More miscarriages in cows – cause is parasite

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Christoph Berbecker and Fabian Hager are concerned about the increasing incidence of miscarriages in cows. © Thelo Cortman

The parasite Neospora caninum, which is excreted by dogs as the definitive host, can become dangerous to cows via grass as forage. If animals become infected with the parasite, it can lead to miscarriage or deformity of the calves. Small animals can also transmit the disease to other animals.

“This is a disaster. Farmer Kirsten Foswinkels explains that the number of miscarriages in our cows has clearly increased compared to previous years. 140 cows graze in the greens of Fosswinkels in Langenscheid. The fodder, silage grass, among other things, comes from the meadows of Märkisches Werk.

The areas leased by Voswinckels in Märkisches Werk or Neuen Herweg are heavily influenced by walking. Running is not the problem, it’s leftover dog litter. “Grass is used as food for cows. It says that contaminated with faeces can make animals sick. According to the farmer, you have to keep pointing out that it is not just a piece of green space for leisure and an entry area for pets.

Signs for pedestrians should indicate that dog droppings have no place on lawns used to produce animal feed.
Signs for pedestrians should indicate that dog droppings have no place on lawns used to produce animal feed. © Thelo Cortman

Complaints from farms of a lack of understanding are often encountered by dog ​​owners. “The tags that prevent dogs from doing their business in lawns have already been destroyed. Now we don’t put them on anymore,” explains Kirsten Foswinkel. And the way families and children behave in meadows often causes damage in a different physical form.

For example: “If the kids build iron gates in the meadow and you put iron around them afterwards and we drive through them with mowing machines, it’s not good for our cutting tools,” Voswinkel explains. I have already sought conversations with parents, but no insight.

this is a disaster. The incidence of miscarriages among our cows has clearly increased compared to previous years.

Finally, silage bales, which often remain in lawns for days when filled with cut grass, are damaged by opening, she says. A picnic in which it is said that broken glass in the meadow is a great danger. Broken Pieces of Feed – “Cows can suffer internal damage and bleed to death.” You have to explain to people over and over again that lawns are not their property.

Calves a few months old.  A healthy birth is not as common as it used to be.
Calves a few months old. A healthy birth is not as common as it used to be. © Thelo Cortman

Christoph Berbecker, president of the local Halver Agricultural Society, believes there is still a lot to explain to people who have dogs about why dog ​​droppings cause serious illnesses in cows. Pedestrians often think that if I let my dog ​​defecate in the meadow, this is not so bad, since the farmer also spreads cow dung or liquid manure in the field. “But this is something completely different. Cows are exclusively herbivores, so liquid manure is purely vegetable,” Berbecker explains.

There are plastic bags. Many collect droppings with it, but throw the bag with its contents into the meadow. This is ridiculous.

Cows do not eat meat like dogs. Wondering about the behavior of some dog owners. “There are plastic bags. Many collect droppings with it, but they just throw the bag with its contents into the meadow. It’s ridiculous,” he says, shaking his head. And he believes that would be doubly harmful, not only to the cows, but also to the environment.

Dog owners allow their animals to do ‘big business’ on farmers’ lawns

250 cows give their milk every day on the Bierbecker farm. Berbecker says miscarriages happen to animals from time to time. Of course, there can be other reasons for cows to miscarry. Stress or genetic predisposition in animals also played a role. However, the farmer asserts that it has been proven that dog droppings are among the causes of abortion in cows.

Young animals remain in these boxes for a short time.
Young animals remain in these boxes for a short time. © Thelo Cortman

Fabian Hager, treasurer of the local agricultural association and farmer who has lawns in Holvershorn near the station, complains of disrespect for his promoter. Hiking trails pass directly through the pastures. There are several dog walkers around the farm with 150 cows. Hager compares dog droppings in the grass to going to a restaurant.

The young farmer asks, “If the waiter spit in your soup, would you still like to eat it?” He, too, remarked from time to time that sacks with “big companies” are thrown into the meadow, “it is incomprehensible why they are thrown into the ground.” Ultimately, this behavior also affects the end consumer when they drink milk or eat meat.

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