3 routes for a male calf

  1. to be slaughtered and end up as veal meat
  2. to be castrated, put on weight and finish up as beef meat
  3. to become a bull, donate his sperm, be slaughtered and become beef meat


Castration methods

  1. elastic bands – placed above the testicles and removal of the withered scrotum (Elastrator)
  2. Burdizzo tongs – crushing of the two spermatic cords
  3. crushing – crushing of the total breadth of the scrotum
  4. surgical intervention – removal of the testicles
  5. chemical castration – injection or administering of medication

Anaesthetic, castration and peeling
Bern University – Federa Poly-technic – Federal Veterinary Office mandate 2010