|Better Farming Series 11. Cattle Breeding (FAO, 1977, 63 p.)|
It is very important to feed cattle well.
An animal that is badly fed grows badly; does not produce much meat; does not produce good calves; is often ill.
A modern farmer pays attention to his animals' feeding.
He knows the needs (see Booklet No. 8, page 20) of all the animals in his herd.
He gives the cattle food to meet their needs and gives it regularly (see Booklet No. 8, page 23).
He knows too that all the animals in the herd do not use their food in the same way.
He knows that one ox in his herd gains weight faster than the others. He knows that this ox makes better use of the food given to it.
A cow which is expecting a calf gets more food. It has a pregnancy requirement (see Booklet No. 8, page 21).
A working ox also needs more food. It has a production requirement (see Booklet No. 8, page 20).