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Common Mistakes Made by Farmers While Rearing Cattle

As easy as it is to breed cows, there are many common mistakes that farmers and ranchers make when rearing cattle. Here are some of them.

Shubhi Singh
Rearing unsuitable breeds of cattle can be a costly mistake as they may not thrive in the local climate or environment
Rearing unsuitable breeds of cattle can be a costly mistake as they may not thrive in the local climate or environment

These small mistakes can have serious consequences for the health and well-being of animals. By avoiding these mistakes, farmers and ranchers can help ensure that their cattle are happy, healthy, and productive.

Some of the most common mistakes include:

Lack of veterinary care and consultation

Buying cows without consulting a qualified veterinarian can be a major mistake, as cows can be prone to various health issues and diseases. Failing to seek the advice of a veterinarian can result in the purchase of cows that are unhealthy or have pre-existing conditions, leading to costly medical bills and the potential loss of the animal.

Inadequate sheltering

Keeping cows in inappropriate structures can lead to negative impacts on their health and well-being. It is a mistake to confine cows to structures that do not provide adequate space, ventilation, or protection from the elements.

Poor hygiene

Keeping the living environment of the cattle clean and sanitary is essential for preventing the spread of disease. If the living area is dirty and unsanitary, the cattle are more likely to get sick.

Breeding unsuitable breeds of cattle

Rearing unsuitable breeds of cattle can be a costly mistake as they may not thrive in the local climate or environment. Additionally, they may not produce the desired results in terms of milk or meat production, leading to financial losses for the farmer.

Not keeping proper records

Poor record-keeping is a mistake that can lead to serious consequences for businesses. It can result in lost or mismanaged data, incorrect financial reporting, and decreased efficiency.

Feeding cattle little to no dry matter

Feeding cattle fresh green fodder and a little dry matter can be a mistake because it may not provide enough nutrients to support the animal's health and growth. Dry matter, such as hay or grains, is necessary to provide adequate protein and energy for the cow's body to function properly. Without a balance of both types of feed, the cow may suffer from malnutrition and other health problems.

Giving your cattle drugs on your own

Administering drugs to cattle on your own can be a mistake as it may result in incorrect dosage or missed doses, leading to potential health issues for the animals. It is important to consult with a veterinarian or animal healthcare professional before administering any medications to ensure proper treatment for the animals.


Rearing cattle as one group can be a mistake because it can lead to overgrazing and depletion of resources in a particular area. This can result in poor quality of pasture and reduced productivity of the herd. Additionally, grouping all the cattle together can increase the risk of disease transmission, as it allows the pathogens to easily spread among the animals.

Failing to feed colostrum to newborn cattle

Not feeding newborn calves colostrum in the first few hours of life can lead to reduced immunity and increased susceptibility to diseases. Colostrum is vital for the development of the calf's immune system and provides necessary nutrients and antibodies. Failing to feed newborn calves colostrum in the first few hours of life can have serious consequences for their overall health and growth.

Drying the cattle for less than 60 days

Drying animals for less than 60 days can lead to incomplete preservation and deterioration over time. This mistake can also result in the loss of important features and characteristics of the animal. Properly drying animals for a longer period of time ensures a more accurate representation of the specimen for future study and exhibition.

Serving the cattle too much calcium during pregnancy

Feeding animals too much calcium during the last two months of pregnancy can lead to complications such as dystocia (difficult birth). Excess calcium can cause the uterus to contract prematurely, resulting in early delivery or abortion. It is important to carefully monitor and regulate the calcium intake of pregnant animals to avoid any potential mistakes.

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