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Docking a Lamb's Tail

Veterinarian shows how to dock a lamb's tail using an elastrator band.



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Dr. Dianne Hellwig, DVM, PhD, demonstrates the proper technique and tool placement for docking a lamb's tail using the elastrator band.

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Excellent video. I hated the idea of cutting and this seems much more humane.
Lauri, Batesburg, SC
Posted: 11/9/2012 6:57:48 PM
Thank you for making that video!!! My daughter is
in vet school and can't dock tails for me this year. Your video is great.
Beth, Lovettsville, VA
Posted: 4/13/2012 6:27:57 AM
OH another REALLy important thing not mentioned in the video is the need to give the lamb an injection of Tetanus Antitoxin. This is different than the CDT shot. CDT is long term tetanus. The tetanus antitoxin is a fast acting short term tetanus shot. The sheep farm we buy from, our vet and our shearer ALL told us this is mandatory as there is a real chance of tetanus infection when tail docking!
glenn, hanover, PA
Posted: 3/4/2012 4:04:16 PM
According to the sheep farm we deal with if the lamb is healthy, the 3 day after birth is ideal but no later than 7 days. Hope this helps.
glenn, hanover, PA
Posted: 3/4/2012 3:52:33 PM
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