牧场在牛群膨胀

吃完干草整个冬天后,第一次将牛在牧场上转过来,牛会很棒。他们会吮吸郁郁葱葱的绿色牧草,就像他们的最后一餐一样。不幸的是,它可能是。

一种叫做“膨胀”的条件当天然气从吃高蛋白质饲料时发生。泡沫被困在瘤胃内,瘤胃肿胀,如果未治疗,可以在一个小时内杀死动物。

David Fernandez是一个延伸牲畜专家欧宝黑网阿肯色州大学。他说,防止臃肿的一个钥匙是喂养动物在新的牧场上射出之前的纤维。

"Go ahead and feed them some hay, make sure that they’ve had their morning fill, and then turn them out and let them start grazing on it. Don’t let them have it all at once. You can limit-graze them where you turn them out on the pasture for a little bit and then push them back off of it," says Fernandez. "Just kind of gradually work them onto that over the period of a week or so."

一种发展膨胀的动物将在其身体的左侧肿胀。他们会显然不舒服,踢他们的肚子,踩踏脚,可以磨牙。

Fernandez说,如果您怀疑膨胀,请在动物的左侧点击手指。它会听起来像鼓。立即用表面活性剂对待它以分解泡沫的表面张力。

"Bloat Guard is one of the products that’s used, basically it’s a nonionic surfactant, and that’s also a detergent. In a pinch you can use Dawn dishwashing liquid. A couple ounces of Dawn dishwashing liquid in maybe a pint of water, get that down into the rumen through a tube," he says. "You have to be careful not to get the fluid down into the lungs but that surfactant will break up the foam, and allow that gas to escape."