Cows and calves need a resting area

Cows and calves need a resting area

Julius is one of our CowSignals Master trainers introducing CowSignals to Tanzania. He's bringing new knowledge and insights to local farmers. One of the things he pointed out here is the importance of a resting area for cows and calves, as almost all the places were wet. Julius also talks about feeding, calf management and the plannning of good barns - think for example floors, a good feeding table and laying area.

Julius likes to challenge you to have a look as well. Looking at these pictures, what other advice could we give here?

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We have a lot of respect for farmers who open themselves up for advice and new ideas. Julius is an excellent trainer who can help you keep your cows healhty, increase milk production and give you more working pleasure.

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Comments (13)

Mohamed nour

This cows has enough grsss
But the hose is very poor and no please for rest
No enough water for drinking there is lameness poor
Management
All this can be corrected easy

Esther

To keep it better clean, it looks very slippery and wet... better drainage. Then when that is done put some of the greenery outside inside the stable. Then provide water and food, either a system or just in a gutter or something. And a place with a roof so they don't need to stand in the sun. That are first things I would take care after.

George

Housing very poor. Waste of concrete, in unnecessary high walls, poor ventilation under these conditions and implicit high humidity

Maria

First question: does the farm have enough space for pasture grazing?

From the 5th picture, I'm assuming the main forage is Napier or elephant grass. Suitable for cut and carry. But that requires additional labor. If the farm has enough space for grazing rotation (no tie-ropes needed), the farmer can use shorter but better quality grass like mulato II and/or mombasa with legumes. Then the cows can spend more time in the pasture, eating grass and dropping manure in the field rather than in the barn.

Ken schnare

Need to ask the Why before answering the Why not. Such as why is the concrete wall so high? Security? Predators? Theft ? If the Why answers are not important then the why not solutions are simple.

Wilbert

in my opinion the most important thing is to give them a dry place to lay down, then they can eat, rest and they can have enough rumination.
for shore, they need always enough good silage en fresh water.
the second thing i would advice is to raise the walls, so the cows can look at the surroundings and the other livestock.

Tom

Wilbert wrote:
in my opinion the most important thing is to give them a dry place to lay down, then they can eat, rest and they can have enough rumination.
for shore, they need always enough good silage en fresh water.
the second thing i would advice is to raise the walls, so the cows can look at the surroundings and the other livestock.

Julius Shoo

Ken schnare wrote:
Need to ask the Why before answering the Why not. Such as why is the concrete wall so high? Security? Predators? Theft ? If the Why answers are not important then the why not solutions are simple.

Basicallt the main issue here is security but I believe still the farmer can reduce the height of walls, this is what I will recommend to him!

Julius Shoo

Thank you all for your valuable comments we take them and these will be shared with the farmer and also used in the future to others farms!

Cheers!

JAYEBAM

The farmer should work more on keeping the environment clean and make provision for soft bedding in order to increase resting time. Its also important to bring down the wall for cross ventilation.

ALBERTO BECERRA

SEPARATE FAT COWS FROM POOR COWS, LET THE THING COWS EAT FIRST. GIVE THEM WATER ACCESS AT FEEDING TIME IT WILL INCREASE
FEED INTAKE AS WELL AS PRODUCTION. HE COULD PUT THE COWS OUT SIDE ON THE GRASS WITH SHADE AND WATER. THE CALF COULD EAT BETTER QUALITY FEED. THE GRASS IS TU MATURE.

Joep Driessen

Great comments all! And compliments for Julius for the interesting blog, great was to put everyone to work :)

Christina

Is hard to get the big picture but it looks like they might do better going without dairy and think of other crops that can be made into milk substitutes: rice soy etc
With cows in that condition what is the payback and where is the economic line in general?

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