Current as of 2020-11-20 21:04:12 +0000
Cattle is moved every day - with some exceptions - to a different location. This helps with:
- avoidance of parasites that hang on to grass leafes
- better pasture growth (see pasture management)
The following are items that should be checked with each daily move:
- general health status that’s visible by looking at the animals
- any animal lacking behind the herd?
- abnormal behavior?
- seemingly sad looking?
- any injuries?
- waterer in the respective zone/sector is full and clean
- a salt/mineral block is available
- if a cow is pregnant, any sign that she will be calving soon
Observations should be reported either via Slack or in the animals or zones app.
Separation by sex and age
Cows and bulls are kept in separate areas to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Cows and calfs are kept together until weaning age. Then calfs should be separated from their mothers and are kept with the bulls given none of the bulls is aggressive. See details about weaning.
If keeping them with the bulls is not possible, the calves are kept as an additional herd.
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