The initiative aimed to highlight the importance of farm animal well-being as compromised health typically hinders an animal’s fertility. Historically, animals at this location tended to be healthy but this year an unusually high number of animals had been diagnosed with hormonal imbalances for reasons unknown. Most villages in the locale had also been suffering the effects of an ongoing drought with animal fodder becoming increasingly scarce and forcing farmers to sell their animals for slaughter. This has manifested in only 2,500 animals transacted at a local cattle fair compared to the usual 50,000.
15 enthusiastic volunteers from DBOI Global Services' corporate social responsibility committee chipped in to help – making an early start at 9am. A medicine counter was set up at a local milk collection centre and veterinarians, accompanied by five Deutsche volunteers, started health examinations for each animal.
Almost all the animals were found to be malnourished. To treat this, the veterinarians administered vitamin injections and prescribed cobalt/copper ion tablets which function as an appetite enhancer. De-worming was carried out by embedding de-worming tablets in bananas and mineral packets that were fed to every animal. Additional packets were also handed to farmers whose animals were not able to be present at the camp.
While the animals received treatment, four teams of Deutsche volunteers accompanied by animal health professionals went door to door in neighbouring villages with de-worming medication such as Oxyclonazide and Levimosele to treat sheep and goats.
By the end of the day’s exercise, a total of 58 cows, 707 sheep and goats, 12 dogs and 1 monkey had been examined and given preventive treatments, made possible only through the passion of Deutsche volunteers.