8 Tips for stress free handling of free range cattle

People who are new to handling free range cattle find it sometimes very stressful. If you have ever asked the cowboys you will find that the most difficult task is to keep the cattle in the herd and induce them to stay close without the fences. It really requires a high level of skill to keep the cattle where they are placed. Many get along with this with the trial and error method, but this is good if you have a small number of cattle to manage. On the other hand, if you have a huge livestock, it is very important you handle them perfectly and even move them from one place to another successfully.

One of the biggest mistakes people usually do is they yell and scream at the cattle which frightens them and separates the calves from their mother cows. When a mother cow gets separated from her calf, she will create problem. Feeling of insecurity is also one of the aspects that make the cattle prefer getting back to its origin. Secondly, chasing the cattle out of the place also makes them panic and straggle. So, it is very important that the cattle is moved quietly, preferably on foot or on horses. In fact, for the beginners it is recommended that they move slowly, with the body movement of the cattle and only when they have experienced, they should opt for the horses.

Tips to move successfully and without any hassle

1. Before actually starting to move the cattle, you should train them to accept and understand pressure generated by the stock people.

2. Avoid chasing the cattle from the original place because if they get frightened, they will return to that place and will not get ready to move.

3. Try to help the cattle make a group and it is better to let them initiate the movement. Let them create a loose bunch when starting the movement. It is advisable to give pressure and release alternatively because continuous pressure will make the cattle run in different directions as they start to have the feeling of insecurity.

4. Focus on the slowest animal and let it set the speed. You need a lot of patience when moving your cattle and you should take enough of your time in hand.

5. If you find some of the stragglers among the herd, avoid following or chasing them back to the herd. Leave them because the natural motion of the herd will attract them back especially when they are low-stressed and see the loose bunching of other animals.

6. Make sure water sources are found on the way for the cattle. Once you come near to the desired location, release the pressure and quietly allow the leaders to get back into the herd.

7. It is advisable to allow the stock people leave only when the cattle have started brazing in random positions. This indicates that they are relaxed and concentrating on eating.

8. Make sure the new place where you have moved your cattle has lot of feed and good pasture because the cattle will not stay long where the pasture is not good.

Before launching any animal, it is always good to make sure, analyze yourself that you can handle its demands. Keeping free range cattle is not easy and not everyone is cut out to keep them.

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Happy Cows

As human beings,we feel comfortable when our basic needs are met.As a caregiver,seeing those under your care brings joy. Our pets,are under our care, and so, we need to provide adequate care too. Just like any other pet, cows thrive in proper care. The less cows are stressed, the more they become productive. Proper cow care can be given by providing the following:

Shelters

We all love space,right? We would love our friends,cows,to enjoy in adequate space too!Therefore,construct well-spaced cow pens for the cows to move freely, access water and feeding points with less struggle. There should be enough ventilation to allow free flow air. The pens should also be condusive according to the climate of the area. They should also include nursing pens for the young calves to grow comfortably with minimal injuries from the matured cows. Set up a ‘hospital wing’ for the sick animals to be well cared for until they are well again. Provide dry straw for bedding. Cow pens must always be cleaned; empty feeding troughs water troughs regularly, change the straw for bedding regularly and wash away urine and dung.

Food

A well balanced diet for the cows will guarantee you healthy cows.Skinny malnourished cows are not a site to behold! For the love of the cows,ensure that they are well fed. Cows have the ability to take in high fiber such as pasture, corn plants, silage and hay. Provide these and in turn,get milk highly enriched with proteins! In addition, provide potato peelings, cotton seeds and sweet corn residues. It is also important to get help from an expert concerning cow nutrition.

Water

Let the cows always have clean fresh water for drinking. Water aids in food digestion. It also helps to keep their bodies hydrated. The water should be filled in clean troughs to avoid contamination. Add minerals to the water, salts, for instance, for more taste and health benefits too. Provide extra drinking points for the cows even in the field.

Medical Care

We seek medical care for checkup and treatment. This also is applicable to proper cow care.Holistic medical care requires that animals are regularly checked by a vet that with provide preventive medicines such as vaccines to keep away diseases. The vet with also provide curative care for the cows that are diagonised with an illness. The calves, just as our new born babies get postnatal care, need to be provided with calf health and care to grow into healthy, productive cows. Prevention is better than cure, they say, hence the need to provide preventive care. It is also important to invest is a Disease Prevention and Management Program.

Worker Education

It is key to focus on the above. It is also important to invest in yourself and,or your herders as a caregiver(s). Have you and your helpers exposed extensively on cow care. This will help in recognition and understanding of animal needs. Diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and injuries can be handled on the farm. A conversant farm worker is in a position to handle cows and move them with minimum level of stress. This will enhance cow care and also, minimize on spending.

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Domestic Cow A Bliss

A pet is an animal which becomes the part of human for his company, protection, or entertainment etc. Furthermore, pets are loyal or playful personalities. Dogs, Cats, Cows are one
of them who provide their owner physical as well as emotional benefits.

Domestic cows are the one who provides us milk and other products. In some areas like in India cows are treated as mother and people worship them as goddess. Domestic cow benefits in many ways by providing milk, dung which was used as a fuel, fertilizers, from the hair, hides, horns, hooves and bones clothes and tools are manufactured etc. You will be surprised to know that more than 6 billion people on the planet consumes milk product on regular basis in the form of cheese, curd, yogurt, Ghee etc., It means that how much these animals are important to fulfill are nutritional needs. In fact, most governments have strictly recommended for the amount of milk that every child should consume on a daily basis.

Furthermore, the role of domestic cows is important for our normal growth and human beings around the whole world are aware about it. The milk of cow is rich in protein, vitamin B, vitamin D various minerals, organic compounds and antioxidants that stimulates the body in many ways. The health benefits of cow milk includes strong bones and teeth, healthy heart, prevent diabetes, boost metabolism, body growth and development, makes your immune system strong etc. Domestic cow plays an extraordinary role in the field of medicine for the treatment of various ailments. Especially, for an infant after mother’s milk the milk of domestic cow is used to feed them which gives energy, easy to digest and provide full protection. Domestic cows have different fertilizer milking shorthorn.

The Holstein-Friesian is the one of the largest breed and produces the largest volume of milk in all. The Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Jersey follow Holsteins- Friesian in size. These breeds also vary in colour, volume of milk produced, and milk composition etc. Domestic cattle like cows are social animals and stays in group known as herd. The dung of these domestic cows are used to produce organic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides etc. and its urine is used for agriculture requirements and for the formation of medicines.

The fertilizer that we make from domestic Cow’s bi-products is the basic requirement of the agriculture and crop. The Fertilizer known as Panchagavya and the Pesticides / Insecticides / Fungicides is called as Agnihastra that we made from the dung of domestic cows. Domestic cows balance our ecosystem by consuming grass, stray, leftover food etc. and it saves the crops from pests, insects and fungi. In ancient period domestic cows were used for farming, transportation, agricultural needs or as a barter system to fulfill the basic needs of the human being.

Now days, in the modern society these are used for milk and its products. Still its waste is very useful in every possible way such as we use it as fertilizers, bio-gas etc. Domestic cows are the best source of dairy farming; a person doesn’t need to leave his hometown to meet his needs as people are going away from their villages to earn money. One can setup his own business of dairy farming in his own town and can make money. A household can never appear fruitful without cows. How auspicious are the cows for us.

 

Source
article links:-
https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/myanmars-dairy-farmers-benefit-from-cattle-breeding-programme-using-nuclear-based-techniques
https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-the-domestication-of-cows-170652
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/domestic-cow

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