Treating your animals for the various different ailments that may occur can prove a costly venture, but have you ever considered using more traditional, home-made methods for treating your stock?
Check out some of the various options below!
Scour - Did you know that there are many different ways of treating scour? Some of which can be found in your house at home!
One such method is the adding of raw eggs to calves’ milk replacer. This gives the calf much-needed extra proteins and helps firm up their stool. This can also be mixed with electrolytes or brown sugar to ensure the calf has more energy.
Another traditional method is giving the afflicted animal cold, strong tea. This is a tried and tested method with the tannin in the tea a recognized way of stopping diarrhoea. This method is also known to be a way of curing red water in cattle.
The same can be said about Sheep’s milk, which has long been used to treat calves with scour. An old wives’ tale which was once popular, was the boiling of pieces of an envelope in milk. The effectiveness of this one is unknown, however. Another traditional Irish method is giving the affected animal a shot of poitín. When mixed, in small doses, with warm milk and a glucose solution, poitín is known to work effectively.
Mastitis - A very common problem during calving season and for dairy farmers in particular.
As always, good hygiene practices go a long way in preventing mastitis, though that is not much use if your herd is already infected. Oils, such as peppermint, oregano and tea tree are three very good options to help fight mastitis. Quite easily sourced, the oils should always be used with a carrier oil. To treat mastitis with these, you simply apply some of the oil (choose one type) to the outside of the udder. This, along with emptying each quarter, will help them fight the infection.
Garlic is also another option, as it is known to be a natural antibiotic. Garlic tincture, easily purchased in health food shops, can be administered orally or vaginally (6-30ccs) for up to three days. This helps boost the animal’s immune system and can even fight off potential infections such as Mastitis. When using garlic tincture, start off with either 6ccs once a day or 3ccs twice daily. This will enable you to build up the immune system at a gradual pace.
Ringworm - There are many natural methods of treating ringworm in livestock.
One of these is again through the use of paraffin oil, which should be mixed with bread soda and the mixture applied to the affected area. The next method is apple cider vinegar, which contains natural acids and probiotics crammed with healing properties. Once the affected area is cleaned and scraped, apple cider vinegar can be applied using a cotton ball. Tis should be repeated up to three times per day until it begins to clear.
Waste oil is another item which can be used effectively for ringworm. As before, the infected area should be cleaned first, with the oil then applied directly to the affected area. Always let the oil dry correctly, prior to letting animals back into housing with other stock.
There are also other various options available, all with varying levels of success. These include oils such as Coconut oil, Iodine, Tea Tree oil, Colloidal oil and oregano oil.
Worms/Internal Parasites- When treating internal parasites such as worms, there are many natural de-wormers widely available. These include Pumpkin seeds, Pomegranate juice, Papaya, Diatomaceous Earth, Garlic, carrot seeds, fennel seeds, mustard and wild ginger. There are other herbal remedies available also, in the shape of thyme, sage, red clover and hyssop.
Coughing Cattle - There are actually two listed home-made methods of treating coughs in cattle one for calves and one for larger animals. For calves and smaller animals, Linseed oil is known to be very effective. For adult cattle, paraffin oil can be used. This should be administered in food.