· Animal appears starved even
when fed abundantly.
· Animal loses weight.
· Animal scratches the ground.
· Loss of appetite.
difficultiesrepeated breeding is necessary (phosphorus and selenium
· Convulsion and staggering (calcium and magnesium deficiency).
· Black-coated animals appear to have brown hair (copper deficiency).
· Enlarged joint (calcium deficiency, in calves).
· Insufficient minerals
available to animals.
· Worm infestation.
· Provide salt or mineral block for lick.
· Feed animals fresh grass and leaves.
· Supplement the animal's diet with high nutritive value plants such as sweet potato leaves and amaranth and feeds rich in minerals (see Feeding, page 108).
Give any of the following treatments.
The dosages stated here are for adult cattle. For calves, goats and sheep, give half dosages. For further remedies, see Lack of appetite.
· Mix 5 liters of urine with 2-5 g yeast. Let stand for 24 hours. Dilute with 5 liters of water and give as drink to the animals. Do this daily until the animal regains appetite. (Cambodia. 1, 2, 3, 4)
· Mix 1 liter of palm toddy with ½ liter cattle urine. Drench the animal twice a day until it regains its appetite. (India. 1, 2, 4)
· Mix 1 part limestone powder to 1 part water. Sprinkle the mixture on the fodder ration. Do this daily for 3 days. (Philippines. 1, 2, 3, 4)