254 Industry Innovation – Cow bath by Timmerman

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254 Industry Innovation – Cow bath by Timmerman

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Species targeted: Dairy;
Age: Adult;
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Country: NL
Cows that are stranded on the ground as a result of milk fever, a heavy birth or a fall are helped back into their legs with the use of a warm bath. Water helps the cow to get up because they only weigh 30 percent of their own weight. Muscles are relieved, the pressure decreases and the blood circulation improves. The cow bath is brought to the location together with a tank of hot water. The cow is placed on a mat and pushed into the bath. Then the watertight doors are attached and the water tap opens. The water is 38 degrees and the cow stays in the bath for six hours. The halter is tied so that the cow does not drown. The cow usually stands immediately.