Monday, September 5, 2011

Dwergzeboe or minikoe

In the garden there is another space for small animals such as chickens, ducks, sheep or goats. They help maintain the domain and are pleasant company. Here we would like a special species of which are relatively unknown: the dwergzeboe.

On TV you saw definitely wanted images of sacred cows in India. This store cattle with a big bump on the shoulder or hump zebus cattle.
For the Hindus, they are a symbol of respect for nature and life because the dam with a special focus on major causes her calf.

The zebu was 10,000 years ago in India and later spread over large parts of the world. They have more sweat glands than European cattle and are therefore our more resistant to heat and humid climates. Zebus occur mainly in South Asia, Africa and North America to the poor to provide milk and meat. Their droppings are dried and used as fuel.

Within zeboefamilie 75 races there, or whose dwergzeboe minizeboe quite remarkable: the smallest cow in the world.

About 10 years ago, the first dwergzeboes from Ethiopia to our country, but they are still a rarity.

If you ever see a newborn zeboekalfje, you're hooked. They are so cute and great as a lamb and children can take care of the animal. Their coat is short hair and is black, gray, white, brown, red, blond, ... are. Dwergzeboes are monochrome or color their fur coat faded with age. Some have even after each molt a different color variation. In adult bulls can vetbult on the shoulder remarkably large.

The fold of skin under the neck, or dewlap called kossum is highly developed. Their horns are up to 30 cm long.

Dwergzeboes herd animals are real and should never be kept alone. They have a gentle nature and can easily live with sheep, goats, ponies, horses and alpacas. If you have a lot of attention and time spent, they are affectionate and then eat from your hands.

Calves that educates you to the bottle, you are tame pets that come with playing in the meadow, they enjoy a brush and run very easy on a string.

Treat them like other small animals (goats, sheep and donkeys).

With a dry and draft-free shelter with fresh litter, they can easily in our climate the winter. Grass tops their list of food and a spacious meadow is indispensable for the active animals. Grazing on an area of 800 m² per animal during the summer season they have not bijgevoederd be. During the winter months, they force feed and roughage such as hay needed for dry, wheat straw, silage maize, beet, pumpkin, etc ... valappelen

The cost of a zeboekoe is ± € 600. For a bull, you pay less. The number of growers dwergzeboes Belgium and the Netherlands is limited. The search for calves is therefore not easy, but the wait is certainly rewarded when the 'sweet mini Cows' in your pasture look around.

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