Change can be very stressful. We all know the common signs and symptoms of stress in people...agitated, loss of appetite (or if you are like me, the need for another bowl of ice cream), weight loss, lack of sleep, etc., but can you recognize the signs of stress in your cattle? Just like humans, each cow reacts differently to change and stressful situations. Part of our job as cattle farmers is to minimize the stress on our animals and to keep our cows as happy and comfortable as possible.
We are busy packing and making last minute preparations for our trip to the North American International Livestock Exhibition (NAILE) next week. We have devised a strategy to make the stressful trip and new situation as easy on the cows as possible. Here area a few tips to help keep your cows calm, eating, drinking and happy as can be.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.