Archive | May 18, 2017

Thousands of animals and birds dead due to a storm in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina

El temporal los golpeó con una masiva mortandad de animales de granja.
The storm hit them with a massive death of farm animals
This is indicated by a survey carried out by the Emergency Committee of the Periurban of Comodoro Rivadavia, which created the INTA Experimental Station in conjunction with producers and institutions. Preliminary data show that about 50% of animals from these farms and farms were killed. There were also significant losses in food production and infrastructure.
Thousands of dead animals and birds and spoiled food had to be discarded. The consequences of the storm were heavy for the producers of the periurban sector of Comodoro Rivadavia, which on the second day of the onset of rain began to work knowing that the first downpour had already caused serious damage. 
On Tuesday night, the INTA Experimental Station (National Institute of Agricultural Technology), together with producers and other institutions, presented the report on damages prepared by the Emergency Committee of the Periurban of Comodoro Rivadavia and zone of influence, which was created To work in this crisis situation with the support of the Carelhue Producers Association, National Agro-Food Sanitation Service (SENASA), the Municipal Commodore Knowledge Agency, the Chubut Development Corporation (CORFO) and other institutions. 
The first data of the work, which will later be loaded in a Geographic Information System, indicate that at least 180 of the more than 300 agricultural and livestock producers in the city were affected. It is that in a first sample, as Juan José Magaldi, veterinarian and head of the Experimental Station explained, all producers relieved to a greater or lesser extent were harmed. 
“I believe that the affectation is total.If there are differences because there were people who because of the situation of the land did not lose animals, but lost food, infrastructure and corral.That is why I would say that without affectation there is nobody.In addition, but lost animals lost something Of its working capital, “explained Magaldi. 
“But the previous thing that one could say is that a lot of animals died.” In adult animals, there is an average of 50%, and the offspring in some cases died in large numbers, as happened with piglets that died in 80%, while chicks Died less than 20%, “he said in an interview that provided El Patagónico with Yolanda González, producer president of Carelhue; And Corina Mercado, a reference and production company in the neighborhood of Sarmiento. 
The veterinarian argued that this situation was probably due to a size issue. “Those who had to save animals were first to the weakest, and saved the chicks and drowned the chickens,” he said. To illustrate, he said: “There are a significant number of dead horses for the population that was there, because in the places where the mud entered the horses were stuck.”
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2,200 reindeer to be killed due to disease in Nordfjella, Norway

In a controversial decision, Norway’s agriculture minister has said he would have 2,200 wild reindeer killed in the country’s southern mountain region of Nordfjella in an attempt to stop chronic wasting disease, public broadcaster NRK reported Monday.
“It is perhaps the hardest decision I have taken as minister for agriculture and I am sure many will question it,” Jon Georg Dale was quoted as saying.
Dale is acting on the advice of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority who told his ministry to quickly slaughter all reindeer in Nordfjella to stop the spread of the illness, NRK reported.
“This is a difficult decision, because we know that we are most likely to get new reindeer with the disease. It is, however, still necessary to eradicate the infection in the area,” he said.
The minister emphasized that the professional advice from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety was so clear that he believed it was an unavoidable decision.
“I have had a meeting with all three of the agencies more than once to make sure there are no other options,” Dale said.
The three agencies wrote that the chance of successfully eliminating the disease would be significantly reduced if the slaughter had not been completed within a year.
The exterminations will probably start during summer this year, he announced.
“I will not, finally, conclude how we choose to do this. It is possible to look into several ways, either with hunting, combining hunting and mobile slaughterhouse, or just the last,” Dale said.
In addition, a concrete plan must be prepared as to how to reconstruct the wild reindeer herd as quickly as possible.
The wild reindeer herd in Nordfjella consists of an estimated 2,200 animals, which makes up 10 percent of the Norwegian wild reindeer herd.
Chronic wasting disease was detected last year in three wild reindeer in Nordfjella and in two moose in the county of South Trondelag. There are no other known cases of the disease in Europe.
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