Animal HusbandryAnimal Science Centre, Anand Agricultural University
Take Care of Your Livestock during Floods
Floods cause severe health issues among humans and livestock. Cattle are more inclined to be attacked by dangerous insects, snakes, etc. when flood rate increases. Livestock ceases to die of starvation if enough water and fodder is inaccessible for a prolonged period of time. For such a purpose, significant instructions for the care of cattle are stated below.
Measures for livestock protection:
• Do not bind cattle, keep them free.
• Take animals to a high and safe place instantly during flooding in the region.
• Make complete management of dry fodder and water at that location while moving animals.
Follow these precautions after floods are over:
• Ensure that the cattle do not drink dirty water.
• If cattle demonstrate signs of pneumonia, diarrhoea, and skin diseases from flood, contact the veterinary officer from the nearby veterinary hospital.
• Contact Gram Panchayat for immediate registration of deceased livestock. The livestock body's post-mortem should also be performed by the local veterinary officer so that there is no difficulty in acquiring government assistance.
• Only after receiving directions from the local authority on flood ending, move the cattle to their original place.
• If the dry fodder is not too moist due to rain, feed some of these fodder to the cattle after drying. If it's too moist, remove it.
Source: Animal Science Centre, Anand Agricultural University
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