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cow magnets

Cow magnets are small, cylindrical, and magnetic devices that are administered orally to cows in the dairy and beef industry. These magnets, typically made of ceramic or Alnico, are inserted into the cow’s rumen (the first compartment of the cow’s stomach) to prevent hardware disease.

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Cow magnets are small, cylindrical, and magnetic devices that are administered orally to cows in the dairy and beef industry. These magnets, typically made of ceramic or Alnico, are inserted into the cow’s rumen (the first compartment of the cow’s stomach) to prevent hardware disease.

Hardware disease, also known as traumatic reticuloperitonitis, is caused by cows ingesting metal objects such as nails, screws, and wire fragments that can get lodged in the reticulum (second compartment of the cow’s stomach) or other digestive organs. The metal objects can cause damage to the stomach lining, leading to inflammation and infection.

Cow magnets work by attracting and capturing metal objects in the rumen before they can pass through to the reticulum and other digestive organs. The magnets remain in the rumen for the life of the cow and do not cause any harm or interfere with digestion. Cow magnets are safe, effective, and inexpensive tool used to prevent hardware disease in cows.

Cow magnets are administered either orally, through a balling gun, or coated onto feed to make them more palatable to the cow. They are typically used in dairy farms and feedlots, where cows are often fed rations containing metal fragments due to poor feed handling practices.

Cow magnets are an important tool in preventing hardware disease in cows in the dairy and beef industry. They are a simple and effective solution that provides long-term protection to the cow’s health, leading to improved welfare and production.