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Hundreds of #cattle dead due to #storm in #Almeria, #Spain

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The sub-delegate of the Government in Almeria, Manuel de la Fuente , has toured on Tuesday the municipalities of the Almanzora region most affected by the floods and has seen ‘in situ’, accompanied by the mayors, the “huge damage caused by torrential rains “.

As the agency has indicated in a note, it is the third visit made by De la Fuente to the areas most affected by the passage of DANA, after those already made on Friday, first to Níjar and then to Huércal-Overa and Pulpí.

The damage check has started early in the morning in Cantoria, where about 110 liters per square meter of water fell in just two hours. In the La Hojilla ravine, which joins Cantoria with the district of La Hoya, the water reached about two meters high and caused the breakage of the road and the concrete chains of the bridge.

Likewise, the passage to the hamlet of El Faz , where some 200 neighbors live , remains cut . The water pipe has also damaged the crossing bridge over the Almanzora River, between the towns of Cantoria and Almanzora. In this place, the water exceeded four meters high in the riverbed and rose above two meters on the road. The City Council, chaired by Purificación Sánchez, is still estimating the damages suffered.

In Arboleas , the most important destruction caused by the flood was the rupture of the potable water supply pipes to the neighborhoods of El Rincón, La Cinta and Tahullas, where around 600 neighbors reside, a problem that, today, It has already been resolved, as highlighted by the mayor, Cristóbal García. The rain has also caused numerous landslides on municipal roads to access slums.

The next municipality has been Armuña del Almanzora . There, the sub-delegate has traveled with his mayor, José Berruezo, part of the rural roads flooded by the rain, which has also caused serious damage to different ramblas and in the water supply network of the municipality. This noon, city hall machinery worked piece by piece to repair the supply as soon as possible.

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Thousands of #cattle dead due to #flooding in #Mumbai, #India

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Mumbai could face milk shortages during the upcoming festival season as many farmers in the state have lost cattle in the floods and fodder is either soaked or rotting.

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1,800+ dairy #cows dead due to #blizzard in #Washington State, #USA

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An unexpected day-long blizzard has killed more than 1,800 dairy cows among dozens of farms in Washington state.

The snowstorm, carrying heavy winds ranging from 30 to 80 miles per an hour and resulting in 18 to 24 inches of snow, on Saturday devastated dairy farmers in the Yakima Valley, severely impacting their livelihood.

Since the region is typically arid, the dairy farms are built with open lots or open-sided shelters to house house the cows. In other words, since the region typically only gets six to eight inches of rain annually, cows are kept in shelters without walls, leaving them in blindsided without time or resources to prepare for the unanticipated brutal blizzard.

“Cows were huddled in, pressed up against each other in corners of pens and refused to move. Farmers couldn’t get them to move into milking barns. Herd instinct,” Gerald Baron, executive director of Save Family Farming, a farm advocacy group, told the Capital Press. “Most cows died from injuries from each other and some from cold exposure. They went down and couldn’t get up.”

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Hundreds of cattle have died of unknown disease in Lakhimpur, India

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Hundreds of cows and goats have been dying for the last six months in Subansiri Chapori of Lakhimpur district of diseases unknown to the local herders.

The river islands of Subansiri has a large number cattle farms, locally known as khuti, where thousands of buffaloes, cows and goats are kept by herders for dairy and livestock business. But in the last six months, these animals are dying resulting in huge losses caused to the traditional cattle herders in this riverine area.

The herders have informed that their animals are dying after grazing on the grass which remain submerged during the monsoon season following the receding of water level.

“This phenomenon has been observed in the last three years and this time the number of casualties is much higher,” said the cattle herders.

The worst hit river island this time is Subansiri Chapori where hundreds of cows and goats have died so far in the last few days.

“Many goats have been found with infected faces which are very unusual,” said a local herder.

The affected cattle herders of Subansiri Chapori have asked the authorities concerned to investigate the causes of this unknown disease and the quality of the river water for the security of their diary and livestock business.

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Mystery as 150 cows drop dead in Nyakach Kisumu County, Kenya

Carcasses of cows lying at a homestead in Nyakach Kisumu County on March 27, 2018
Joshua Otieno, a farmer in Nyakach, Kisumu County, watched in disbelief as his cows collapsed and died one after the other. By midday yesterday, more than 150 cows, including some that belonged to his neighbours in Rangul village, lay dead under unknown circumstances. An entire village is now counting losses and coming to terms with the biggest catastrophe in the area in recent times.
The cows reportedly developed difficulties walking before dropping dead as their owners watched, moments after leaving a grazing field. According to the owners, the deaths began on Monday evening. The loss was estimated at Sh4 million. By the time of going to press, at least 36 homes had been affected, with more than 75 animals reported dead in Asawo location, and 70 others in the neighbouring Rang’ol location.
Mr Otieno said he lost 14 of his 24 cows. The cause of death remained unknown, although there were unconfirmed reports that the cows could have fed on grass from a farm that had been sprayed with a chemical.
“We are shocked. We have used the same grazing field since time immemorial and we have never witnessed such an incident,” said Otieno. He said he discovered his cows had a problem at 10pm, when he went to the cowshed to respond to a strange noise from the cattle. “As I moved closer to the cowshed, one cow had already dropped to the ground. Before long another one dropped. We tried to save them but it was not possible. Within 30 minutes, 10 cows had died,” said Otieno. The dying and dead animals had white foam oozing from the mouth and a watery substance from the anus. At least 50 metres away, Samson Odhiambo watched 19 of his 36 cows die. Mr Odhiambo’s ordeal was the same as Otieno’s, and also began slightly after 10pm. When he sought help from his neighbours, he found some of them facing the same problem. “It was a case of one cow collapsing after another, and I counted them as they died. It is sad because this is my only source of livelihood,” said Odhiambo.
James Ouma lost seven of his 16 cows and discovered the carcasses yesterday morning. Area Member of the County Assembly Rashid Miruka called on the relevant authorities to investigate the incident. Agriculture and Livestock Executive Gilchrist Okuom said his office had already responded to the matter. Kisumu Director for Special Programmes Ruth Odinga said they had sent an excavator to help bury the cows. In Nyakach, police were keeping vigil to keep residents away from the carcasses.
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Hundreds of cattle dead due to wild fires in Portugal

Hundreds of cattle dead due to wild fires in Portugal

1,100 cows die suddenly on a farm in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

Animais morreram em fazenda em Ribas do Rio Pardo e a suspeita é de intoxicação por bactéria que causa o botulismo (Foto: Marca 7/Divulgação)
Animals died in a farm in Ribas do Rio Pardo and the suspicion is of intoxication by bacteria that causes botulism (Photo: Marca 7 / Divulgação)
The State Agency for Animal and Plant Health Protection of Mato Grosso do Sul (Iagro) is investigating the death of 1.1 thousand head of cattle in the confinement of Marci 7 Pecuária, at the Monica Cristina farm, in the municipality of Ribas do Rio Pardo, at About 40 kilometers from Campo Grande. As the animals were practically ready for slaughter, the estimate is that the death caused a loss of approximately R $ 2 million to the breeder Persio Ailton Tosi.
Iago CEO Luciano Chiochetta told the G1 that the killings began on Wednesday (2) and that on Friday (4) the owner informed the agency that he sent a team to the scene. The suspect, he says, is from botulinum toxin poisoning, which would have occurred when the animals ate moist corn silage, which was stunted.
The clinical suspicion of botulism, according to Chiochetta, is based on the symptoms that the animals presented when they were dying: staggering and paralysis of the hind limbs and then the lower limbs until they lay on the floor. Then the picture worsened with total paralysis and cardiorespiratory arrest.
He explained that a team from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), which was on site before the arrival of the IAGRO technicians, collected samples that are being analyzed in the laboratories of the agency and will help confirm the suspicions of the cause of the Death of animals. “Liver and rumen samples were collected from dead animals, moist rations of corn, common silage, hay and water,” he explains.
The CEO of Iagro comments that the suspects that the animals were intoxicated due to the ingestion of moldy wet silage because this product is the one that offered the most favorable conditions for the proliferation of the bacterium that causes botulism. “Another type of silage, corn drought, was offered in addition to cattle to other animals that showed no symptoms of intoxication. In addition, as soon as the feed was suspended with the moist feed, the deaths ended, but we continue to monitor, “he explained.
He also ruled out the possibility that the contamination occurred because of the water the cattle consumed because the reservoirs were recently cleaned and other livestock on the same product did not show symptoms of intoxication.
Chiochetta pointed out in relation to the death of the animals that it is a clinical suspicion of botulism and not an infectious disease. “Botulism is an intoxication that occurs by toxin, because of a bacterium that found ideal conditions to multiply. It is not transferable. The animal ingested food contaminated with the bacterial toxin “.
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Thousands of cattle die in heat wave in California, USA

Central California’s largest rendering plant is overwhelmed by the number of cows that died during a June heat wave, so officials are allowing dairy farmers to bury or compost hundreds of carcasses. 
The unusual run of heat last month – including nine straight days of triple-digit temperatures — and a mechanical malfunction at Baker Commodities have contributed to the overload at the plant, the Fresno Bee reported Friday. 
Because of the excess carcasses, Baker stopped picking up from farms, leaving farmers without a place to send their dead animals. 
Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wesley told CBS affiliate KGPE-TVan estimated 4,000 to 6,000 livestock died in June due to the heat wave.
To handle the problem, Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties had to take the unusual step of giving dairies permission to bury or compost the animals on site under a strict set of temporary rules outlined by state water and agricultural agencies. The three counties declared a state of emergency, clearing the way for the disposal methods. 
Baker normally processes about 1 million pounds of animal flesh a day, said Wayne Fox, division manager of environmental health at Fresno County Department of Public Health. 
The company had ratcheted up its capacity to 1.5 million pounds per day before a daylong machinery malfunction significantly slowed the rendering process, said Fresno County Board of Supervisors Chairman Brian Pacheco, who is a dairy farmer. “They’ve worked through it, but they have been getting further and further behind,” Pacheco said. 
Once the animals decompose to a certain point, they can’t be rendered, Pacheco said. 
This isn’t the first time there has been a heat-related disaster for livestock owners, according to the newspaper. San Joaquin Valley farmers went through a similar crisis in 2006 when nearly $300 million in losses were reported because of the heat. In Kings County, 1,834 milk cows valued at $3.7 million died. 
It is too soon for county officials to know how many animals died in this heat wave.
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