The nuances of caring for livestock can be intimidating, especially if you're concerned with your animals' health and keeping costs low. Being able to balance your livestock's health with your budget can be worrisome, but learning a few tips and tricks can make your worries lighter. Whether you're looking for new ways to care for your herd or looking for ways to care for an increasing herd it pays to know what tools are available to you.
1. Storing Your Feed
Storing your feed properly is one of the first steps you can take to maintaining a profitable herd. Avoid storing hay in the same barn as your livestock. You may think it's convenient, but if you keep a lot of animals in one barn their bodies give off heat. This heat causes condensation to form in the barn and that condensation can rain from the barn's ceiling onto your hay. As the condensation hits your hay it can cause mold to form, which is toxic to your animals. The condensation can also cause your hay to combust and burn your barn down faster than you can blink.
2. Feeding Your Livestock
When trying to fine-tune how you feed your livestock, you should start with the calcium-phosphorus ratio. The calcium-phosphorus ratio is the proportion of calcium to phosphorus in order to maintain your livestock's muscular and skeletal systems. Many problems that occur in the health of livestock have to do with mismanagement of the calcium-phosphorus ratio in their feed. One way to combat the mismanagement of this ratio is to use animal feed processing equipment.
Feed processing equipment will ensure that your livestock is fed accurately to maintain their growth rates and health. This equipment can also apply coatings to your livestock's feed to help prevent mold. Feeding your livestock the right food when they need it will also help to keep costs down and prevent overfeeding.
3. Watering Tips And Solutions
Livestock requires a lot of water, and that water has a direct impact on how much feed they need. Much like their food needs, their watering needs will change based on the weather. If you live in a cold climate, watering your livestock in the winter can be incredibly difficult. First, your livestock will need water at a temperature that entices them to drink. Your animals may have specific preferences, but many livestock are happy if their water is around the 37°F mark. To achieve this, you may want to look at heated watering solutions. Heated waterers can be expensive, but it really beats bringing fresh water to your herd.
If your livestock consumes water close to the freezing mark, it can cause them to consume more feed. A healthy, dry animal will require one percent more feed for every degree below your livestock's lowest critical environmental temperature.
Fine-tuning your livestock care routine can be intimidating. However, with careful research and planning, you can create a care program that works for both you and your animals. Be sure to slowly adjust one part of your livestock's care so that you may observe the results. For more information on healthy cattle feed, contact your local feed supply store.