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Location: Wallace, Michigan, United States

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These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Monday, June 20, 2005

The day I castrated the goat

My mom's friend raises fainting goats. Her nanny goat had twins this spring and one of them happened to be a boy, so he had to be castrated. My mom's friend usually calls the vet in for this, but mom told her I always castrate my own with a band elastrator, and volunteered my services.

A band elastrator, in case you are not country folk, is a device which places a small, strong, thick rubber band around a young male goat, lamb or calf's testicles. The parts in question, being cut off from blood flow, wither and drop off.

I've been neutering my goats and sheep this way for years. Some are uncomfortable the first hour or two. Others don't seem bothered by the business at all.

I went out to the farm to do the fainting goat. Do you know what a fainting goat is? It is a rare breed of American goat, also known as the Myotonic goat or the Nervous goat. They have a hereditary condition which makes their muscles stiffen up when they get startled, and then they fall over.

I'd never castrated a fainting goat before. I assumed it would be the same as any other goat. Silly me!

My mom's friend's husband caught the little fellow and held him down for me, so I got the band on him in record time. Then, the goat fainted. That kind of scared me. He got up shortly after. Then he fainted again. And again. I guess the presence of the elastrator band 'down there' just kept startling him.

The goat was OK, really. It was me that was about to have a nervous breakdown.

My own recently acquired fainting goat buck is the older brother of this buck kid. My goat, thank the Gods, does not faint even when I chase him, or when the geese bite him. And since I bought him as a breeder I won't have to castrate him so he won't have that excuse to faint.

The fainting goat, after he fainted. Posted by Hello