Keeping Livestock Animals Healthy

The best thing you can do for your livestock animals is to keep them healthy by providing them with preventative care. Obviously, clean water, appropriate feed, and a healthy environment are essential. These necessary items let livestock eat, rest and grow naturally. However, there are a lot of other preventative measures you can take to ensure your animals are healthy and productive.

Vaccinate. Animals can be vaccinated on a regular basis to prevent diseases. Work regularly with a veterinarian who will help you with the administration of the vaccines to the animals and who would also keep you up to date with the latest vaccines. You can also deworm regularly to prevent your animals from getting parasites.

Protect their feet. Livestock needs their hooves to be trimmed regularly. This helps to prevent lameness, protect hooves from wear and tear, also catch possible infections. Handle with care. Always be calm and gentle with your animals. Being impatient can make them nervous and negatively affect productivity and may also cause more sickness. Young animals need extra care while they are adjusting to their environment. Be sure to provide clean water and a dry place for them to sleep.

Dock and dehorn. Sometimes it’s best to dehorn cattle, goats or sheep in order to protect other animals and yourself from getting injured.

Work with the professionals. Keep the local numbers for a veterinarian and nutritionist nearby. Veterinarians help make decisions on how to best care for animals while nutritionists formulate diets for proper growth and development. In conclusion, pay close attention to your animals every day in case of any changes from the animal. Separate sick animals from the rest of the flock and treat them immediately. Doing all of these things will help ensure your farm animals stay healthy and your operation remains productive.