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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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Massive die off of cattle due to snowfall in the Plateau, Argentina

In the last hours, appeared on the plateau countless heads of cattle dead product of weather climate. There is much concern among producers in the area by these losses, which you would know how could impact the region’s stricken economy. So far no government agency reported on the causes of this phenomenon. There is no official data on the number of Heads of livestock were lost and the negative impact that could have on the area.
 
The copious snowfalls reached peaks of up to a meter deep in the territory. Numerous sheep succumbed against low temperatures.
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Dozens of cattle killed by ‘mysterious disease’ in Kurram, Pakistan

A least 40 cows and goats have been killed due to outbreak of a mysterious disease in Toda Cheena area of Central Kurram Agency.
 
Residents of the small village say every house has been affected due to the disease. Muhammad Saleem, a local resident, told TNN that his three cows expired during the last one week. He said this disease affects healthy cattle within a day or two and kill them.
 
The area people said the disease has killed 30 cows and 13 goats in the village so far. They demanded the government to send doctors for vaccination of cattle in the area.
 
Veterinary physician Inzar Gul told TNN that from the symptoms it seems the cattle have been affected from anthrax disease. However, he said it could be verified only after tests.
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50,000 cattle dead due to flooding in Corrientes, Argentina

The northern province of Corrientes became – in the last 20 days – a dramatic scenario for livestock producers. According to their calculations, about 50 thousand animals died due to the inclemency of the floods.
 
The province has 2.5 million hectares flooded in 11 departments. The most affected part is the northern part of the province, where it rained 1,000 mm in the last 25 days, when the area usually falls 1,700 mm throughout the year. It is estimated that there are 1.5 million bovine heads throughout the affected region
 
Manuel Garcia Olano, Secretary of Agriculture of Corrientes, was able to fly over the area two weeks ago and told Clarín that “the situation is devastating. There is a lot of dead property,” he said, because animals do not have to eat for days and die. ” The highest percentage of mortality occurs in calves, but there are also sheep, pigs and birds.”
 
Some $ 350 million of loss is estimated. Although, according to Olano, “the biggest losses are productive: losses of weight in the hacienda, loss of current pregnancy and surely the next pregnancy too,” he says.
 
“The total mortality we will know when the water goes down, but it will be very high, ” he warned. “And in addition, we estimate that even when it stops raining, the situation will be worse because in Corrientes, the grass grows only in the spring, so that the animals that survive will not have pastures to eat .” The province has a rodeo of 5 million bovine heads. There are fields, especially those of small producers, who are 100% flooded .
 
According to Olano, this is a productive but also a social problem. “Because there are about 8,000 producers that have less than 200 heads, that is, they are small producers that today only have the option to sell.” However, many are reluctant to do so and are limited to receiving the balanced feed that the provincial government sends them in canoes to where they are isolated.
 
This weekend the situation worsened because a bridge was broken and the route between Corrientes and Misiones was directly closed.
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Drought kills 130,000 livestock in Tanzania, Africa

Over 130,000 livestock have died in Tanzania due to the drought that hit the country in the 2016/2017 financial year, according to a senior official.
 
Charles Tizeba, Tanzania’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, said Friday that during the fiscal year, the country lost a total of 132,329 due to drought.
 
He said that drought has killed a total of 102,987 cattle, 14,881 goats, 13,815 sheep and 646 donkeys.
 
Tanzania is the third country in Africa having a large number of cattle, after Ethiopia and Sudan.
 
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Tanzania had 25.8 million cattle by early October 2015.
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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.”
Courtesy of elpatagonico.com

18,000 cattle dead after flash flooding in Samburu, Kenya

Flash floods sweep thousands of livestock in Samburu
Livestock farmers in Samburu County are counting losses after an estimated 18,000 heads of livestock were swept by flash floods following a heavy downpour in the county.
 
Livelihoods are now under threat in an area that has suffered the blunt of drought that has left hundreds of livestock dead due to starvation.
 
Speaking to Citizen Digital on phone, area Member of Parliament, Alois Lentoimanga said that the most affected areas by floods are Nyiro, Ndoto, Elbarta, Nachola, Angata and Baawaa wards where households have also been swept away by the floods.
 
Lentoimanga is now appealing to the government and the Kenya Red Cross to intervene, describing the situation as dire.
 
According to Joseph Lekaato, a resident of Bendera village in Samburu North Sub County, this is the worst loss that has never been experienced in the region.
 
“We have lost millions of shillings after our cattle, camels, goats, sheep and donkeys died of hunger and now rainfall,” Lekaato said.
 
The affected residents are now calling upon county and national governments to increase relief food distribution in the region.
 
Lenadongor said relief food and elderly money that is being received in the village is not enough to satisfy the affected community urging well wishers and government to visit the area.
 
According to the Meteorological Department, the months of May and June will be defined by heavy rainfall over several parts of the country.
 
High intensity is also expected over highlands west, central highlands, areas around Mt. Kenya and the Coastal region.
Courtesy of citizentv.co.ke