As the rainy season approaches, it is important to start thinking about how you will care for your livestock. This includes making sure they have shelter from the elements, enough food and water, and are not exposed to too much mud and dirt. Keep reading for some tips on how to care for your livestock during the rainy season!
1) PROPER SHED FOR ANIMAL : Animals need shelter to protect themselves from heavy rainfall, winds and hailstorm. Always try to keep the roof of animal sheds leak-proof as well as clean. A dry, sheltered area will help them stay warm and dry, and will protect them from the elements.
2) PROPER DEWORMING : Deworming with one of several anthelmintic (wormers) approved for use in cattle is an effective preventive practice. Consult your veterinarian concerning strategic worming; timing the deworming to be the most cost effective.
3) NUTRIENT : Proper nutrition gives your animals the vigor to grow, develop, and reproduce, and strong immunity to fight off infections.
4) ADEQUATE FEED AND WATER: An adequate supply of quality water for dairy cattle is extremely important. Farmers typically provide cows with free access to fresh water at all times.
5) PROPER STORAGE OF FOOD : If you want to reduce feed loss, you must first make sure you’re storing the feed properly. The feed shouldn’t be stored where the sunlight can get to it. This will reduce the quality of the feed.
6) SPECIAL CARE OF LACTATING ANIMAL : Salt and mineral supplements should be given to maintain the lactation. Never frighten or excite the animals. Always treat them gently and with kindness. With proper feeding and care, a cow will come to heat within 16 days of calving.
7) KEEP AN EYE ON WATER LEVELS: Flooding can occur quickly during heavy rains, so it’s important to regularly check on rivers, streams, and other bodies of water near your farm. If you see that water levels are rising, take steps to move your animals to higher ground.
8) BE PREPARED FOR DISEASES: Wet conditions can lead to the spread of diseases like foot rot and pneumonia. To help prevent these illnesses, make sure your animals are vaccinated and have access to clean water.
9) MONITOR FEED AND HAY QUALITY: Moldy or Spoiled feed can make animals sick, so it’s important to regularly check the quality of hay and other feeds.
Livestock need special care during the rainy season. They are susceptible to diseases and parasites, so it is important to keep them clean and dry. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and a balanced diet, and watch for any signs of illness. With a little extra care, your livestock will stay healthy and happy all season long.