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Keeping cows requires daily animal care. It is important that you pay close attention to their health. Because no matter how big a cow is, the animal is vulnerable.
As a cow farmer you do everything you can to keep your cattle in optimal condition. Tips for both the hobby (farm) care of a cow and for professional livestock farming.
Of course, cows cannot speak, but their body and behavior show how their health is doing. Alertness on the part of the farmer enables timely intervention. Therefore, check a cow daily for:
In calves it is important to keep a close eye on their growth. A growth disorder often indicates an underlying ailment.
Nutrients play an important role in the health of cows. Provide a balanced diet, aimed at the age of a cow, with quality nutrition and supplements. This increases the resistance and keeps the animal vital for longer. It is also important for healthy livestock to provide a pleasant and safe stable. It is spacious, clean, dry and free from unwanted intruders. With regard to grazing, it is important to allow the natural behavior of cattle as much space as possible.
Unfortunately, cattle and their cow pies can attract a lot of insects. Besides being a nuisance to your animal, they also involve risks. The bugs can transfer dirt and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. That's why you prefer to keep them as far away from your livestock as possible. Fortunately, effective insecticides are available that are also safe for cows to use. They offer your animals the best protection.
Strong claws are a must for cattle. Unfortunately, claw problems are common in these animals. Too heavy a load and poor care are possible causes of this. Cows must be cut at least 2 to 3 per year. But also keep an eye on the hooves in the meantime. When they are too long, they cause lameness and skew injuries. Infections and other problems can also occur in the dewclaw - similar to a human thumb. The occasional peeling or trimming can provide the solution.
Although it may seem that cows like nothing more than standing in the pasture, they spend a lot of time lying down. Twelve to fifteen hours a day is no exception. If a cow stands for longer than 1 hour in a row, that is already too great an attack for its claws. It is therefore important to provide pleasant lying and hiding places outside as well. Moisture-free, cool and shady areas are a must.
Just like other animals, cows cannot do without drinking water. Dehydration (dehydration) can be life-threatening for cattle. Offer your livestock unlimited fresh drinking water all day long, both indoors and outdoors. And intervene immediately in case of diarrhea with a fluid therapy. Because once there is dehydration, cattle often only have a chance of survival via an IV.