NOT EATING OR WITHOUT FEED
There are a wide variety of reasons for not eating or cutting feed, which is often observed in dairy cattle. Dairy cattle are very sensitive animals; They choose feed very easily in the manger and they notice feed changes very easily. Apart from these, they cannot normally consume much feed for 1-2 weeks after calving. In some diseases (rumen acidity, ketosis), they are cut off.
Causes of Occurrence:
During the weaning period, cows with body fat as a result of overfeeding are weaned from feed and become ill (Ketosis), following calving. Increased rumen fullness as a result of feeding animals with large amounts of feed such as straw (silage) and adversely affecting feed consumption as a result, Feeding factory feeds in powder form in large quantities and deterioration of stomach acidity, SUDDEN FACTORY FEED CHANGES and feeding excessive amounts of feed in the first place, Feeding fodders and factory feeds such as spoiled, moldy, heated or frozen straw (silage), Withdrawal from feed due to heat stress in extremely hot weather, Not eating or cutting from feed observed as a result of microbial diseases,
Treatment and Prevention:
In cases of not eating or cutting from feed, the amount of feed consumed by animals should be reduced or divided into at least 2 portions per day and placed in front of the animal as fresh. Smelly baits should never be poured in front of animals. During the weaning period, the animals should not be overfed and ketosis should be prevented during the approaching milking period and they should consume adequate feed. The baits should not be too dusty or contaminated with foreign material. Alternative ration changes should be made as feed consumption will decrease in hot seasons. Clean water should always be available in front of animals. In cases of not eating food due to microbial diseases, a veterinarian should be consulted as soon as possible.
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