How to take care of your livestock during rainy season
The rains are here and its being greeted with mixed feelings because we have farmers who are grateful that the rains are here but we also have the category of farmers who are dreading the effect of the rain on their crops and livestock.
With this in mind, farmers must take the effort to secure the lives of their livestock.
Animals are particularly susceptible to sicknesses and diseases during this period due to cold, lack of warmth and sometimes even mistakenly feeding them grasses or feeds that are already moldy due to the weather can lead to more diseases.
Farmers must look out for:-
Leaking roofs should be fixed by now and if they haven’t it should be attended too immediately.
Leaking roofs contributes to animal’s discomfort, the water droppings from the roof can also lead to the production of ammonia which can affect the eyes of the animal and lead to irritation in the body.
Goats would need extra care and effort because of their hooves which must be kept away from water to avoid hooves rot diseases among goats.
Grass:- It is advisable just as earlier stated that grass fed to animals should be dried before been fed to livestock.
This is because during the rainy season grass have a lot of water retention in them and when animals feed directly on them, it leads to lot of water and little fibre.
Livestock animals need fibre for digestion hence it is advisable to dry the grasses before feeding them to reduce the water quantity.
With the rain comes increases in moisture which leads to the production of more bacteria the most common of which been worms.
Farmers should endeavor to de-worm their livestock because if not treated can lead to the performance of the animal.
De-worming must be done at the beginning of the rainy season and throughout the season because worms multiply more during this period.
Ticks are one of the most economically destabilizing cattle pests. When not treated, they have the capacity to suck a cow dry which eventually leads to death.
They also spread faster during the rainy season too.
This disease occurs more often during the rainy season. The udder swells and stops producing milk, when this occurs the animal is lost.
The good thing is that it can be treated using general antibiotics.
Are you aware of any more factors that farmers should look out for during this season? Tell us in the comment below.
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