Like any other animal whether a pet or livestock, taking care of them is harder than it looks. But don’t let that discourage you, it may not be so easy but it’s not impossible. Cattle raising could be very fun and fulfilling as long as you know what you are doing.Cattle, whether a Bull, a mature cow or a cub is a living thing, and living things have a lot of needs in order to survive. The first need that you can look into is their place to stay or their shelter. The cattle’s shelter should have good ventilation and should be dry, make sure it’s water proof. You can also build a run-in shed out in the fields, it a three-sided shelter that the cattle can go to in case it suddenly rains.
We all know that cows eat grass; their stomachs have four chambers that enable them to digest grass when other animals can’t. Their main dietary needs are hay and pasture. You can also add vitamins, salts as well as minerals, just make sure that they are in need of it. Since pasture is the main dietary need of the cattle, you have to make sure that the type of pasture that you are giving them are of good quality and of quantity that would be enough for them.Cattle need’s space for pasture, about two acres per animal. But if you don’t have enough pasture for your cattle to graze, you have to increment it. You can give them hay, or other cattle food that would supplement the lack. And remember, when you give them hay, make sure that it is dry, wet hay can lead to grave health problems, you can make sure that the storage place for your cattle food is dry.Cattle needs water, so you have to make sure that water is available to them whenever they need it. It is also practical that you but a water system, making sure that the cattle has water available to them all the time.
Cattles are easy to train. You just have to make them used to being handled and touch, you can do this the brushing and cleaning them daily. Make them get used to the presence of humans; this is necessary because it will be less-taxing to them as well as for you for veterinary visits as well as hoof-trimming days.Every animals when taking care f them needs time and attention, if you have them then all the rest is manageable, and of course, if you are a beginner in this endeavor, it’s always handy to get professional help.
If you are planning to raise cattle for farming or business purposes, you must determine first your purpose and what breed of cattle would you like to grow. Because each breed of cattle has different needs to attend to. If you don’t know the kind of cattle you have then it will be a big head ache for you.When you tend to raise cattle for beef industry your first problem is the adequacy of the area you are going to keep your cattle. The fact that human population is making land area congested thus giving a little space for farmers and livestock growers to raise their livestock it would then be a great trouble for you. Cattle need to graze and should be put in an open field. When I say open field it doesn’t mean that you can have just a few square meters of land area. It denotes hectares and hectares of land area. However when raising a cattle for farming land area is not an issue, farmers can just put their cattle at their backyard for fattening purposes.
Another mind boggling issue is the capital to sustain the cattle business. When you raise cattle for business you must see to it that you have an ample amount of money to sustain your business especially when you don’t have a hundred hectares for pasture. You need to buy feeds for them. Not just food but other supplementary needs of your cattle depending to the breed you got. Contrary to cattle business, cattle for farming do not need that much capital. Farmers will just look for hays and fresh grass to feed them.Weather is another factor a cattle raiser should take into account. Granting that the farmer has a vast land area for his cattle, the primary concern of the cattle grower is drought. Too much heat from the sun would destroy the grass which is the cattle’s basic food supply. Instead of minimizing operating expenses, cattle raiser would be forced to spend extra amount for feeds due to the scarcity of grass for the cattle to graze.
Disease and Parasites are also an issue that cattle growers burdened themselves. Disease like FMD (Foot and Mouth Disease), Mad Cow disease and other animal illness continue to be bothersome to livestock growers. Although there have been vaccines it still is a threat especially to small time cattle growers with limited capital.Hence a few of the contributing problems in cattle raising has been laid down, would be farmers and cattle growers should attend seminars and lectures governing this in order to be aware of the arising problems. Awareness is the key for a successful cattle raising business.