Vern (Dwarf Nigerian Goat)
Vern was born with a sister, Equinox, who did not make it. He was the first kid (in fact animal of any sort) born at Timberwyck under our direction, and for that reason he's pretty special. He is currently intact, but his future is a date with the emasculatome and eventually to be a companion whether to our buck, Emmett, or whoever replaces him.
- Nov. 20, 2011
We castrated Vern using the “side crusher” from Premier 1. He kicked a bit during the procedure and was sore for about a day or two afterward but has otherwise come through fine. It was a little later than we would have liked, but we also felt good that his urethra was well developed well before we took his sperm-making ability.—