Allowing Ruminants to graze vs providing feeds for them in a confinement, find out which is better

Most times, ruminant farmers will always want to find out which is better between allowing the ruminant animals to graze on their own and providing feeds for them in a confinement. This depends on the purpose for which you are raising them, ruminants which are raised for fattening purposes only are hardly allowed to graze because it is believed that the energy used in grazing will be conserved and converted to muscles. Also, some farmers do not allow their animals to graze in an attempt to avoid the risks involved…

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The Ideal Feed for Ruminants

The Ideal Feed for Ruminants

In order to get the most out of livestock you must always give animals enough good feed and clean water. Good feed is high in nutrients and provides everything that the body needs in order for the animal to grow and reproduce. Inadequate nutrition is a major cause of low live-weight gains, infertility and low milk yields and other health issues in animals. Ruminant animals have a stomach that is composed of four compartments – reticulum, rumen, omasum and abomasum. The rumen serves as a large fermentation vat in which…

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How Often to Clean a Ruminant Pen

How Often to Clean a Ruminant Pen

How often should the ruminant pen be cleaned? This is a question of hygiene which is very paramount to the health and general welfare of the animals. It is necessary that housing is swept and the dungs packed daily. However, washing the housing units with soap and water should be done occasionally depending on the type of housing constructed for them. Washing the housing units once a week is not a bad option as this will help improve the general well-being of the animals. Read Also: Ruminants Grazing Techniques –…

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Ruminants Grazing Techniques – Suitable Methods

Ruminants Grazing Techniques - Suitable Methods

In agriculture, grazing is a method of animal husbandry whereby domestic livestock are used to convert grass and other forage into meat, milk, wool and other products, often on land unsuitable for arable farming. Farmers may employ many different strategies of grazing for optimum production: grazing may be continuous, seasonal, or rotational within a grazing period. Longer rotations are found in ley farming, alternating arable and fodder crops; in rest rotation, deferred rotation, and mob grazing, giving grasses a longer time to recover or leaving land fallow. Patch-burn sets up…

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Importance of a Sick Bay in a Ruminant House

Importance of a Sick Bay in a Ruminant House

In case you like to know more about what is known as a sick bay, then here is an explanation for you. Among ruminants and even livestock’s generally, since they are raised in a group, it is possible for some to be sick at a time when others are healthy. It is usually necessary that the sick ones is separated from the healthy ones for them to receive adequate treatment and the special housing made for this purpose is what is called a “sick bay”. I will strongly recommend a…

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