Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Cattle: Causes and Symptoms

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Cattle

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a severe, highly contagious viral disease of cattle and swine. It also affects sheep, goats, deer, and other cloven-hooved ruminants. Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is not recognised as a zoonotic disease. The disease spreads very quickly if not controlled and because of this is a reportable disease. Meanwhile, Foot and mouth disease (FMD) otherwise referred to as FMD Disease is a severe, highly infectious viral disease of not only to cattle but also to other animals like swine (pigs), sheep, goats, and other…

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The Life-Span of Farm Animals

The Life-Span of Farm Animals

This implies how long farm animals can live before they die naturally. Well, being food animals, it is difficult to predict this because almost all of the time they are not allowed to reach its full age before they are being slaughtered. Therefore, knowing their life span may be difficult. However, I have seen some farm animals like Sheep and Goat of five years and Cattle of fifteen years before. The Life Expectancy of Farm Animals What is the relationship between the size of an animal and how long it…

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Goats eating Nylon and What you should do

Goats eating Nylon and What you should do

Of recent I got a question from a ruminant farmer that says “I discovered that my Goat ate a lot of nylon and is now very sick. What can I do? Well most of the time, animals that eat nylon usually die. The only option is surgery with which the nylon can be brought out of the animal. The reason why most farmers hardly do this is because of the cost of surgical operation most of the time higher than the cost of the animal itself. Lolz! However, if the…

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How to Identify and Treat Poisoned Animals

How to Identify and Treat Poisoned Animals

When it comes to poisoned animals or animal poisoning, there are many signs that may show that an animal is poisoned. These signs depend on the type of poison and the extend of poisoning. In severe cases, the animal may just die suddenly without any previous sign. At other times in animal poisoning, the animal may how in like vomiting, diarrhea, and may foam before eventually death if left unattended to. How to Handle a Poisoned Animals This depends on the nearness of your consultant. If he/she is very near,…

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How to Neuter (Castrate) Ruminant Male Animals: Risks and Benefits

How to Neuter (Castrate) Ruminant Male Animals: Risks and Benefits

To neuter (castrate) , popularly referred to as ”Castration or neutering ”,  is the removal or inactivation of the testicles of a male animal or it can also be defined as the destruction or removal of the testicles of the male which is carried out on animals which are not wanted for breeding. For those searching for neutering near me, Castration is a common management tool in the beef cattle sector and other ruminant animal sectors for many reasons, including to: Stop the production of male hormones Prevent unplanned mating…

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Reasons why some Ruminant Animals can’t deliver by themselves and How to assist them

Signs and Diseases Ruminant Animals (Livestocks) get from Feeds and Water

Most of the time when ruminant animals can’t deliver by themselves, it is either that the foetus is too being to pass through the vagina of the female or that the female has a small genital opening that the foetus cannot pass through. It is also possible that the foetus presented a wrong position and posture e.g. if the foetus tries to come out through the leg and one is still inside while the other is outside. All of these will make it either difficult or impossible for the female…

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Why some Cows don’t expel their placenta after delivery and How to help them

Why some Cows don't expel their placenta after delivery and How to help them

This condition is common with some cows. In fact, I have seen a cow that has to be helped to expel the placenta at every delivery. To help the animals under this condition, there are some steps that could be taken: First, the animal can be given a drug that will aid contraction which will help expulsion of the placenta. E.g. oxytocin can be used for this. Meanwhile this must be used under the supervision of your consultant. Second, the placenta can be pulled out manually whether as the only…

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Ruminant Animal Wounds: Causes and Methods of Treatment

Ruminant Animal Wounds: Causes and Methods of Treatment

Ruminant animals include: Sheep, Goat, Cow (Cattle) etc. and there are many causes of wounds in the body of ruminant animals and they include but not limited to the following: First, it can occur as a result of fighting among themselves during which they can injure one another with their horns. Second, heavy tick infestation can result in wounds especially on the site of attachment of the ticks. Third, wounds do result in the course of grazing especially when the animals are allowed to pass through with thick forest where…

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Worm Infestation on Ruminant Animals: Symptoms and Treatment

Worm Infestation on Ruminant Animals: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

As a beginner, there are most times many questions you may wish to ask concerning your ruminant animals and am sure that a question like this one: how do I know when my ruminants are suffering from worm infestation must be one of them. Secondly, you may also wish to know the signs and symptoms and how to go about their treatment. Don’t worry as we are going to discuss all that below: There are many signs that can indicate worm infestation in ruminant animals and these include: Loss of…

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Livestock Farming: Best Route of Drug Administration for Ruminants

How to Identify the Particular Disease Affecting your Ruminant Animals

In livestock farming business, Ruminant farmers usually raise questions like where is one supposed to put their drugs, is it in their feeds or water? This is a very simple question for most ruminant farmers those into livestock farming business who are aware of the answer and at the same time a very difficult question for those that are not aware of the answer. Normally, this depends on the route of administration of the drugs and they are usually stated on the drugs to be used. If the drug is…

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