What you need to know about keeping cows
Making everyday life easy for your cattle is important. Always be sure to do research and talk to professionals for advice on the type of cows you have to ensure you haven’t missed out on any critical care measures.
Dairy cows are fed lush, protein-rich alfalfa hay, and this food makes beef cattle sick. A few signs that your beef herd has consumed too much fresh pasture include bloat, diarrhoea and other digestive issues. Beef cattle will do best on a pasture grass mix of hay. This hay includes legumes as well as grass.
Be sure to provide disease prevention practices to protect herd health, including access to veterinary medical care. Provide facilities that allow safe, humane, and efficient movement and/or restraint of cattle.
Cattle should be kept on as flat a surface as possible and offered shelter with thick, clean, dry bedding for arthritic and older animals, who are down more often, making them prone to developing sores and other issues.
Clean, freshwater must always be available to your cattle. Generally, a mature animal consumes between 10 and 20 gallons of water a day, so be sure to use a container large enough to hold that quantity. Consumption is based on weather, so more water should be available in hot weather.
South African cattle farmers know that quality feeding will equate to a fine end-product that will achieve the best price.
While cows can survive on grass pastures, this alone cannot provide all the nutrients required to keep the animals well-fed and in good condition.
Most experts agree that a happy cow is a cow fed on a mixture of alfalfa and grass hay with access to mineral blocks.
Lucerne chaff, also known as alfalfa, contains vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients. It provides a useful source of protein which helps to promote the health of cattle.
When Lucerne is mixed with a premium quality hay such as Teff, it provides the cows with a palatable and nutritious diet. During the winter months cattle farmers also feed their animals Eragrostis, a grass hay feeding supplement.
While many farmers grow their own feed or rent grazing, this is generally insufficient to meet demands the animal’s needs. Assagay Feeds specialize in a variety of quality feeds, supplements, and medical supplies for large animals, such as cattle.
There is much more to cattle care than one would imagine, be sure to chat to the friendly and knowledgeable team at Assagay Feeds to find out more about cows and their required care which includes: Parasite Control, Disinfectants, Deworming, Vaccines, Supplements, Antibiotics, Care Products and Stress Remedies.
Residents of the Upper Highway, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, North Coast, South Coast and surrounding farmers can obtain all their animal feed and essential care products from Assagay Feeds, with the convenience of delivery.
Whilst we may only make reference to a specific product in this article there are over 4000 products stocked at Assagay Feeds ensuring you have everything you need for healthy & happy animals.
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These articles are intended for general understanding and education. We encourage you to chat with the knowledgeable team at Assagay Feeds for more information on animal feed, medical products or any other queries you may have.
Nothing contained in articles is or should be considered, or used as a substitute for, veterinary medical advice, diagnosis or treatment; please always consult your vet.