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Creating the Proper Shelter for Your Cattle

Properly sheltering your cattle is one of the keys to ensuring the long health and safety of your cattle. Several things must be considered when creating a shelter for your cattle. These include:

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Preventing Injury When Handling Cattle

While cattle are not typically aggressive animals, it is important to keep in mind that they are very strong and can very easily cause injury if handled incorrectly. As with any large animal, it is important to be very careful when working with your cattle. Some natural movements to watch for that can result in accidental injury when around cattle include:

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The Three Basics of Caring for Cattle

Caring for your cows requires taking care of some very basic nutritional needs.

Water

Fresh water must be available for cattle at all times. Generally speaking, a mature cow will consume between 30 to 70 liters of water every day. Therefore, you need to be sure to have a container that is large enough to handle that amount of water.

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Tips for Mentally Stimulating Your Horse

Just as is the case with humans, horses need to have plenty of mental stimulation in order to remain happy. In fact, a bored horse is also more prone to becoming ill and engaging in negative behavior that can lead to injury. Therefore, it is important for you to find ways to provide your horse with mental stimulation in order to prevent boredom from setting in.

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Creating a Safe Environment for Your Horse

Creating a safe environment for your horse is an essential part of keeping it healthy. While you may never be able to prevent every type of accident from happening, you can certainly help to reduce the likelihood while always remaining alert to potential dangers.

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Keeping Your Horse Healthy with the Right Hay

When caring for your horse, the type of feed that you provide is an essential part of keeping it healthy. This includes being sure to provide high-quality hay while also offering other feeding options other than hay.

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The Importance of Providing Your Horse with Grazing Time

As a horse owner, one of the most important things you can do to keep your horse healthy and happy is to give it ample time and opportunity to graze. Not only does grazing provide your horse with a more balanced diet, but it also helps your horse get the exercise that it needs to stay healthy.

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Keeping Your Horse Happy with Ample Social Time

As we continue to deal with the pandemic and stay at home orders, many are fully realizing just how important it is to be able to maintain a social life. Just as with humans, the same is true for your horse! In fact, if you want your horse to stay happy and healthy, it is absolutely essential that you find opportunity for it to enjoy a social life.

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Exploring the Importance of Movement for Your Horse

When caring for a horse, there are several steps you need to take to ensure it remains healthy. While most horse owners are fully aware that they need to make sure their horse eats properly, gets fresh water and stays safe from nasty weather elements, some may fail to recognize the importance of providing for opportunities for movement.

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Recognizing Heat Stress in Beef Cattle: Part 3 of 3

In addition to the many visible signs associated with heat stress in beef cattle, there are also several invisible signs and effects of heat stress. While they are not visible to the eye, wellness checks may show these signs through various forms of testing.

Some of the invisible signs of heat stress in beef cattle include:

  • Indigestibility of feed
  • Increased peripheral blood flow
  • Increased respiratory infections
  • Increased susceptibility to parasitic and non-parasitic diseases
  • Loss of bicarbonates
  • Loss of electrolytes
  • Lower ruminal pH
  • Reduced response to intercurrent diseases or pathogens
  • Slowed gut and ruminal motility rates, resulting in slow passage of feed through the digestive tract
  • Slowed recovery from environmental stresses
  • Stress hormones in the blood

Heat stress can also affect the reproduction of beef cattle. Not only can it alter the production of the reproductive hormones that are essential for pregnancy, but it can also change the balance of developing follicles in the ovary. Embryonic development can also be affected while gene function is disturbed. Lower conception rates and lower fertility in bulls is also associated with heat stress, as are increased foetal and postnatal mortality rates. 

By closely monitoring the health and the activity of your cattle, you can better ensure they are not suffering from heat stress and its negative – even possibly fatal – effects.

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