How To Take Care Of Cows
Take Care Of Cows - Tips For Beginners
Rearing cows can be a good source of income. It can be a tedious process
as in raising other farm animals but it is one profitable venture. There
are three types of cows. One type is raised for production of dairy
products like milk, butter and cheese, the other is raised for its meat
called beef. The third kind is used as drafts. Knowing how to take care
of cows is very important so that you can get quality products from your
cows. You have to keep them strong and healthy for whatever purpose they
may serve. Naturally, you have to feed them well and keep them away from
The first tip on how to take care of cows is to provide your cows a good
area of pasture for grazing. Grass feeding is ideal for cows. It is
approximated that a cow needs one to two acres of grazing land. Also,
those who live in dry regions require more acres of grazing land per
cow. They need to graze to have good health and to have plenty of
exercise they need. However, if it is not enough pasture especially if
you have little land or because of the climate changes, supplement hay,
alfalfa, corn and grain as your cow food. Make sure that you give your
cows enough fresh water daily. It is said that a full grown cow can
consume about 20 gallons of water per day so make sure it gets adequate
supply of water.
Aside from providing them shelter, another tip on how to take care of
cows is to place a good fencing. Since cattle need to graze freely they
should be left alone for some time. The only way to ensure that they
will not stray is to fence your property with barbed or woven wire which
can be at least 4 feet high. This can guard your cows and make them stay
within the boundaries of the fenced land. Sometimes cow ranchers tie
their cows to an object held firmly on the ground so that they can graze
freely. While this is okay, fencing your property is the best way to
keep your cows guarded.
The next tip on how to take care of cows is to provide them with
shelter. Cattle are huge animals so you need to provide them with enough
space. They need a place where they can be protected from the sun and
heat during summer and the rainy and cold days especially during winter.
The shelter need not look exceptional. It just needs to have a space
where there is adequate ventilation. Also keep in mind that you have to
separate the cattle from the drafts unless you have to mate them
already. Make sure to clean their shelter daily so that they will not
get sick because of their unhealthy surroundings. If your cows are kept
inside a barn, be sure to clean the stalls and give them fresh straw
There are many other tips on how to take care of cows which include
keeping them away from lice and parasites. Make sure that they are
de-wormed. Vaccinations are also advised to keep your cattle away from
diseases. Let the veterinarian have your cattle checked regularly so
that they can be given proper medication or vitamins and minerals
supplements. You should also brush their hair and touch them. Lastly,
although cattle are generally gentle animals, keep caution in handling
them because they are big animals and they can accidentally hurt you.
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