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Hundreds of cattle dead due to wild fires in Portugal

Hundreds of cattle dead due to wild fires in Portugal


Hundreds of fish, birds and cattle were found dead in communities of Francisco Dumont, Brazil

Ten species of fish found dead in the river Riachão, Francisco Dumont, were taken to a lab in Montes Claros, on Wednesday morning (4), through an analysis. The fish are part of a sample of schools that are dying along the river. So far, the dead fish were found in the community wide, Boqueirão, district of Convancas to the community. To all, are 20 kilometers where the fish were found.
The Secretariat of Environment of Francisco Dumont was thrown by the Riverside population after a strong HailStorm that occurred on Saturday (30). The Secretary was on the scene, with the President of the Serra do Cabral, and the team found the death of countless chickens, wild birds and cattle. The rain lasted about five minutes and damaged crops, pasture, roofs of houses and Corral. In some parts of the municipality, the hail struck 30 cm tall. No person was injured.
“We received several calls and, along with the Serra do Cabral Institute, spent Tuesday inspecting the site; our concern is the water have been contaminated and the Riverside population be impaired. Part of the population believes that the deaths might have occurred due to a thermal shock, since there was ice buildup. But we need to confirm the motive, technically, to preserve the people and the animals that survived and if hydrate with water from the River, “explained the Secretary, Mehdi Rosa Lee.
The city of Francisco Dumont issued a statement advising the population living along the river not to consume water or fish from the River, until the report is issued. Civil Defence is in town and will provide water in tanker trucks to the population, in partnership with the city. Still no prediction of when the report is ready.
The Attorney General’s Office and the secretariat will operate and GIMS ISC to monitor the case. There is suspicion that, with the rains, the pesticides to crops in the region have reached the river. “The Institute was created in 2007 to fight environmental crimes. We are following the case to assist in procedures of determination of what happened with the fish, “said the President of the Office, Genésio Adam Fonseca filho, President of Codema of Francisco Dumont.
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Hundreds, possibly thousands of cattle dead from storm in Texas, USA

Texas agricultural officials fear thousands of cattle may have died in the aftermath of Harvey, resulting in losses to ranchers of tens of millions of dollars.
With more than 1.2 million head, the counties affected by Harvey are home to 1 in 4 of all beef cows in Texas, the nation’s largest producer.
Officials are still tallying the damages, but one report said that 250 cows were found in a pile after being washed down the Colorado River. Others found alive are often hungry, thirsty and worn out.
“We’re finding cattle in waist-deep water,” said Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture commissioner. “But when we try to drive them to dry ground, many of them just collapse, they’re so exhausted.”
For those that do survive the rescue, standing in water for days can cause stress or illness.
Dr. Dan Posey, a veterinarian and clinical professor with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said cattle standing in water will have weakened skin and hooves that are susceptible to infection. And the stresses of prolonged standing, lack of food and no drinkable water could make the cattle susceptible to respiratory disease.
“Not all of them will recover even though they were rescued,” Posey said.
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Mass die off of livestock due to storm in Baja California, Mexico

Livestock dies in the Municipality of Loreto, due to the impact of the tropical storm Lidia, which lashed the state during last week.
When beginning to re-establish communication with the rancherías of the Municipality of Loreto, terrestrial data on the death of cattle mainly goat are beginning to know, a situation that will be a serious blow to the economy of families.
Since after the drought they were facing, the presence of the natural phenomenon Lidia, and its strong impact in this region, ended with the lives of many animals.
As we were told by ranchers of this region goat cattle died in many ranches due to the cold caused by the water and the strong winds, in the case of the greater cattle the death of these occurred because the animals were dragged by the streams, in both cases the number of dead animals has not been fully counted.
So far it is known that in the areas of Santa Cruz, Hutamote, San Juan Londó and San Javier, there is a loss of animals by the ranchers.
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2,474 cattle have died, ‘reason unknown’ in Chuquisaca, Bolivia

The mayor of Macharetí, Eduviges Chambaye, confirmed on Thursday that 2,474 heads of cattle died in no more than a month due to unknown causes, a sanitary situation that alarmed the cattlemen of that region of Chaco de Chuquisaca.
“The official data that the professionals of the municipality of Macaharetí, the Government of Chuquisaca and the Senasag (National Service of Agricultural Health and Food Safety) made a total of 2,474 livestock,” he told reporters.
Chambaye detailed that 16,000 cattle are in that risk zone, of which 873 are sick, 253 farms or corrals that were inspected by the technicians of these three institutions.
He argued that two of three laboratory tests ensure that the massive death of cattle is due to hemoparasites, intoxication and clostridiosis, which are fatal diseases affecting cattle.
These results correspond to the Laboratory of Investigation and Diagnostic Veterinary (Lidivet) of Santa Cruz and to the Integral Agricultural Laboratory Villa Montes, Tarija, respectively, added.
While the Laboratory of Water, Soils and Plants of the Gabriel René Moreno University of Santa Cruz, will just deliver the final results tomorrow, Friday, as it is a function of a cognitive test on mice, complement.
Macharetí has ​​an approximate area of ​​nine thousand square kilometers and is located at a distance of 450 kilometers from the city of Sucre.
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2 MILLION cattle dead due to ‘devastating drought’ in Ethiopia

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that two million animals have been lost to a “devastating” drought in Ethiopia.
The UN agriculture agency said that the drought had devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources.
It said the current food and nutrition crisis was significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods.
“For livestock-dependent families, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for children, pregnant and nursing mothers, for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition. With up to two million animals lost so far, FAO is focusing on providing emergency livestock support to the most vulnerable pastoralist communities through animal vaccination and treatment, supplementary feed and water, rehabilitating water points, and supporting fodder and feed production”.
FAO stressed that supporting the herders to get back on their feet and prevent further livestock losses was crucial in the Horn of Africa country, where hunger had been on the rise.
“The drought has led to a significant number of animals dying or falling ill, particularly in the southern and south-eastern regions of the country, as other areas recover from previous seasons’ El Niño-induced drought,” the UN agency warned.
It also said that drought-hit pastoralists were facing reduced milk production, rising malnutrition, and had limited income-earning capacity and severely constrained access to food.
Abdoul Bah, FAO Deputy Representative in Ethiopia, said “Some 8.5 million people – one in 12 people – are now suffering from hunger; of these, 3.3 million people live in Somali Region.
“It is crucial to provide this support between now and October – when rains are due – to begin the recovery process and prevent further losses of animals. If we don’t act now, hunger and malnutrition will only get worse among pastoral communities.”
According to Bah, by providing supplementary feed and water for livestock, while simultaneously supporting fodder production, FAO seeks to protect core breeding animals and enable drought-hit families to rebuild their livelihoods.
In addition to FAO-supported destocking and cash-for-work programmes to provide cash for families, he said animal health campaigns would be reinforced to protect animals, particularly before the rain sets in – when they are at their weakest and more susceptible to parasites or infectious diseases.
Bah said FAO urgently required $20 million between August and December to come to the aid of Ethiopia’s farmers and herders.
“FAO has already assisted almost 500,000 drought-hit people in 2017 through a mix of livestock feed provision, de-stocking and animal health interventions,” he said. .
The support was courtesy of the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund, Switzerland, Spain and Sweden through FAO’s Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, as well as FAO’s own Early Warning Early Action fund and Technical Cooperation Programme.
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Anthrax kills cattle in western South Dakota, USA

Anthrax is responsible for dead cattle in southeastern Pennington County, South Dakota, State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven confirmed Monday, Aug. 21.
At least nine adult cattle in the heard that had not been vaccinated against anthrax died suddenly last week.
Anthrax spores survive indefinitely in contaminated alkaline soils. All areas of South Dakota are susceptible to an outbreak, especially when there are significant climate changes such as drought, floods and wind, which can expose anthrax spores to grazing livestock.
The state advises producers to consider anthrax if their cattle die suddenly. Affected animals are often found dead with no prior illness detected. Suspicious cases should be reported immediately to a local veterinarian or to the state veterinarian at the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.
Anthrax can be passed to people and other animals, so producers should take precaution when handling, moving or disturbing carcasses. The state has strict quarantines and requires proper disposal of carcasses from livestock suspected to have died from anthrax.
Livestock can be vaccinated for anthrax. Producers are encouraged to visit with their veterinarians.
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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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Hundreds, maybe thousands of cattle dead from flooding in Gujarat, India

Khriya one the worst flood-hit villages in Thara taluka of Banaskantha, from where bodies of 17 members of a family were pulled out of 2-3 ft of sludge early this week, is like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
People here fear of an epidemic outbreak as hundreds of dead cattle are still lying unattended, some on the roof tops, outskirts of the village and in nearby farms.
The stench from the already decayed carcasses has become unbearable and villagers have been left to fend for themselves with very little support from the district administration.
Khariya sarpanch Indrasinh Vaghela said not less than 1,500 cattle carcasses were lying in the village and near by fields. He fears that more dead cattle could be lying in other farms, which are still inaccessible due to flood waters and thick layers of muck.
“The flood waters were so fierce that the buffaloes were flung over the rooftops. When we returned after the waters receded, we found dead cattle everywhere, some were lying on rooftops and in fields. The district authorities have provided couple of earthmovers, but they are inadequate. The carcasses have decayed so much that if you try to lift it by earthmovers, it breaks off,” Vaghela told TOI adding, “We fear that that this could lead to epidemic outbreak in the village.” Another villager Vanraj Thakore, wading through ankle-deep muck in his house, said he lost two of his buffaloes. “We have got little help from the government in removing the dead animals. The carcasses are in such huge numbers that it is virtually impossible for us to remove it ourselves,” Vanraj said.
When contacted Banaskantha district collector Dilip Kumar Rana said they have already disposed over 2,500 dead cattle from flood affected villages. He also assured that if there are dead animal still in the village, he would send teams to dispose it off immediately.
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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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