Cattle

Cattle Cooling Tank

Holly Standing In Water Tank

The 50 gallon water tank in the heifer pasture never stays clean. That’s because Holly insists on standing in it. She’s positively incorrigible. No sooner is the water tank sprayed out, cleaned and refilled – then she immediately hops back in. Black cattle and cattle with a greater muscle mass seem to be more sensitive…

Horns on Cattle – The Horned, De-Horned & Naturally Polled

erry Cow With Young Calf

The first or second thing most farm visitors notice about our older Kerry cows are their horns. It’s understandable. Horns were what I initially noticed about Kerry cattle the first time I saw them too. From a farmer’s point of view, horns in livestock can be a source of trouble. Horned cattle are more dangerous…

From Bottle To Bucket Then Back To Bottle Again

Mistletoe One Month

Mistletoe is a purebred Kerry heifer calf. She was born 2 days before Christmas and was orphaned at birth. Her mother was one of my older Kerry cows and died from a prolapsed uterus just a few hours after she was born. Like most Kerry calves, Mistletoe is very healthy and very vocal. I’ve noticed…

Fly Control in Pastured Cattle

Josie With Flies

Here in western Pennsylvania summertime means fly season for folks who raise cattle. Because cattle produce so much manure fly populations can be hard to manage even when cattle are kept in open pasture and not confined. Heavy fly infestations in cattle can be a real animal welfare headache. That’s because flies bite, suck blood;…

Bottle Jaw & The 4 Steps To Worming Sheep, Cattle & Goats

Bottle Jaw

Bottle jaw is the vernacular term given to pendulous lower jaw swelling in sheep, cattle and goats. The swelling is a soft tissue edema cause by anemia that is characteristic in animals that are carrying a heavy load of blood sucking internal parasites – better known as worms. Most often in sheep the worms are…