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Slaughter Tapping

Highly intensive tapping prior to replanting is the last stage in the tapping cycle and is called slaughter tapping. Tapping on the renewed bark at the lower levels may not be economic at this stage. Therefore slaughter tapping is often done at higher levels, sometimes even on branches, with the help of ladders. As the objective of slaughter tapping is to extract as much latex as possible from the available bark, no consideration is given to the technique, intensity or standard of tapping. It may not be economical to use stimulants during slaughter tapping, because it will not be appreciable on account of the very high intensity of tapping adopted. Rainguarding also being out of question, slaughter tapping is best resorted to during relatively dry months.  If needed, rainguarding using 90 cm polythene has to be done.

Owing to high labour requirements and therefore high costs, slaughter tapping will not find favour in times of low prices of rubber. It is generally carried out by contract labour, on piece rate systems. Many contractors buy old rubber trees both for slaughter tapping as well as for timber.


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