Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats

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Two months ago, I castrated an 11 month old with a burdizzo (emasculator from Jeffers), and only one side took.

This definitely could have been operator error, it was my first time using the tool, but I think the burdizzo was the culprit.

I didn't examine it closely when I got it three years ago, so doubt I can return it.
It's the kind with the gaps on either side, but I think the problem was the fact that where the two parts of the clamp meet is not flush on one side. The side I used on the currently intact testicle.

I can't see any reason why I couldn't use the tool in reverse (with the 'C' side on top, instead of under, the scrotum), so I can reclamp using the side of the clamp that actually touches.
But I thought I'd see if anyone might see a problem with that since I'm new to it and you don't know what you don't know.

He was such a trooper so I'm sad he will know what's coming this time....

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You wouldn't be able to see the scrotum as well if you held the burdizzo upside down, but assuming you crunched the cord, it would work. I personally hold the cord with one hand while closing the burdizzo with the other hand, so the cord isn't right next to the edge anyway. 

I ended up using the tool upside down and it worked.

I'll attach a photo of the tool I used.

It's not the easiest to see, but it's perfectly flush at the top and very gradually separates along the way to the bottom.

That is a really big gap between the tooth on the edge and the piece that crushes. I've heard that those have more failures, but since mine has very little space in there, I don't have personal experience with a big gap like that.

I'm glad it worked for you! I'd definitely be using it upside down so that you'd be more assured of success by using the side with the tiny space.

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