|Better Farming Series 11. Cattle Breeding (FAO, 1977, 63 p.)|
|Looking after cattle|
|The health of the herd|
The wounds of animals need to be attended to carefully.
If you see an ox or a cow that has difficulty in walking (that limps), that bleeds after a fight with another animal, or that has hurt itself, lose no time in looking after it.
If you wait, the wound may get worse. It may get infected.
An infected wound does not heal quickly. It may prevent the animal from walking, from going to the pasture, from working and from giving milk. A cow in pain gives less milk.
Find out how the animal got hurt.
Has it a thorn in its foot?
Has a piece of wood or iron torn the skin?
Has the rope, the collar or the yoke rubbed too much, or has it been too tight?
Is there a vicious animal in the herd?
Once you have discovered how the animal got hurt, remove whatever has caused the wound. Do not work the animal; it is better to lose a few days' work than to lose the animal.
Take care of the wound.
Clean the wound with hot water.
Add to the water some disinfectant that will prevent the wound from becoming more infected.
A wound that is always kept clean heals quickly.
So wash the wound often.