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Herbs to the rescue of cattle

Special Correspondent
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Oral treatment of cows affected by Foot and Mouth Disease with herbal paste is delivering positive results, according to veterinarians involved in training cattle-rearers on the therapy.

Farmers rearing cows and buffaloes in Nasiyanur, Chithode, and Modakurichi have been made to realise that the cattle affected by the disease despite vaccination could be saved only by feeding the cattle with a paste made of cumin seed, fenugreek, black pepper, turmeric powder, garlic, jaggery, and coconut gratings.

The farmers were trained to make a slimy paste by grinding the ingredients by soaking them in water, and administer it in divided doses.

They were advised to mix the last morsel with butter or ghee and smear it in the mouth of the affected cow for quicker healing.

Though the vaccination process commenced during August, a section of farmers did not get their cattle immunised since they did not want their cows to fall ill for a day or two. But, they offered to vaccinate their cattle only after symptoms showed up. That is the reason the vaccination did not work in some cases. However, the farmers were now cooperating well with the Animal Husbandry Department to carry out the process of herbal remedy, said Yasodhai, Head, Veterinary University Training and Research Centre (VUTRC), Erode.

The farmers were exposed to this remedy by N. Punniamurthy of VUTRC, Thanjavur, an expert in herbal therapy.

Prof. Punniamurthy had recommended treatment of foot lesions by applying a paste made of gingelly oil, garlic, turmeric powder, thulasi leaves, kuppaimeni leaves, maruthani leaves, and neem leaves.


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