Managing Mud in The Feedlot
As we proceed further into the raining season moisture and the rains combine with what’s already on the ground to create mud in the feedlot and in most cases the markets were the livestock is sold.
Cattle, in general, don’t deal well with the mud. They’re large, heavy animals and when you weigh as much as a cow weighs, walking through a few inches of mud gets tiring after a while.
The continuous tiring walk of the cow through the mud will, in the long run, affect their productivity.
“That’s going to impact how often they feed, how often they drink. Once the mud starts getting up to their fetlocks, then it becomes discouraging.
And as this happens we see that
- It’s sapping some of their energy just trying to wade through it
- They get tired of doing it so their amount of feed consumption gradually decreases which leads to a weight drop.
Therefore, be sure there is a firm surface for the cows to stand on particularly around the feed troughs. On-going maintenance of the feedlot is key to managing the mud.
Also, repair the holes where the cattle have dug in so that mud and water does not flow and sit there.
Keep in mind that Mud can also create health issues. It carries pathogens that can give cattle hoof problems such as foot rot.Share