Why Can't That Cow Stand Up? (Part 1)
Farmer's Weekly|26 January 2018
Why Can't That Cow Stand Up? (Part 1)

A number of diseases and conditions can result in cattle and other ruminants being unable to stand up

Most livestock owners have had cattle that lie down and seem unable to stand up on their own. These are called recumbent animals. The main reasons for this problem are:

Malnutrition

In this case, the animal gets too little feed, feed of poor quality, or both. The problem is more common during a dry winter period or drought, and often occurs when the veld is overgrazed.

In-calf cows require good nutrition and are more susceptible to recumbency. Poor-quality feed lacks the protein and energy needed to maintain the animal in good condition. The animal gradually loses weight until it is too weak to walk short distances or even stand.

An animal suffering from malnutrition is at risk of getting a disease as its immune system is weakened.

Gestation and birth-related problems

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26 January 2018