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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Cattle Salt Lick: Importance and How often it should be used

Cattle Salt Lick: Importance and How often it should be used

Salt lick is usually given to ruminant animals to supplement for essential minerals needed by their body. Most of the feeds being consumed by ruminants do lack certain minerals especially those that are fed solely on grasses. It is therefore necessary that they are supplied these minerals through salt lick. Which one is better to use as salt lick: iodized salt or compact mineralized salt lick? The truth of the matter is that most compact mineralized salt lick contains more than sodium and chlorine (sodium chloride) whereas it is only…

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Cow Milk Production

Cow Milk Production

Cows only produce milk after they have given birth, and dairy cows must give birth to one calf per year in order to continue producing milk. Typically they are artificially inseminated within three months of giving birth. These high-production cows produce milk on average for less than three years, after which they are culled and their meat used for beef. The average lactation period for a dairy cow is 305 days. In that time a cow can produce around 22,000 pounds of milk. At 8.6 lbs of milk per gallon,…

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Risks in Purchasing a Pregnant Cow

Risks in Purchasing a Pregnant Cow

When some ruminant farmers ask if I can advice their buying a pregnant cow, well I won’t really say is such a bad idea because you may be lucky the animal may give you a very good result while on the other hand, it may turn out to be a problem. I will personally counsel against it because if a pregnant cow is dead, the meaning is that you have lost the money that would have been used in purchasing about 4 to 5 weaners and since we are here…

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The Reproductive Rate of Cattle

How to treat Ruminant Animal Diseases

With regards to the reproductive rate of cattle, as a ruminant farmer or an intending ruminant farmer, you need to be well aware of the reproductive rate of any ruminant animal you would like to go into as this will guide and enable you understand exactly what you are actually venturing into and how long it is going to take you before you can get back your return on investment. I always advice farmers never to invest or venture into any kind of Agricbusiness simply because they see their neighbors…

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How to Prepare a Cow for Calving

How to Prepare a Cow for Calving

There are certain techniques that must be followed when preparing a cow for calving and below are some of those basic techniques involved when preparing a cow for calving: Milking cows should be dried after 10 months of milking The animal is then steamed up by giving it concentrates for the next two months before calving. 2 to 4 kg of good concentrates are given per cow in two splits per day. Heifers should be prepared for milking by often taking it to the dairy, massage the udder gently squeezing…

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Research says: Calves conceived in winter perform better? Find out why

Research says: Calves conceived in winter perform better? Find out why

Cows (Calves) and humans have something in common: If you take better care of the mother during pregnancy, her children are likely to be healthier and this impact should last a lifetime, a University of Florida scientist says. Therefore even as a farmer you now know exactly what to do when your cows are pregnant in order to achieve better result so take good care of your pregnant cows. In the case of cows, cool conditions are key. A new UF/IFAS study shows calves conceived during winter went on to…

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Teat Management and How to Clean Teats

Do you know that Quality milk production begins with feeding your dairy animals’ good fodder to using clean milking equipment? However, while many farmers adhere to the two factors for maximum profit, they forget about offering proper care to the cow’s teats. Teat management remains a key factor in maintaining the well-being of any dairy animal as it ensures the teats are disease-free. As such, teats must be kept clean and healthy to reduce risks of infection and milk contamination. Well managed teats are free of mud, dung and damaged…

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