Livestock production: Sick animals and fever

Question: How important is it to determine the temperature of a sick animal? When infectious organisms such as bacteria or viruses invade an animal, the immune system tries to destroy them. As part of this reaction the animal’s temperature rises causing what we know as fever. Fever is the first…

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Livestock production: Becoming a better livestock farmer

Question: Where do I start to become a better livestock farmer? The answer is basic and straightforward. You have to decide, first of all, if you are going to be merely a livestock owner or whether you want to be a livestock farmer. The difference lies in the fact that…

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Livestock production: What is strangles in your horses and how to treat it?

Sometimes horses become depressed and feverish. They develop swollen glands around the head that start oozing yellow liquid. This condition is called strangles. Strangles is one of the most important diseases in horses worldwide. It spreads easily from one horse to another and is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus equi.…

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Livestock production: Spotting the first signs of disease

Observing your livestock’s general health costs nothing and you don’t need special equipment – but it can save your animals’ lives. It takes very good stockmanship to spot abnormal behaviour in your animals. Daily observation of normal behaviour and a step-by-step investigative approach if they do not behave as usual.…

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Livestock production: Spotting the first signs of disease
Write down what you observe about the forage your flock is eating. Make notes on the quality of the forage and the condition of the animals.

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