Most dairy and beef farmers, face a danger of some sort: bovine traumatic reticulopericarditis, also known as hardware disease.
When cows are grazing, they eat grasses, and sometimes, mistakenly ingest metallic objects such as nails, staples, and the likes. As you would expect, these objects are very dangerous. And they settle in the reticulum, penetrate the lining, and cause serious problems like inflation, irritation, loss of appetite, and the likes. It can also pierce into surrounding organs, like the heart.
In some cases, the cow will have a bloated stomach, because its digestive tract has been blocked. Eventually, death can occur.
Hence, to prevent this, they use cow magnets.
What are cow magnets?
These are magnets used by dairy farmers, beef farmers, and ranchers, to prevent hardware disease. They come in different shapes, but they are mostly oblong and rounded and are very small, just like our fingers.
The good thing about these magnets is that they can last for the whole lifetime of the cow. Even after the cow dies, the metal can be extracted and reused again in another cow.
Also, these magnets cost a lot less than the amount you can lose, when a cow dies. Hence, it’s an important preventive measure against hardware disease.
How can I know if my cow has a magnet?
Farmers and veterinarians that want to check for cow magnets, place a compass beside the stomach region.
How are they administered?
These magnets are orally administered to the cows by only professional veterinarians before they turn one year old. These magnets are shot into the digestive tract via the mouth, with an instrument known as the balling or bolus gun.
Before the magnets are orally administered, the calves are deprived of food for 18-24 hours. After the period of food deprivation, they are fed with magnets.
How do cow magnets work?
When these magnets are administered through the mouth of the cow, they get lodged in the stomach - the rumen or reticulum. Hence, when the cow swallows dangerous metal objects, the magnet attracts them and prevents them from travelling down the digestive tract and causing harm.
What are cow magnets made of?
There’s no blanket answer to his question because cow magnets come in different forms.
Some are alnico rods, ring-shaped ferrite magnets encased in rod-shaped plastic, or neodymium magnets in plastic cores.
Amongst all of them, those with neodymium are the strongest because they are the strongest permanent magnets.
Where can I get cow magnets?
It’s important to use a cow magnet. But it’s more important, for the magnet to be of high quality because it determines the health status of your cow.
If you’re searching for quality, then Dailymag is your sure bet. We have been in the business of producing quality magnets, for 30 years. Our clients are located around the world. Some come to make their orders, while others do theirs online, and we supply them directly to their region.
You can place an order with our customer service desk right away to make your order.