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Almost 30,000 cows have died in Camagüey, Cuba #Cows #Camagüey #Cuba

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Almost 30,000 cows perished in Camagüey until the end of July, 4,000 more than in the same period in 2019 and most of them due to malnutrition.

According to the official Adelante, only in the first seven months of the year 29,407 cows perished, 58% from hunger, which represents 4,212 animals more than last year.

Although the government does not have the sufficient capacity to properly maintain and exploit livestock, it prefers to hoard and lose them as a drain on hunger or thirst than to let Cubans use their meat or trade it in their own way to earn enough to support the rest.

Cuban breeders face the strict control of the regime, which although it does not give them anything to feed them or for other care that the animals require, they demand their quota and do not allow them to trade with them or their products, such as milk.

Meanwhile, despite the huge amount of cattle on the island, beef is practically prohibited in the territory’s stores and markets and when it is offered, it is in foreign currency stores with extremely inaccessible prices and it is also imported .

Although Camagüey is one of the provinces with the highest volume of livestock in Cuba, it is going through a great crisis in both milk and meat production.

Of the 161,449 cows of reproductive age in the region, only 74,995 are being milked, which represents 46%.

On the other hand, of the total number of cows and heifers of reproductive age, only 34% are in the artificial insemination program.

On the other hand, in the peasant sector, which owns 80% of these animals, only 23% are currently inseminated, while the rest get pregnant with free riding, but in many cases the bulls do not have good genetic conditions, also due to their bad nutrition.

Camagüeyan cattle farmers “owe” more than 13 million liters of milk to the industry so far, because after two years in which they have averaged approximately 90 million liters, this year they barely reach 75 million from an initial commitment of 88 millions.

The poor infrastructure of the Cuban food industry makes livestock farmers dependent on weather conditions, since cattle only eat grass, so in times of drought they run out of water and food, while hunger also affects them in case of storms.

This year’s drought has wreaked havoc on livestock, because if one of these animals stops drinking water for 24 hours it loses 10% of its body mass and after 72 hours its situation is classified as “impoverished”.

Of the 13 municipalities of Camagüey, only Sierra de Cubitas and Céspedes meet the agreed figures, while Guáimaro, Sibanicú, Jimaguayú and Camagüey are the most lagging behind.

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Lightning Kills 15 Cows in Ekiti, Nigeria #Lightning #Cows #Ekiti #Nigeria


Thunder last Saturday evening reportedly struck dead 15 cows at the outskirt of Ikogosi Ekiti community in Ekiti West Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The incident, according to Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua, was a natural occurrence, which he said was strange in the town.

Speaking with journalists via telephone conversation yesterday, Ademilua revealed that the incident happened at the Ikogosi warm spring site on Ipole-Ekiti road.

Ikogosi warm spring has been a notable recreational and tourist centre, where warm and cold spring converge.

The chief said the thunder was said to have struck during a torrential downpour that started around 4 p.m. that day.

According to him, “The whole town was shaken when the thunder struck, and later, some commuters coming into town and those returning home from their farms said they saw some Fulani herders who disclosed that it was thunder that killed their cattle.”

Also speaking on the incident , the Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola, alleged that the herders have been making spirited efforts to sell the cows to the residents, describing this as dangerous to the health of his people.

The monarch said he has reached out to his colleague at Ipole Ekiti, Oba Oladele Babatola, on the need to warn their subjects against consuming such desecrated animal.

“The two of us have alerted our subjects that there was an attempt to commence the sale of the dead cows, and we are making concerted efforts to prevent the intending buyers,” he said.

The monarch, however, called on the government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent spread of communicable diseases in the two towns.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said the incident has not been reported to the police, “because it was a natural occurrence.

“We have not been told, but if the owner of the cattle later realises that someone is responsible, he will report at the police station and we will surely rise to the occasion.”

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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