FAQs

FAQs: Tick & Fleas

FAQs: Pregnant Cows & Calving

FAQs: Beef Animals

FAQs: Calves

FAQs: Deworming

FAQs: Heifers

FAQs: Lactating Cows

  • You should use Maclik Super. It has both macro and microelements that are key in milk production, health and fertility of the cow. Give at least 200gm per day but ad libitum (free choice) is highly recommended.

  • A healthy cow will cycle a month after birth, but it is always advisable to wait and make the 1st insemination by day 55 or second cycle.

  • Maclik Super should be used in milking cows. Give at least 200gm per day. Maclik Mineral Bricks for licking should also be provided to ensure adlib supply to the cow.

  • Prevent Mastitis by ensuring high levels of hygiene of the udder and the environment. Use CKL Milking Salve when milking, dip teats in Mastrite after milking. Ensure complete milking and proper milking techniques to avoid teat injury. Mastitis can be treated using a combination of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory through a qualified technician.

  • Milk increase can be achieved by feeding a quality balanced diet to the cow. The quantity should be enough to meet production requirements of the cow. A balanced diet has proteins, energy and minerals sources.

  • A dairy cow should be fed with Maclik Super. A dairy goat can be fed on Maclik Plus.

  • Check on energy levels of the diet. A good diet should have enough energy giving feeds like good quality hay and/or silage, nappier supplemented with high quality dairy meal. Minerals supplementation should be reviewed too. Use a good quality mineral supplement like Maclik Super ad libitum (free choice) is recommended. Seek a Vet’s advice if the cow has not shown heat signs 2 months after calving.

  • For 200gm daily of Maclik Super you need 8-10 full tablespoons.

  • Ensure the goat has enough of good quality fodder. Hanging fodder is preferred as goats are browsers. Supplementation with concentrates such as Kupakula Gold and Dairy meal is recommended. Maclik Super at a rate of 40gm /day is advised (about 2 spoons).

  • Ensure that you feed a well-balanced diet that has proteins from good quality dairy meal or supplements like Kupakula Advanced, energy sources such as good quality hay, maize silage, mineral supplements like Maclik Super and free choice clean drinking water. The quantity and quality of feeds is key in ensuring high milk production.

  • Check on energy levels of the diet. A good diet should have enough energy-giving feeds like good quality hay and/or silage, nappier supplemented with high-quality dairy meal. Minerals supplementation should be reviewed too. Use a good quality mineral supplement like Maclik Super ad libitum (free choice) is recommended. Seek a Vet’s advice if the cow has not shown heat signs 2 months after calving.

  • Ensure that your cow is healthy and in right body condition. Fertility is a factor of body condition (neither too fat nor too thin), health (absence of any disease, infections, parasites such as ticks, worms, flies etc.) and good management (record-keeping, proper feeding, hygiene, parasite control etc).

  • High concentrate diet like Dairy meal and Kupa Kula Advanced are recommended. At the same time make sure to continue using Maclik Dry Cow (this should start in 8th month).

FAQs: Disease Management

  • Signs of Anthrax include bloody discharge from mouth, anus, reproductive organs, nostrils and sudden death. Anthrax is a notifiable disease meaning it must be reported to the sub county veterinary office. It’s also a highly contagious disease to other animals as well as to humans and care should be taken in handling the suspected animals or their carcasses. There is a vaccine for Anthrax called Blanthax which is administered to prevent the disease. A qualified Vet officer should be able to administer this.

  • Notify the government veterinary officer in your locality. Separate the cow from the rest. Call a vet for treatment and further advice. Restrict movement of persons to the farm.

  • Drop in milk production, difficulty breathing, high fever, frothing, swollen lymph nodes are common signs.

  • Call a vet for further examination and treatment. This is an indication of a systemic infection.

  • Consult a qualified Vet. ECF can be treated with Butalex ® .

  • Calves also contract ECF. Remember ECF is transmitted by ticks (specifically the Brown Ear tick) which can also bite calves.

FAQs: Herd Fertility