How to Prepare a Cow for Calving

How to Prepare a Cow for Calving

Below are some of the 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 and pulling the teats and patting her on the back and the like. A…

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

According to the Materials provided by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Cows 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. In the case of cows, cool conditions are key. A new UF/IFAS study shows calves conceived during winter went on to produce more calves and milk. That’s a critical finding for dairy farmers and for people looking for…

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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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How to keep cows happy

Brazilian study shows how small changes on farms can lower stress levels of cattle   Story Source: Materials provided by Springer. Corrals are used on livestock farms around the world to round up the animals when they need to be weighed or vaccinated. New research now shows that removing splashes of colors, shadows or water puddles from corrals, keeping noise levels down and not using dogs and electric prods can dramatically reduce the stress cattle experience. Maria Lúcia Pereira Lima of the Instituto de Zootecnia Sertãozinho in Brazil is the…

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