Natural Healing Remedies For Ruminants 101


| 9/23/2013 10:04:00 AM


Tags: ruminants, Annie Warmke, Ohio,

buffalo and calfIf you’ve never seen an American buffalo (bison) up close, their size will take your breath.  We recently visited the Cherokee Valley Bison Farm near Thornville Ohio, and it was quite an experience seeing those giant beasts up close.

As we drove up the long lane off Lonesome Road (just the kind of name where you would expect to see buffalo) the first thing we noticed is that even though the tall fence is electrified, it’s clear that any animal that big could go right through it as if it were tinsel.

But these gentle giants live as a herd, so even if one of them does escape (which apparently happens from time to time) it just waits around trying to get back in.  I wish my goats were like that.

According to owner Carie Starr, their “young” bull only weighs about 1,500 lbs.  But he’ll reach at least a ton by the time he’s fully mature.  Even though the bronze-colored calf that was running with the herd was only a few days old, it looked to be the same size as most any domestic breed of calf. 

Bison (buffalo) are ruminants just like goats, so Carie had a lot of questions for me about natural health for her herd. 

Both bison and goats are equipped with stomachs that have four chambers. The first chamber is the  largest - called the rumen.  The second chamber is the reticulum. The third is the omasum and the fourth is the abomasum - the true stomach.  The four chambers work to process the bits of grass, blossoms, seeds and even bark that the animal will consume that makes up their daily calorie intake.


davidcanada
10/8/2013 6:46:03 AM

All critters have parasites in their gut (these are necessary for good health). !!!!!!! sorry but this is completely wrong and you must be spreading hearsay! Parasites are not a symbiotic relationship! thats why they are parasite! It is a one way street very sick to dead. Some animals have natural resistance. What is necessary is bacteria and it has a beneficial and symbiotic relationship with all mammals. Your friends animals died even after the parasites were gone due to the severe scarring and damage done by the over load to its stomachs and intestines that it couldn't function any longer. Parasites steal nutrients from the hosts body for themselves thats why they get run down as they cant eat enough to feed themselves and the parasite. As well most species parasites don't mix between species. There are a lot of articles about parasites available but never make the mistake they are necessary. That like saying we need bed bugs, stomach worms and hair lice. They are 0 benefit and huge economic loss. PS goats eat special foods like pine needles to kill parasites. David Ortlieb Alberta Canada


davidcanada
10/8/2013 6:45:32 AM

All critters have parasites in their gut (these are necessary for good health). !!!!!!! sorry but this is completely wrong and you must be spreading hearsay! Parasites are not a symbiotic relationship! thats why they are parasite! It is a one way street very sick to dead. Some animals have natural resistance. What is necessary is bacteria and it has a beneficial and symbiotic relationship with all mammals. Your friends animals died even after the parasites were gone due to the severe scarring and damage done by the over load to its stomachs and intestines that it couldn't function any longer. Parasites steal nutrients from the hosts body for themselves thats why they get run down as they cant eat enough to feed themselves and the parasite. As well most species parasites don't mix between species. There are a lot of articles about parasites available but never make the mistake they are necessary. That like saying we need bed bugs, stomach worms and hair lice. They are 0 benefit and huge economic loss. PS goats eat special foods like pine needles to kill parasites. David Ortlieb Alberta Canada


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