Handling with cattle

"PASTURE CATTLE" FROM THE PASTURE IN THE BARN: don't forget to shave them!
Handling with cattle · 10. October 2020
Unshaven animals often get too hot in the young cattle shed. Young stock, heifers and calves have a long and very dense winter coat. They don't need that coat in the young cattle shed. The winter coat makes them sweat very quickly.

“PINKEYE”: INFECTIOUS BOVINE KERATOCONJUNCTIVITIS (IBK) IN CATTLE  AND SMALL RUMINANTS
Handling with cattle · 07. September 2020
In summer we regularly see an inflammation of the eyelids and/or the cornea in young stock and cows (but also in small ruminants). This condition is called “Pinkeye”. It is usually caused by a bacterium (mainly Moraxella bovis). The infection pressure varies greatly from region to region.

THE INFLUENCE OF LIGHT ON MILK PRODUCTION IN YOUR COWS
Handling with cattle · 11. July 2020
Good lighting in combination with a good day / night rhythm in the cowshed is the basis for optimally performing cows. Lighting and day / night rhythm influence milk production between 6 to 10%.

LIGHT AT NIGHT, OR NO LIGHT IN THE COWSHED?
Handling with cattle · 07. July 2020
During a "nighttime inspection in the cowshed", it is useful for the farmer if there is night lighting. He sees less in the dark than his cattle!

PREVENTING HEAT STRESS IN COWS BY SPRAYING WATER AT THE FEED BARRIER
Handling with cattle · 12. June 2020
If the sprinklers are installed and used correctly, the visit to the feed barrier will be 25% higher on average. This has a positive effect on feed intake.

SOME TIPS TO PREVENT HEAT STRESS IN CATTLE
Handling with cattle · 20. May 2020
Cattle can tolerate the cold well, but the heat badly. Heat stress occurs when an animal is no longer able to regulate its body temperature due to high temperatures and humidity. Cattle like temperatures between -10 ° C and + 18 ° C. Higher than + 18 ° C is too warm.

HIGHER ANIMAL WELFARE STRENGTHENS THE ANIMAL IMMUNE SYSTEM (part 3)
Handling with cattle · 27. April 2020
I predict that cooling systems in cattle sheds will soon become standard equipment. My advice for renovation or new construction plans: take the installation of cooling capacity into account.

HIGHER ANIMAL WELFARE STRENGTHENS THE ANIMAL IMMUNE SYSTEM (part 2)
Handling with cattle · 21. April 2020
Many animal welfare problems, including chronic hunger (due to too little milk for the calves), premature weaning, thermal and physical disorders, are linked to a stress response.

HIGHER ANIMAL WELFARE STRENGTHENS THE ANIMAL IMMUNE SYSTEM (part 1)
Handling with cattle · 19. April 2020
As soon as animals are not kept and treated in an optimal and animal-friendly way for them, they experience stress.

START THE MEADOW SEASON WELL PREPARED
Handling with cattle · 31. March 2020
The cow's rumen has to get used to the spring grass. Fresh grass is not silage grass!

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