A hole in a cow’s side. What do they do it for?
Have you ever wanted to put your hand into a cow’s belly? If yes, Swiss farmers can provide you an opportunity to do it. When you see a hole on the cow’s side — know, that this thing is called a fistula of the rumen. It looks scary, but this technology does exist. Vets make a hole in side of each cow and insert a special tube into it that leads to the stomach.
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The rubber valve is sealed with a plug. Farmers and veterinarians, who care for the animals, are allowed to monitor the digestion process carefully and select the appropriate diet for each cow. In addition, through this valve, they can easily remove part of the excess feed and release excess gases.
Every farmer knows, that cows need different bacteria and fungus that allow animals to digest vegetarian food better. Thus they give more milk.
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Fistula of the rumen plays a very important role in digestion. If the cow has problems with the digestive process — this hole allows to provide the animal’s stomach with necessary microflora.
Fistula also gives a farmer an opportunity to assess digestion and give cows the proper food. Some people are not thrilled with this procedure, they believe that it benefits only small farms. There are also those who are convinced that such an operation is in favor of animals.
It’s believed, that holes in the stomach are useful for the cow’s life in all. They do not lead to excess weight and allow to take better care of animals.