Cow dairy

In cattle farming whether meat or milk, the reasons for keeping cow are many.

In U.S cow can be used for meat, milk, work animals and sources of leather.

Cows can provide fertilizer in your farmland.

Years back when i was still a tender i could remember back then in my primary school days i and my friends to go to the bush close to where Fulani herdsmen live in search of mushroom, the dung has fertilizer that produce many mushrooms that we  harvest almost every three days, and we do make so many profits from it then .

As you can see there are so many things you can benefit from cow farming.

And well-managed grazing can improve your forage, too. If you’re on the fence about whether to make cattle a part of your farming operation, here are some things you need to keep in mind.

Raising cow

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Raising cow in Nigeria has never been easy because some parts in  Nigerians believed in crops and tubers farming because of that it has been bringing a dispute between herdsman and crop farmers.

In the northern part of the country, they so much believe in cow farming but due to lack of grass-fed in the northern part of the country, secondly northern part of the country hardly have rain fail for that reasons cattle farmers push their flocks for some part of the country especially eastern part of the country to have much feed for their flocks, but some herdsmen have been going against the role in farming and human law.

Some cattle rearers leave their flock carelessly before they know it, the animal will destroy people’s properties.

The issue of Fulani herdsmen destruction of farms/crops did not start today it has been there before now, well we are not here for that but i just want to let know why cattle farming in Nigeria we recognize Fulani people as the cattle farmers in Nigeria.

Is very hard for you to see someone who is not an Hausa/Fulani man who have more than 10 cows.

Like all mammals, cows used for dairy must be impregnated in order to produce milk, so to start a dairy cattle farm, you need to have a bull on your property, have access to a bull or work with a veterinarian for artificial insemination. Most dairy farms sell the male calves born by their cows for veal production or breeding, depending on the quality of the bull calf.

These calves might also be sold for beef production or kept to produce beef for the family. Farms generally keep female calves to repopulate their herds as older cows’ milk production is reduced, but this, again, depends on the quality of the calf.

A cow typically remains in the dairy herd until about 5 years old, though many are capable of remaining productive for 12 to 15 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The leading reasons cows leave the dairy herd are low production, infertility, mastitis (inflammation of the udder) and lameness. Starting a dairy farm requires a lot of commitment because cows need to be milked at least once, but usually twice, per day at the same time every day.

Because lactation requires so much caloric intake from a cow, it’s difficult to have a 100-percent grass-fed dairy herd. It can be done but requires careful management, the right cattle, and the right climate.

There are a number of breeds of cows used for dairy production. More common commercial breeds include Holstein, Jersey, and Brown Swiss, but there are also a number of heritage cattle breeds developed primarily as dairy cows, such as Ayrshire, Dutch Belted and Guernsey.