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Keep in mind these think in mind for Cattle Care in July Month

The July month witnesses the onset of monsoon season and in some areas there are dust storms accompanied with rain. At such times, animals should be protected against illness caused due to the heat & damp weather.

Made adequate arrangements to protect the animals from slush and floods.

Protect the animals from diseases caused due to excessive rainy conditions and remember to de-worm them at this time.

Animals should be vaccinated against FMD, Haemorrhagic Septicaemia, Black Quarter, Enterotoxemia etc., at this time, if not done earlier.

• Adult sheep & goat must be vaccinated against Enterotoxemia

• After the birth of the calf/kid/lamb, the new born must be fed with colostrum within the first two hours.

• Milking animals are susceptible of getting “Milk Fever” in 7-8 days after giving birth. To avoid this, animal should get proper exposure to sunlight during pregnancy, and in the last pregnancy month, animal should be injected with Vitamin E and Selenium to protect them from problems faced at the time of birth like placenta not falling out. Alternatively, give 5-10 gm of lime or 70 – 100 ml of a mixture of calcium and phosphorus to animals

• Do not let animals graze in irrigated fodder fields, since after the long summer, the sudden growth in the fodder due to the onset of monsoons, leads to the presence of poisonous cyanide in it. This is especially so in the Jowar crop. These fodder crops should, therefore, not be harvested before time or fed to animals.

• Perennial fodder grasses should be transplanted at this time and shall be ready for cutting in 40-50 days. For a balanced animal feed, maize, jowar and bajra should be sown along with cluster beans and black-eyed peas.

21 days after shearing sheep, their bodies should be drenched with disinfectant.

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