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11 years 11 months ago #23896 by Fuego
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Hi, We live north of Nelson on 12acres, we've been there for two years now and love it. We have pigs, sheep a couple of beefies, chooks,and far too many dogs.
I recently got a bin of apples, that we have been feeding to the pigs, our beefies, seem to really like the apples, I was wondering if I'm doing any harm letting the cows eat the apples, and can they over do it?

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11 years 11 months ago #339087 by arnie.m
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Welcome Fuego, I suspect to big a quantity of apples at once could affect their digestion.

arnie
88 Valley
Nelson

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11 years 11 months ago #339093 by igor
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If animals eat a lot of rotten apples all at once it can make them drunk.

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11 years 10 months ago #342126 by Kawatiri
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Hi and welcome .Dont let your cattle eat to many or they will bloat ,Imade some apple cider once and the scraps and puld was put out for the pig .My calve didnt seem interested so i didnt worry ,30 mins latter i returned to find it had scoffed the lot and was bloated ,chased him around for ages untill he degassed .May be you should have some bloat controll at your ready

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11 years 10 months ago #342175 by LongRidge
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Oops, the reply that I posted ages ago seems to have got lost.
Animals need protein which herbivores get from grasses and clover. Apples have very little, so apples cannot be the only food for growing animals. Supplement with hay.
We always chop apples .... now, after having a just-calved cow choke on one. Shovel them into a wheelbarrow, chop them up with the shovel, then wheel the barrow to the animals. This is very important to do if you don't have a gun, because with choking you have about 10 minutes to stab the cow (with the 50ml plastic syringe with a big guage needle on it just for the job) and then about $400 in vets bills to keep her alive. If you do have a gun you can just homekill her there and then.
As Kawatiri says, introduce apples gradually. We start with about 10 apples, gradually over a couple of weeks building up to 20 or 30 litres, per cow.

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