Why? Because cows and other livestock need constant, careful attention. It takes years to be a good cattle observer manager, keep at it. Here’s some good advice to all connected with livestock much better than anything I could come up with.
Read and listen to these words very carefully and remember these principles. “Be thou diligent to know the state of thy clocks and look well to thy herds.” Cows might be big and appear tough, but a cow is limping with a sore hoof can’t heal herself. Always scan the herd at least two times per day for minimum of ten minutes at a time. Check closely for cows in standing heat. Look for mucus on the tail. If thin like water, she’s in early heat. Thicker sticky mucus like corn syrup she’s getting late in heat ready to inseminate soon. About 12-16 hours after seen standing heat or about 8-24 hours later if using heifer plus. Call us at 1-920-650-1631 for more information. If the mucus is extremely thick and opaque and non-sticky, don’t breed the cow! Call vet first.