Cattle production: Prevent injuries with good planning

One of the greatest constraints veterinarians find when trying to treat cattle is the lack or inadequacy of handling facilities. If it is too difficult to constrain cattle, the owner won’t be able to examine or treat sick animals in time. The handling facilities on a cattle farm are a…

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The crush pen depicted here can accommodate 2 heads of cattle. The stockman works from outside the crush.

Cattle production: A layman’s guide to helping a cow give birth

Many farmers have had to help out when a cow is unable, or struggling, to deliver a calf. Here are some tips. Resolving some cases of difficult calving can only be attempted by an experienced veterinarian, but the average farmer can tackle some simple cases and assess when veterinary help…

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Cattle production: Keep cows in shape with supplements

Many cattle herds take a knock in winter when forage quality declines in the summer rainfall areas. Here are some strategies to improve forage utilisation and ensure maximum production efficiency. A cow should produce a calf every year (365 days) and conceive again within 90 days after giving birth. To…

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Cattle production: Your calves and parasites

Question: The rainfall was exceptionally high in my area during late summer and autumn. The grazing looks good, and the cows are in a good condition, but my calves are not growing too well. What could the problem be? Most parasites flourish under wet and warm conditions. Roundworms and tapeworms,…

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