Hot Cows How-Tos

How To: Insert a catheter into a cow for a urine sample

Sometimes it is necessary to insert a catheter into a cow to obtain a urine sample. Catheterization can be a tricky process, but urine samples are a helpful diagnostic tool for many veterinarians to detect illness and other medical problems in cattle, as well as other animals. Learn how to insert a catheter into a cow to collect a urine sample by watching this video veterinary tutorial.

How To: Tie a cow's tail for surgical or practical purposes

A cow's tail might be in the way of a variety of veterinary procedures or other practical functions. In order to get the tail out of the way, the cow's tail may be tied. Learn how to tie a cow's tail for surgical or any purpose without hurting the cow or damaging the bones by watching this video veterinary tutorial.

How To: Detect estrus in female beef cattle

Dr. Allen Bridges details methods for detection of estrus in beef cattle, part of an efficient breeding program. Poor estrus detection results in poor pregnancy rates. Learn how to maximize pregnancy rates and increase the health of female beef cattle by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Utilize and insert CIDR devices into cows

Dr. Allen Bridges shows how to incorporate the use of the CIDR (controlled intra-vaginal drug releasing devices) in a synchronization program for beef cattle. CIDR devices can be used to manage the reproductive cycles of female cows. Learn how to insert and CIDR devices and how to manage the estrus cycles of female cows for farming convenience, by watching this instructional video.

How To: Milk a cow with your bare hands

This video shows you how to milk a cow with your bare hands. Wipe the udder with alcohol based wipes, to make sure it is clean. Place your stool at the side of the cow, towards the back end. Remove a little wax from the teats before starting. Squeeze the teats firmly with a regular motion. A cow should be milked twice a day. If the udder is pendulous then use a flatter pan rather than an milking bucket. The richness of the pasture will determine how much milk the cow delivers. Rainfall and th...

How To: Palpate a bovine to check for pregnancy

Suspect that your bovine (bull, cow) is pregnant. Well, there's only one way to be sure. Put on a plastic glove and insert your hand into the rectum, with your fingers together. See how to find out if your cattle is pregnant with help of this video tutorial.

How To: Dry off a cow

Check out this how-to video to learn how to dry off a cow. Wear protective gloves to reduce the spread of infection. Apply the penicillin tubes.

How To: Milk a cow

Modern milking parlors use machines, but milking a cow by hand is an ancient art. Here’s the "udderly" perfect way to do it.

How To: Restrain a cow for surgical or farming purposes

There are a number of halters, cattle anti-kicking devices and maneuvers that restrain a cow for veterinary examination purposes. This video veterinary tutorial shows some devices and techniques to prevent and restrain a cow from kicking an examiner. Some of these restraints are also important to farmers for implementing milking procedures onto a new cow.

How To: Milk cows

There are things that you should keep in mind, if you want to learn to milk cows. Clean the teats, before you begin. To milk the cow manually, squeeze the teats and draw your hand downward, at the same time. Squeeze and pull down, until there is no more milk. Cows have to be milked at least a couple of times a day.

How To: Milk your farm cow

Veterinarian Mark Lopez of Wholesome Dairy Farms demonstrates how to milk a cow. Use a teat dip to wet the teats. Then, massage in the fluid so it loosens up the surface dirt and kills bacteria. Stimulate the teat end with your fingers. Next pre-strip the cow by gently pulling on the teat and mimicking the suckling action of a calf. Let the iodine teat dip to sit on the udder. When the cow squirts milk out of the teat, it means that she is stimulated and comfortable. Take a clean towel and wi...

How To: Cow-tip

Cow-tipping is legendary, yet animal experts say it’s nearly impossible to do. Here’s how to “tip” the odds in your favor. Cow-tip.

How To: Milk a Guernsey cow with a milk machine

There's nothing like milking a dairy cow straight from the teat. Of course, before milking you'll need to sanitize the teat with a sterile solution and paper towel. This video tutorial demonstrates the proper methods of milking cows using a standard milk machine pulsator for professional results.

How To: Use the Callicrate Bander

Reduce the stress and complications of castration on both farmers and cattle. The Callicrate Bander is a non-surgical and non-chemical way to castrate. This instructional video shows the simple steps for how to castrate livestock with Callicrate Bander, and how to keep the animals healthy and free from tetanus.

How To: Purchase cattle for your ranch or farm from a cattle auction

If you're starting up your own farm or ranch, one animal that you can raise is cattle. Not only are they a fantastic source of meat, but they also provide milk and cream which also opens up to butter and whipped cream. The usual way of acquiring cattle is through a cattle auction. In this video you will get some tips on how to approach a cattle option and what to watch out for as far as buying the cattle.

How To: Use a grazing stick

Dr. Keith Johnson show how to use a grazing stick to estimate the amount of usable forage for a grazing animals is available in a pasture. Learn how to determine how much feed for livestock can be found in a field with this simple tool.

How To: Milk a cow at Tres Semillas Mountain Inn Costa Rica

Tres Semillas Mountain Inn is a family owned organic farm and rainforest retreat located in El Brujo de Rio Nuevo, Costa Rica, on the southern border of the Los Santos National Park. Learn the simple procedure for how to milk cows and care for them on an organic farm by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Milk a cow properly

In this how to video, Andrew teaches us how to milk a cow without dying. You must always start by approaching the cow and becoming its friend. Proceed slowly and move to the rear part of the cow. Grasp the udder with two fingers and begin milking.

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