Cattle Care

Cattle Care in August Month

Make appropriate arrangements to protect animals from exposure to sun and excessive heat.

Vaccinate the animals against FMD, Haemorrhagic Septicaemia, Black Quarter, Enterotoxemia etc., if not already done so.

Animals afflicted by FMD should be kept in a separate enclosure so that they do not infect the healthy ones. If FMD is prevalent in the area, do not let your animals come in contact with the infected ones.

Calves should not be allowed to drink milk from mothers afflicted by FMD, as this can affect their hearts and lead to death.

The mouth, hooves and udders of diseased animals must be cleaned with a 1% solution of Potassium Permanganate.

If symptoms of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia or Black Quarter are seen in animals, contact the veterinarian immediately.

Carcasses of dead animals must be removed from grazing area to prevent the spread of Botulism.

Goat and sheep are prone to getting PPR, Sheep/Goat Pox and Enterotoxemia, at this time. Vaccinate them against these diseases.

Animal must be dewormed, using the correct dose of medicines, after due consultation from the veterinarian / animal health worker.

To protect animals from ecto-parasites, contact the veterinarian / animal health worker for the appropriate medicine. Keep the shed/area where animals are kept, clean. Bouquets of Nirgundi, Basil, Lemon grass may be hung up in the animal shed, the scent of which keeps the ecto-parasites away. Alternatively, a lemon oil based disinfectant may also be used to keep the shed clean.

Ensure that the animal shed remain dry during monsoon season. To keep flies away spray Nilgiri or Lemon grass oil in the shed.

Give the animals 30-50 grams of minerals mixture along with their feed on a daily basis. This increases milk productivity and enhances the animal’s immunity.

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