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Hundreds of #cattle dead due to the worst #drought in 30 years in #Tabasco, #Mexico

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The Los Ríos area of the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco is suffering the worst drought in the last 30 years , causing an 80 percent stoppage in agricultural activity and heavy losses for livestock .

The largest river in Mexico, the Usumacinta , registers historically low levels, while in Balancán and Tenosique, municipalities bordering Guatemala , the arid landscape extends over the plain over crops and killing the herd of hunger and thirst that exceeds 390 thousand heads

The cracked earth is visible in large areas, with crops of sorghum and corn that remain standing, but without life, and there is no fishing for the drying of the rivers.

In the ranches, the jagüeyes-deep pools of water-are full of mud, and near them abound the dead and dying carcasses.

Balancán, one of the municipalities that make up the Los Ríos area, authorities attribute the balance to the absence of rain.

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4,000 #cattle dead due to #drought in #Cordoba, #Colombia

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Approximately 4,000 cattle died in several municipalities, Leaving millions in loses.

The lack of water, food and high temperatures led to the death of the livestock.

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Thousands of #cattle dead after #storm in #Pilbara, #Australia

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Tropical Cyclone Veronica delivered much-needed rain to WA pastoralists, but it also had the heart-wrenching effect of big cattle deaths.

Bettini Beef, which runs five cattle stations in the Pilbara, close to Port Hedland, lost at least 1500 cattle, including 1000 breeders.

Stations in Bettini Beef’s portfolio include De Grey, Mallina, Sherlock, Warambie and Pyramid, which received from 130mm to more than 500mm of rain.

Owner Mark Bettini said as well as the deluge of rain there was strong winds and most cattle likely died of hypothermia, but some would have drowned.

Mr Bettini said finding the dead cattle was heartbreaking, and a big clean-up effort was under way which would take some time, with many areas still too wet to get to.

“I would say 1500 dead cattle is a conservative estimate and it is likely more would be found,” he said.

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2,500 #cattle die suddenly, ‘a #mystery’ in #Peten, #Guatemala

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The Minister of Agriculture, Mario Méndez, said that a state multidisciplinary team was formed to detect and control the cause of sudden death of livestock.

“The deployment of a brigade of veterinarians and zootechnicians has been ordered to identify which disease is causing problems and, based on that, fight it immediately,” he said.

The official explained that the advocacy group will be chaired by officials of his ministry and composed of members of the National Council of Protected Areas (Conap), the Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), the Ministry of Health, petén veterinary laboratories and the Livestock Association.

“We will take samples of blood, tissues, viscera and body fluids from heifers and cows clinically healed, females and males slaughtered in the presence of the veterinarian or less than 24 hours after death,” he said.

He announced that samples will be sent to laboratories in Argentina, Colombia, the United States and Mexico for analysis and, based on the results, a contingency plan will be launched.

Montenegro said it expects to have the results in early April and begin eradicating the disease in Petén, the largest province in the country and the furthest from the capital, about 500 km away.

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Thousands of #livestock killed in #flooding in #Nebraska and #Iowa, #USA

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Farmers in parts of Nebraska and Iowa had precious little time to move themselves from the floodwaters that rushed over their lands last week, so many left their livestock and the harvest behind of 2018.

Now, as they watch the new lakes that overtook their property slowly recede, some have a painfully long time to reflect: They lost so much, staying in business will be a mighty struggle.

Across parts of the Midwest, hundreds of livestock are drowned or stranded; valuable unsold, stored grain is ruined in submerged storage bins; and fields are like lakes, casting doubt on whether they can be planted in 2019.

These are especially cruel times for Nebraska and Iowa farmers who had to scrape money to keep going just eight years ago, when floods overtook their lands in 2011.

“I would say 50 percent of the farmers in our area will not recover from this,” Dustin Sheldon, a farmer in southwestern Iowa’s flood-devastated Fremont County near the swollen Missouri River, said this week.

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1,190 #cattle #dead due to #drought in #SantoDomingo, #DominicanRepublic

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The drought that has affected the northwestern region of the country for months has caused the death of 1,190 head of cattle, generating an economic loss of RD $ 47.6 million, the Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benítez, informed Monday.

The official recalled that a series of measures are being implemented in support of the agricultural sector to alleviate the situation.

“Approximately a month ago the authorities launched an emergency plan that includes measures such as the delivery of food rations in the communities most in need, the distribution of molasses to feed livestock, and the dispatch of tankers to supply water to the population and agricultural producers, “he said.

According to the official, the most affected areas of drought at this time on the northwest line are Santiago Rodríguez, Montecristi and Dajabón.

Benítez said that since last year there has also been a drought in the southern zone in San Juan, Elías Piña, Barahona and Pedernales (severely).

Benítez referred to the issue of drought after the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Dominican Republic (Iaird) with the aim of establishing the legal framework within which relations for collaboration, cooperation will be developed and mutual support of both entities.

“There are two million cows according to the farmers themselves, and of those 1,190 died, which we regret because a farmer who has five cows and one dies is a serious loss,” lamented Benítez, reporting that in economic terms a cow costs RD $ 40,000.

He expressed that each cow produced around five or six liters of milk per day at RD $ 20 each.

To counteract the severe drought, Benitez said that the Ministry of Agriculture is delivering 20.00 quintals of rice, 10,000 tons of sugarcane, 16 sugar cane trucks from the Monte Llano sugar mill and has contracted 12 trucks on the northwest line that is carrying water to the winners and from the first of February to the date 600 gallons of water have been brought to the area.

He added that Agriculture has invested close to RD $ 100 million and “what we are doing is heating the arm”.

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10,000 #birds and #cattle #killed due to #disease in #QuanNgai and #KhanhHoa provinces, #Vietnam

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Specifically, from early 2019 until now, bird flu has occurred in Quang Ngai and Khanh Hoa provinces. The total number of poultry must be destroyed is 8,875. Currently, there is still one outbreak of bird flu in Khanh Hoa province over 16 days.

Also in the past 1.5 months, foot and mouth disease has occurred in small groups of households that have not been vaccinated in some provinces such as Lang Son, Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen, Quang Tri … Statistics show that the total number of cattle and foot and mouth disease is 757; destroyed 679 children. Notably, there are 4 provinces of Lang Son, Yen Bai, Thai Nguyen and Kom Tum still infected, but not over 21 days.

For blue pig disease, African swine disease, Wild pig disease, from the beginning of 2019, no arising. However, the risk of potentially infected cattle and poultry is assessed as large and worrying. For example, for Rabies, statistics in 2018, Rabies happened in 26 provinces and cities and caused 86 deaths (up 12 number cases with 2017). However, the management of domesticated dogs in many localities is not considered strictly by MARD.

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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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31,000 #cattle #dead during past 3 months due to #drought in #Colombia

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The high temperatures that have been registered in the country have reached 40 degrees centigrade. The president of the union expressed his concern, because as a result of this more than 250 thousand head of cattle have had to be displaced.

“Summer has hit the cattle sector hard, in regions with more intensity than others, the Caribbean Coast, especially in the dry low tropic part, is very affected, more than 31 thousand animals have been killed or killed, and more than 250 thousand animals have been displaced, “said the president.

So far, the most affected departments have been Casanare and La Guajira, places where the drought has damaged the prairies, making them dry and unproductive.

“We currently have silos and bales of food, most likely in February and March the livestock production units reduce their animal load by up to 50 percent,” he added.

Faced with this bleak landscape for farmers, the National Government will allocate resources to produce green and nutritious pastusas for livestock at any time of the year.

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