An alnico cow magnet is a permanent magnet made from an alloy of aluminum, nickel, and cobalt. It is typically cylindrical in shape and about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter. Alnico cow magnets are used to prevent hardware disease in cows.
What is hardware disease?
Hardware disease is a condition in cows that occurs when they swallow foreign objects, such as nails, staples, and pieces of wire. These objects can lodge in the reticulum, which is part of the cow’s stomach. The reticulum is lined with folds that can trap foreign objects. When this happens, the foreign objects can irritate the lining of the reticulum and cause infection.
How do alnico cow magnets prevent hardware disease?
Alnico cow magnets are placed in a bolus, which is a capsule that is given to the cow orally. The bolus dissolves in the cow’s stomach, and the magnet is released. The magnet attracts any foreign objects that the cow has swallowed, and the objects are held against the magnet by the cow’s stomach muscles. This prevents the objects from lodging in the reticulum and causing infection.
Benefits of using alnico cow magnets
- Reduces the risk of hardware disease
- Saves money on veterinary bills
- Improves the health and well-being of cows
How to use alnico cow magnets
Alnico cow magnets should be administered by a veterinarian. The veterinarian will place the magnet in a bolus and give it to the cow orally. The magnet will stay in the cow’s stomach for the life of the cow.