Show Cattle Care at Home During COVID

Taking care of Show Cattle at home during COVID

Amid these days of the pandemic, we’re all staying safe at home, and have a good share of time to be with our show cattle, there is a lot of routine involvement we can develop to blend in with them, which will help us get better results while taking them to exhibitions.

One should be well-learned before registering for a show cattle, and it takes a lot of commitment, time, practice, planning, and above all a connection with your cattle. Apart from grooming, guidance, and training, you should know your animal, the understanding is a must. All the cattle are not the same, and they do carry different personalities and ask for improvement in various manners at various levels, a similar regimen won’t help them completely. Be the judge, and analyze the potential enhancements.

“Success in the showing starts with the cattle’s conformation, but is achieved with consistent hard work and daily care to get the cattle where they need to be at the show,” says Bob May, Purina Honor Show Ambassador from Mineral Point, Wis.

Here are few tips on spending quality time with you cattle:

1.       Development of faith

Your show cattle will follow you with the directions, but they need to trust you before that. It’s a slow, timely, and process that requires patience, it’ll come from being there for them. Be with them, stay around daily, caress them, and let them know you.

2.       Keeping a check

One should know the health history of the cattle. Despite getting them vaccinated at their arrival, planning all the health protocols, you should always keep a check on their health in smaller intervals, and have a veterinarian in connect.  Even in the need for Halter Breaking.

3.       A Diet to care

The calves will eat every day, and whenever they’ll feel like, but this inconsistency will never help them develop. Feed them routinely, they like the consistency, and feed them in portion. Always, know how much they’re being fed on, and the portion shouldn’t be too much or too less. The pre-fed food should be removed from the area, in order to maintain a balance. Your calf needs a certain amount only. And balance the water cool, clean, and accessible to them, cool and clean water will keep them drinking and eating on summer days as well, despite a drop in consumption. You can always get your feeding plan here.

4.       Hair cleaning and shedding

The calves have a hair growth cycle of 90 days, your show calf will be ready by the exhibition if you shred him three to three-and-a-half months prior. Before shedding know about your breed, or you can always consult us on grooming them. Some don’t require shedding, while few breeds come with a mandate. With all your quality time, you can always use a shedding comb, it works best with dirty and dusty hair, avoid it when they’re wet or caked with manure.

5.       Trimming Hoof

You are not supposed to trim them, it requires practice and professionalism, and a tiny mistake can invite medical issues. It’s not just the top, it’s more underneath. Consult us for assistance.

6.       They’re us 

The Thumb rule of managing space is the same as humans if it’s wet and dirty, it needs cleaning. A neat and tidy space makes it easy for both of you in the pen or cooler room.

7.       Play and Train

With all the time you’ve got to spend, spend it into playing, where to train them with things. Get them into walking with you, stopping with you, doing things with their feet at cues, we’re always a contact away, to assist you.

Your time and efforts will bring you closer to your calf, will help you in caring for them, while always getting them ready for the cattle show, to be a competitor and a champion. You can always step forward and become a donor

Keep rubbing the belly, they’ll love you more!!!