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close this bookBetter Farming Series 11- Cattle Breeding (FAO - INADES, 1977, 63 p.)
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View the documentPreface
View the documentCattle breeding means wealth
View the documentA few words to understand the course
close this folderFeeding cattle
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View the documentHow cattle feed
close this folderHow to feed cattle
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View the documentImproving pasture
View the documentStoring grass
View the documentMineral supplements
View the documentDaily requirements of cattle in feed units and protein
View the documentWatering cattle
View the documentHow to feed calves
close this folderLooking after cattle
View the documentAnimals must be watched
View the documentHow to watch over animals
View the documentHousing animals
close this folderThe health of the herd
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View the documentDiseases
View the documentCattle must be vaccinated
View the documentHow to take care of wounds
View the documentWhat to do about parasites
close this folderHow cattle reproduce
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View the documentThe reproductive systems
View the documentPregnancy and birth
View the documentAge of breeding animals
View the documentCastrating bulls
View the documentChoosing breeding animals
View the documentHow to know your herd
close this folderWhat cattle produce
View the documentMeat production
View the documentMilk production
close this folderOrganizing sales
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View the documentFarmers' groups

Animals must be watched

A farmer who leaves his animals to roam freely, who does not watch them, has not much work to do.

But his cattle:

· do not make good use of the grass. They eat the good grasses first and leave the poor ones. The good grasses are always eaten before they make seeds, and so they cannot multiply. On the other hand, the poor grasses which are not eaten grow well and make many seeds. So they multiply and the pasture becomes poor.

· may have accidents and get diseases. They may go near streams where they are bitten by tsetse flies and catch sleeping sickness. If an animal is bitten by a snake or has some accident, nobody knows about it, and nobody looks after the animal. The oxen can also be stolen more easily.

· damage crops. To prevent animals from damaging crops, fields must be surrounded by fences, or else fields a long way from the village must be farmed. Then the farmer loses a lot of time going to his fields.