Proper care of Newly Bought Feeder Cows
Bonnard L. Moseley, DVM
College of Veterinary Treatments, University of Missouri-Columbia Homer B. Sewell
Department of Animal Savoir, University of Missouri-Columbia ________________________________________
The way cattle are dealt with shortly ahead of loading, during hauling, plus the first 2 weeks in the feedlot has a wonderful influence within the overall performance of feedlot cows. There is no one program that will give greatest results for all feeder cattle, nor will the same benefits occur every year. " Cattle sense" is definitely developed by close observation and experience. Keep records on each bunch of cows. These records will be useful in assisting you to provide the many practical and economical program for the next number of incoming cattle. Develop a plan that fits your procedure and area. Post mortem examinations are worthwhile in ascertaining problems. The effects should be considered pertaining to future health and management courses. The following are general guidelines that ought to be helpful to you in choosing how to handle recently purchased feeder cattle. Concerns before order
1 . Disease and parasite problems are even more apt to happen, and with greater intensity, in lower legs under 4 hundred pounds. 2 . Bunching of cattle from several groupings is good to the advantages and spread of conditions and parasitic organisms. 3. Preconditioned calves usually are less likely to develop disease. four. If possible, secure a history of vaccinations and also other pertinent information on cattle that are to be bought. 5. Steer clear of purchasing ill calves or those encountered with sick cows. Reducing anxiety from shipment
1 . If you have any doubt about the health of cattle, take the body temperature ahead of loading. It truly is more economical to deal with feverish cows and to hold off shipment. 2 . Insist that cattle will be assembled and held for shipment for the shortest period of time likely. 3. Steer clear of overcrowding cows during carrying. Overcrowding produces excitement, falling and dropping. Calves evaluating 500 pounds should have about 8 sq ft of floor area each. 5. Trucks that contain wooden flooring surfaces should be bedded with yellow sand, or hay and crushed stone, to help prevent slipping and falling. Hay should be employed in trucks that have aluminum floors in order to absorb excess wetness. 5. Avoid using electric prods. Handle cattle as softly as possible once loading and unloading. Virtually any excitement is usually stressful. 6th. Buyers should insist that cattle always be trucked coming from point of origin to feed yard in the quickest time practical. Two motorists on extended hauls has been demonstrated to reduce morbidity and fatality after appearance at feedlot. Managing fresh arrivals
1 . Thoroughly clean and repair great deal and equipment for new cattle. Repair fences and complete mud holes. Remove wire, stones and other objects. These measures will need to reduce ft . injuries and foot rot problems. 2 . Provide unloading facilities and chutes therefore cattle are handled with least amount of anxiety. Chutes ought to be no more than twenty four inches in width for cows up to you, 000 pounds. Avoid regular handling or movement of cattle until they have retrieved from tension of transport. 3. A tiny lot needs to be provided for treatment and solitude of animals that are sick. Individual, easily cleaned nourish and normal water containers ought to be available. The lot should have a squeeze gate or some method to inhibit animals to get examination and treatment. some. Keep pets from distinct sources separated as much as possible. Fresh arrivals should be penned apart from cattle previously in the whole lot and held from having the same drinking water or consuming from the same bunk. five. Observe cattle frequently with a range before family pets are turned on. 6. Watch out for cattle that fail to eat, appear tired or show other signs of illness. six. Take sick animals to sick pen to get diagnosis and possible treatment by or perhaps upon tips of a vet. 8. Have body conditions. Treat cows with temperatures over ciento tres. 5 deg F. A temperature height is often...