How to care for cows in Monsoon Season
During monsoon season, humidity raises various problems such as stress, injury, infectious diseases, parasites, etc.
- Cows in damp conditions are likely to pick up teat diseases.
- Cows require quality feed, because of their increasing demands for energy. They burn energy at a higher rate when trying to adjust to the rainy conditions and maintaining a positive energy balance.
Quality feed means less moisture, no moulds, rich in balance nutrition, and no alfatoxin (fungi in fodder).
Other hygiene requirements:
- After milking, the teats are dipped in a teat dip and dried.
- Cows’ rest area should be dry with no mosquitos.
- Mud and manure in the housing and open lots has to be reduced.
- Drainages must remain clean.
- The barn should have boundaries to protect in coming rainwater.
- Feed storage must remain dry.