email@example.com (N. Thornton) wrote:
Least, they look like the descriptions I've read, but I've not seen
any. The idea is that they're affixed through the scrotal wall and
when squeezed will break the relevant pipework without cutting the
skin. IIRC, they weren't that reliable.
Gentlemen may now wish to uncross their legs.
Simon Avery, Dartmoor, UK
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I know a sheep farmer who uses something similar (but never seen them) to
castrate his rams. The pliers don't sever the testicle, but stop short and
put pressure on the supply, nerve or whatever and in time they (the
testicles) wither and no longer perform. maybe? ..................
And of course it's common knowledge that a castrated ram is called a wether?
Anyway, that's a useful foundation for the story about the farmer who had a
troublesome ram and, being very short of cash, decided to sell it at market
one sunny day. As the auctioneer tried to get a bid the ram howled, charged
the fencing and generally caused a lot of fuss. No bids were forthcoming
and shortly after the disgusted farmer was putting his ram back into his
landrover. His neighbour walked by and said "Nice Weather, Bert". "It will
be when I get back to the farm" replied the farmer.
Ok - Someone on my woodworking course
suggested that they were for putting rings in
animals (pigs/cattle) noses. On close inspection
it appears that there is a groove where a ring
might go. Seems almost plausable... At least
better than removing horses from boy scouts
hoofs - or whatever...
No, I had seen something similar looking in a snapon catalogue a long
time ago and remembered the name, I then did a quick search for hog
ring pliers and found some pictures which were similar, they seem to
be mainly used in the upholstery trade, so I mentioned that too.
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