- 9.5" long
- 1" jaw
How to Use
- Ensure that both testicles are pulled down.
- Only clamp one testicle cord in the scrotum at a time.
- When doing second side, slide the side crusher down a little. You do not want the opposing marks to meet.
- Never clamp the entire scrotum with single squeeze & never allow the opposing marks (one from each side) to meet.
- Do not leave pliers closed. This will relax the crush on the pliers.
- Make sure that you crush the cord above the testicle. Crushing the testicle will cause swelling.
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Lyn N from British Columbia
Worth every penny. 100% success rate 2 years running (approx 10 goats per year). I do most boys at 7 days or less as they are going for meat at 6 months and the experts say far less pain if you do them that young. I did two boys at 3 months (to be kept as wethers) and there was a lot more pain & swelling. This design is much easier to use on the small goat scrotums than the traditional burdizzo.
Janet L from Washington
After using the large emasulotome on my angora goats for too many years, I finaly sprung for the more expensive side crusher. Why did I wait!
So much easier on my arthritic thumbs, and much easier on my goats. I just wethered a couple of 4+ month old guys. They were sore but recovered much more quickly. I had no problem getting a good "clamp" on these older kids and it gives them a much better chance at avoiding urinary calculi in the future.
J S from Idaho
My husband and I recently started a new hobby with 2 Nigerian dwarf doelings and 1 Nigerian Dwarf buckling.
Not quite ready for breeding, the buckling needed to be wethered.
I read a lot online and we decided on the burdizzo method.
I could not find a vet in town that even knew what that was.
So, we decided to do the job ourselves.
We used the directions on fiascofarm.com
We waited till our Nigerian Dwarf buckling was 8 weeks old.
My husband held him, and I used the side crusher, once on both sides counting 5 one thousands.
Our little goat yelled, but it wasn't too bad.
It swelled a little, but not too bad.
He seemed fine in minutes, a little more cuddly maybe.
And after just a week, we can tell his scrotum is shrinking.
We are really happy with this purchase. I was nervous about using it on such a small goat, and also because this was my first time with no one experienced around to advice me.
The tool works great. We do plan to breed our goats down the road for milk, and saw the side crusher as an investment for all the future bucklings we will wether.
Esther C from Northeast PA
Only 4 stars, because it is SO expensive. However, it's easy for an inexperienced layman such as myself to use, and it works. Buying a $100 specific-use instrument for just two bucklings was certainly financially impractical, but no-one seemed to have one we could borrow, and we didn't like the alternatives. Everyone from our vet on down advised banding, but it was summer, and a rotting scrotum in fly season seemed to us like an open invitation to infection. So we splurged. The boys were 6 wks old at the time, and being Nubian-Saanen crosses, they, and their scrotums, were already good sized. My husband sat them on his lap and held their legs, and our daughter held their heads (fortunately they had already been disbudded at a week old). I applied the emasculator, 30 seconds to each side. There are some people who might benefit from the application of this procedure, but our little goats are nice and I like them. It wasn't fun, but within 60 seconds it was over for each one. They were visibly sore and none too happy with me for about a day, after which they were their usual perky selves again. Within six weeks I was 90% certain that the procedure had been a success. They are now 3 months old, and I am 100% sure that they are both officially wethers. All four testicles have gone from walnut sized to marble sized. I would definitely recommend this product, especially to producers with a good-sized herd. Alternatively, backyard owners of just a few goats could go together to purchase one, because of the expense. I would also research some kind of effective anesthetic. I did give our guys aspirin about an hour before the procedure, but I suspect aspirin just didn't cut it. The acute pain was brief, and the 24 hours worth of discomfort that followed was not debilitating, but if I must ever do it again, I want to find some way to diminish the pain.
H H from Washington state
This tool is the replacement for the original Ritchey Nipper which is no longer available in the US. Here at our little goat dairy (www.herronhilldairy.com) we raise LaManchas and Nigerians and have had very good luck with the Nipper but with a couple of caveats. Your LaMancha bucklings can be wethered at 2-3 weeks of age, but a month is better. Your Nigerians, much smaller, should not be wethered before 8 weeks of age. If you wether them too soon you may find that they are not sufficiently developed - just not big enough - for the cord to 'snap' correctly. We have never had problems except when we tried to wether too soon. Additionally, it is better for their overall health to develop a bit more, so do yourself a favor and wait until 7-8 weeks on the little guys. Otherwise great product.