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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