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5 Health Challenges Every Livestock Keeper Must Be Able to Face

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The human appetite for dairy products is wreaking havoc on the environment.

Global warming is infrequently, if ever, associated with the environmental consequences of focused livestock farming in the mainstream media spotlight, industry-backed science and research, and, maybe most shockingly, in the psyches of the world’s decision-makers. Even though the link is now irrefutable. According to new research, the cattle industry accounts for nearly 37% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Livestock animals get sick and tired just like humans. And they are entitled to the proper care and treatment to recover. Every livestock farmer understands that caring for animals is more than just a full-time job; it’s a long-term dedication to their well-being and hygiene.

Livestock now takes up approximately 45 percent of the world’s total surface area. The Amazon would not be the only old forest set ablaze so that the world can eat beef if current forest loss rates continue. Vital ecosystems will be extensively targeted in the coming years to meet the growing global consumption of meat, which the FAO predicts will increase by 73 percent from 2010 and 2050.

Common issues with these resources include wide variations in supply and accessibility, as well as seasonal shortages, which have continuously been identified as the most significant restriction to livestock production in underdeveloped nations. During the wet season, feed resources are usually plentiful and of good quality.

Nonetheless, during the late dry season (March to May) and the beginning of the rainy season, feed shortage is a major issue. As a result, addressing the feed issue can significantly boost livestock productivity. Livestock will keep relying on feed ingredients from deforested land and crop residue notwithstanding the reduction in the size of pasture and cultivated area areas for growing crops.

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There are some more unexpected animal health challenges of livestock that can be triggered by delays in vaccination, illnesses, plant toxic effects, poisonous snakes, torrential rainfall, and extreme heat, which account for roughly 20% of losses inflicted by livestock farmers across the world. Trying to run away from some of the losses described above is challenging. Vets and livestock health professionals work to keep herds healthy, and farmers’ support helps to keep livestock generally healthy. As a result, we have arrived at the heart of the matter of today’s discussion, the hurdles that livestock face throughout their lives.

Owing to these occurrences, one in every five animals is ruined.

Animal medicines are assisting many farmers around the world in preventing the loss of animals daily. To encourage the well-being of the animals in their treatment, these medications work hand in hand with farmers’ careful pest control and veterinarians’ expert knowledge.

Medications relieve the animal’s instant hardship, increase healthy performance, and reduce the number of animals lost to illness. They aid in the protection of farmers’ living standards and the livelihoods of the many thousands of people who rely on livestock from around the globe.

However, there is still work to be done. The great challenge for farmers, veterinarians, and animal medication providers is the 20% of animals are lost to treatable illness. We must also be watchful against existing and growing diseases, in addition to promoting more vaccination and precautionary medications. To remain on top, this means developing new ways and tricks to treat them on a regular basis.

Diseases are constantly evolving, necessitating the development of new, medical devices to combat each major threat to animal welfare.

Let’s dig into challenges that make animals lose their lives and every livestock keeper has to go through with this.

1. Weaker Animals More Prone to Infections

Not vaccinating farm animals can be costly to a farmer because the weaker animals, such as early age, ill, and elderly animals, are more likely to suffer the effects, allowing the virus to disperse. Following vaccination routines benefit both stronger and weaker animals, ensuring that no one is left behind, especially when it comes to reacting to unexpected and possibly fatal infections. As a result, consulting a vet is frequently recommended.

2. Poor Hydration and Nutrition during Drought

Even though weather forecasters may predict low rainfall for the coming season, farmers may be caught off guard by drought, leading to poorly hydration and malnutrition in animals. When farmers are caught by surprise, they are frequently compelled to liquidate nearly half of their livestock to buy feed supplies and equipment from the residual animals. Drought is linked to harsh climatic conditions, such as high humidity.

While a substantial percentage of the animals survive and prosper in this ordeal, the majority wither and die.

3. Poor Hygiene due to Poor Quality Water

Animal welfare compliance is heavily influenced by the accessibility of clean water on a ranch. Farms may be closed if farm investigators or animal protection activist groups discover poor water resources or a total absence of hygienic practices. On a ranch, there must be key strategic and well-kept drinking areas.

4. Bites from snakes

They are difficult to control because they can happen on the normal range while cattle are eating grass. Some livestock may continue to survive, while others may starve to death, depends entirely on the toxic effects of the snake bite. In most areas, there are various examples of snake bite-related damages.

5. Malnutrition

Malnutrition is a common consequence of underfeeding farm animals. Feed experts are designed to help here, as they can recommend new farmers on what to do next, what to feed their livestock from birth to adulthood. As a result, workshops and online platforms aid in the understanding of how to implement various feed programs that farmers can potentially benefit from.

If any of these things happen or continue to happen, you will have to sterilize a portion of the herd.

Culling is the process of removing underperforming animals from the herd as a whole. This decreases the cost such as feed, medicine, and so on. Incredibly weak animals due to illness, especially low milk yield in cows, and a stir up that farrows far fewer piglets than others are all instances of living creatures to cull.

Moreover, culling is one of the managerial decisions that can be made based on farm records assessment. Begin now if you don’t have any track of records; it is not too late.

Finally, a sustainable herd is important and valuable to a farmer. As a result, develop effective animal husbandry on a regular basis.

About Folio3 AgTech Practice

Folio3 is a Silicon Valley based Digital Transformation partner for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies with a special focus on digitization of Agriculture, Production and Companion Animal industry. Having worked with some of the world’s leading animal health companies, cattle associations, cow-calf operators, cattle feeders, beef processors and beef marketing companies, we have the design and development expertise required to help you digitize your manual procedures and practices, whether you’re a farm or a ranch owner, veterinarian, feedlot manager, nutritionist, or processing plant owner, we have got you covered.

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