Why do cows watch people
If the cow feels good, the farmer is happy
Jenny Stodolka and her colleagues look after around 200 dairy cows every day in several stables and in the pasture at the Köllitsch teaching and experimental farm (LVG). With her experience, her feeling for the animals and a lot of specialist knowledge, the animal owner ensures that the cattle feel comfortable. Sustainable and species-appropriate cow husbandry is important to her, because a healthy cow is the capital of every farmer. After all, he has to be able to cover all costs for the animals, the stables, the technology, the feed, the staff and other things.
Jenny takes you with her and shows you how modern animal husbandry works in the LVG.
A cattle life in the stable
The state of health of the cows is decisive for the well-being of the cows and a high milk quality. That depends on intensive animal control, good feed and optimal husbandry in the stable and on the pasture. When we get the cows to be milked, we watch how they behave. This is how we can tell when something is wrong.
In the barn, we give the cows a precisely calculated amount of feed that corresponds to the animals' nutritional needs. Pasture forage grows and changes constantly. That is why it is much more difficult to meet the daily nutritional requirements for a high milk yield in the pasture.
The cows can move around freely in our cowshed. This ensures variety: They come into contact with each other, drink and eat independently or use massage brushes to care for themselves. They find peace and quiet in the cubicles for ruminating.
We make sure that the cows feel comfortable.
Cattle farming 4.0: Herd management
Agriculture has long since gone digital. Sensors on machines and building technology, smart cameras in stables and microprocessors on animals provide us with a lot of data on each individual animal in the digital network. This makes our work easier to monitor each cow with its individual needs in a targeted manner. If the data collected on a daily basis deviate from the normal values, we are alerted and can act immediately for the welfare of the animal.
Today animal husbandry means modern herd management. The technical progress guarantees the care for our dairy cows and supports us in running our farm successfully. This is a constant challenge for us in our responsible profession as an animal keeper, but it also opens up many opportunities for further training and development.
When the cow gets sick
Medicines are necessary to treat animals infected with viruses. Continuous examinations by the veterinarian reduce the risk of illness. But where does the milk from treated cows go?
Responsibility for all of life
Newborns are born without an immune system and must be separated from the herd. They spend the first few days in the calf igloo. We show all life stations and how the young animals are cared for.
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