The keeping of cattle in SVG is usually a man keeping one or two cows. It’s time they were controlled.
Milking dairy cattle will drink 25-30 gallons of water per day; however, what a dry dairy cow, heifer or bull will drink depends on a lot of factors, including breed, physiological factors, reproductive factors, salinity of the feed, dryness of the feed, environmental factors, etc. Typically an animal will drink around 7% to 10% of their body weight in water per day.
Cattle in the tropics should have shade from the sun when they want it. Either trees or bush cover, or lean-to sheds.
In tropical climates and especially where there is a lot of salinity deposited on grass from sea-blast, these animals will need an even a greater water supply of fresh clean cool water.
Keeping animals tethered in the Caribbean tropics without a ready supply of clean water or shade from the sun, is little more than a criminal act.
I have watched cattle tethered in fields without shade or water. I noticed recently that a heifer was watered at 5.30pm each day by its owner with a plastic can of water tipped into a small plastic bath. This is unacceptable, not enough water, and at a time of day when the animal is feeling ill and has spent all day dehydrating.
Of course, ideally it is better to keep animals in a field that has a clean running water stream, or shallow river that they can stand in and drink all that they want.
It is time that Mrs Margaret Hughes-Ferrari, a solicitor and mother, and a good-willed, kind woman, took the recently formed Vincentian Society for the Protection of Cruelty Against Animals [VSPCA] to another level, round up all the starved and ill-treated dogs, and wherever possible prosecute the owners.
But for sure it will be easier to prosecute owners of cattle, because they are easier to trace and identify. No one will want their cattle confiscated and an order against them banning them from keeping animals for the next ten years and even for life. That is what happens in civilized countries. In fact, Margaret already has some expertise in impounding cattle -- when one ate her garden she simply impounded it and claimed compensation.
The world judges nations on how they treat their animals; SVG fall well short of being good husbandry facilitators.
Instead of filling villagers up with all sorts of crap about keeping chickens in their yards, which cost more to feed than buying chicken from CK GREAVES. Tell the people about how to properly look after their cattle. It may be that a licensing system needs to be put in place for cattle-keepers.
Introducing something else like chickens for them to be cruel to is not the answer to helping people feed themselves.
Blame the ignorance of the Ministry of Agriculture, and ultimately the ULP government, they have put forward the chicken thing for political motives. It’s just more crap to fool the people; Gonsalves is a master at that.
See the VSPCA Blog