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Dairy Cattle Husbandry

Dairy Cattle Husbandry

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Published by: rengachen on Mar 28, 2009
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Animals react clearly to your movements and feelings. Regularity and
consistency are very important for the animals. Consistency means
that repeated actions are always done in the same way. The animal
will recognize these actions and in time it will become less frightened.

Approach the animals quietly and calmly, do not make sudden move-
ments and do not shout. If you use a calm and quiet voice the animals
will become more quiet. The animal also learns to recognize your
voice as you approach.

Touch the animal often so it will not be scared if you touch it by acci-
dent, or need to touch it. Try to get the animals used to people as soon
as possible. Do not change the people who tend the animals too often.

After a long period (of some weeks) inside the stable or when animals
are not used to going outside all animals will want to get out as
quickly as possible. The animals will behave restlessly. Be aware of
this and maybe ask for some extra help. The animals will calm down
after about 15 minutes.

Animals can be frightened suddenly by: snakes, a strange person, bit-
ing insects, other animals, buckets or other strange things. Calm the
animal down as soon as possible because it can hurt itself.

If you want to take the cow with you or put it somewhere alone, use a
firm rope and good knots.

Before milking you should put a rope around the cow's neck. Tie the
hind legs to each other so the cow cannot kick (hobbling). It also pre-
vents the cow from walking away. During milking it helps to give the
cow something to eat.

Dairy cattle husbandry


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