Control And Prevention Of Bloat In Cattle

Bloat can be a life-threatening condition in cattle. The good news is, there are several approaches to the control and prevention of bloat. These include grazing and feeding management, pasture composition, use of anti-bloat agents during high-risk periods, addressing herd susceptibility to bloat, and managing sodium:potassium ration. The following tips should be kept in mind to protect your cattle from bloat:

  • When cattle is introduced to new pasture, always do it gradually so their body can have time to get used to the new diet. 
  • Cattle should have access to long fiber before going to pasture or even during the entire grazing season.  
  • Monitor grazing cattle regularly. 
  • Identify periods when the risk of bloat is high.
  • Personnel dealing with cattle should be trained on risk conditions for bloat.
  • A routine procedure must be established and applied for risk situations.
  • Clinical cases should be treated immediately by using a stomach tube and administration of anti-bloat agents or oil
  • Don’t allow cattle to graze in the risk pasture again for at least 10 days. 

You should work closely with your farm vet Mt. Airy, MD in reducing or altogether preventing bloat cases in your herd.

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