The Callicrate Bander™ has earned a reputation as the most humane and effective bloodless castration method on the market, recommended by veterinarians, animal handling specialists and cattle producers.
“Banding is better than cutting for the bigger animals,” says Temple Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and one of the nation’s leading experts on humane animal handling. “England’s rule is that after four months they require an anesthetic (for surgical castration.)”
The tightness of the band is essential to minimizing discomfort and complications, which is why she endorses the Callicrate Bander™.
The sophisticated winding mechanism insures proper tightness, and the rubber tubing of the bands is specially formulated to withstand and maintain the high tension stress needed to achieve perfect results.
“You have to make sure you get the band on really tight over the testicles, or they will swell. With the Callicrate Bander™, you can get it on super-tight,” Grandin says.
Another benefit of using this method, she says, is that the animals won’t associate any residual discomfort with the squeeze chute or the livestock handlers who apply the band, which means they are more willing to return to the chute. “That’s because it doesn’t hurt at all when it is first put on,” she says. “Only one out of about 30 animals will show any noticeable discomfort.”
Grandin is considered one of the country’s pre-eminent humane livestock handling experts. She has designed facilities in the U. S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat processing plants. She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs, and is the author of several popular books, including most recently, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior.
She has also consulted on animal handling methods with Callicrate Cattle Co., of St. Francis, Kan., where the Callicrate Bander™ was invented and is still manufactured today.
She reminds producers to keep cattle under careful observation for the first 24 hours after banding and to make sure they each receive the required tetanus shots, as a precautionary measure, prior to the procedure.
Tom Hendrix has been using delayed castration on his ranch near Wray, Colo., for roughly 15 years and is very pleased with the results.