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The stable: well-being and comfort in winter

Here are some simple and obvious steps but that is always good to remember and that we must apply to keep and feed a dairy cow during the winter. We will also see which officinal plants we can use in aid.

  • Ensure that the cow always has access to an adequate amount of quality forage, such as hay or dried grass, to ensure a balanced diet and stable milk production.

  • Make sure the water is always fresh and clean, as cows need plenty of water to digest the forage and produce milk.e.

  • Keep the stable dry and well ventilated to avoid breathing problems. Make sure the barn is well ventilated to prevent moisture formation and the proliferation of bacteria and mold.

  • Consider using a micro thermoregulation system to keep the barn at a comfortable temperature for the cows. Properly insulating the barn to maintain a constant and comfortable temperature inside is definitely a determining factor for animal welfare and increased productivity.

  • Use non-slip floors to prevent injury to cows with an adequate drainage system to avoid puddles inside the barn.

  • Use a suitable lighting system to ensure good vision inside the barn.

  • Ensure that cows have access to a dry, sheltered area to rest and escape the weather.

  • Constantly monitor the stable to identify and promptly resolve any hygiene and comfort problems of the animals.

  • Constantly monitor the health of the cows, consulting your veterinarian if you notice any particular problems.

  • Consider using a vitamin-mineral or nutraceutical supplement to help the cow have a balanced diet.

Let’s see now some herbs and medicinal plants that can be used as a supplement to the ration to fortify dairy cows, during the winter period:

  • Astragalus: is a toning root that helps strengthen the immune system and improve disease resistance.

  • Eleutherococcus: is an adaptogenic root that helps to improve stress resistance and increase milk production.

  • Echinacea: is a plant that helps to strengthen the immune system and prevent respiratory infections.

  • Nettle: it is a herb rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins that helps to improve the quality of milk and the health of the cow.

  • Valerian: is a plant that helps reduce stress and improve sleep.

  • Agrimonia: is a herb that helps improve digestion and increase milk production.

It is important to note that these herbs and medicinal plants can only be used as a supplement and not as a replacement for even a part of the cow’s main feed.

It is important to consult your veterinarian before introducing them into the diet because they may have interactions with any medications that the cow is already taking or may not be suitable for the specific conditions of the stable or herd. #dottgianandreaguidetti

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