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: Why are some of my cows dry after calving?

Question: I have a cattle ranch and I don’t see all the cattle every day. Sometimes a cow comes in having calved, but with no milk whatsoever, and no reason for the dry udder. I then have to rear the calves and don’t always have enough frozen colostrum for them.…

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Livestock production: Ensuring your cows get pregnant again after calving

Question: I know how to care for the newborn calf or lamb, but what must be done to ensure the cow or ewe gets pregnant again after calving or lambing? First of all, small-scale farmers have to remember that the number of calves or lambs born is the most important…

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