator didn’t do its job, but it could have had disastrous consequences for the farmer.

TWELVE young bulls had a lucky escape when a faulty castrator didn’t do its job, but it could have had disastrous consequences for the farmer.

Defective castrators being on sale was brought to light at a Limerick IFA county executive meeting by Eamon English, farm business chairman.

“A very good dairy and beef farmer contacted me to say he had bought a new castrator for €130. Last Autumn he went to castrate his weanlings. Luckily he doesn’t let his bullocks run with the heifers or they would have been wrongly inseminated.

“About a month later when they were going in to sheds he noticed it hadn’t worked. He has been castrating cattle for donkeys years but he was quizzing himself. He spoke to two vets and they told him the device he bought was defective. If this farmer bought one, there must be more out there for sale,” said Mr English.

The Oola man says that in layman’s terms the crushing device isn’t good enough.

The farmer, who doesn’t wish to be named, brought it up with the outlet where he bought it. They passed him on to the importer in to Ireland.

“He got no recompense. He has also brought it up with the Veterinary Council of Ireland. It’s an inferior piece of equipment so he should get his money back. It’s a manufacturing fault,” said Mr English.

The bullocks’ lucky escape didn’t last long as they were castrated properly but the faulty equipment would have resulted in animal welfare issues.

“You would have very young heifers calving down and immature pregnancies. There would have been serious consequences for the farmer going in to the future,” said Mr English.

At the Limerick IFA county executive meeting Mr English warned farmers to be very careful when buying a castrator.

“Anyone purchasing one should consult with their local veterinary practice on the best make and model and not to be solely price driven,” said Mr English.