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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.”
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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.
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10,000 cattle dead due to ‘rare Spring snow storm’ in Colorado, USA

livestock Staggering Losses Being Recorded For Farmers, Ranchers After Blizzard
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Ranchers are dealing with a big problem from this past weekend’s blizzard in southeastern Colorado. The snowstorm killed thousands of cattle.
“They’ll actually drown in the snow. The snow will get up in their lungs,” said Prowers County rancher Justin Willhite, who lost a third of his cattle.
Seven foot high snow drifts buried cows and toppled acres of wheat crops in Prowers County and Baca County near the Kansas and Oklahoma borders, costing farmers millions of dollars.
There are no confirmed numbers yet, but it’s estimated as many as 10,000 cattle were killed in the rare spring storm.
After the storm dumped 30 inches of snow in some areas, the damage is compared to the blizzard of 2007, which was one of the worst snowstorms in state history.
“All those small communities, they depend on the farmers and ranchers to support their communities, to support jobs in their communities, so the effects could be really dire,” said Colorado Farm Bureau spokesman Chad Vorthmann.
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500 cattle dead due to drought in Zanatepec, Mexico

Bone residues of cattle, the same scattered in the cultivated fields, as stacked near a garbage dump, seems common for the peasants of Domingo Zanatepec, municipality located to the east of the Isthmus. To the farmers of the locality, the lack of water has caused the death of their cattle.
The scarcity of water due to the lack of rain in the last three years, causes dryness in the cultivated land. The grass, which in some crops has a color between yellow and brown, no longer nourishes the cows, so most of them are underweight, they are very thin.
In other areas of cultivation, even the yellow grass does not exist, the cattle, in their eagerness to mitigate their hunger, eat what they find in their path, land, if possible. “To a cattle that we found dead, dissecting the skin and they were pure bones, we noticed that the animal ate a complete hammock, and that is that they are hungry and they eat whatever it is”, explained Margot Nolasco Rojas, president of the Livestock Association Place of Zanatepec.
“It is quite critical, we do not have pastures that can eat the cattle, we are suffering because we have no way to feed them and they are practically dying. We have more than 500 dead cattle, we are talking about the months of February, March and what goes of April, and still what is missing, although it rains in May, if not, until June. “
To Margot, 50 cattle from February to date have died. And he says that “it is not a story” and invited the state and federal authorities to go to the eastern part of the Isthmus, mainly in Zanatepec, to make field trips and see reality. “It’s the graveyard of cattle.”
In a tour of the fields of cultivation, you can find the skeletal remains of animals that died of hunger and thirst. Cows, one by one, are falling through the drought. “This grass fills them but it does not nourish them, it’s fiber, it does not help much.”
“We want an urgent program to help our animals not die, we do not want money, we want pasture for our cows. It is a difficult time, because if there are no livestock, we say there is no meat, no milk or cheese, this is cyclical. The situation is worrying, “said Margot.
Aurelio Sánchez Velásquez, community farmer, reported the death of 30 cows and a stallion. “The bony cows came down in price. The cattle walk a lot to go get water, it is annihilated and that is hitting us very hard, I have 30 dead cows and a bull stallion.
In the eastern part of the Isthmus, where sorghum, sesame, maize, mango and papaya are planted, it has not rained since September last year, and in the last three years the rains have been plundered, which strikes the sector Agricultural, and livestock.
Aurelio Sánchez has spent the last few months collecting skeletal remains of cattle killed by drought, and stacked them in a vacant lot.
Livestock farmers in the area depend directly on the rain, and in the last three years it has not rained enough. The last recorded rain in the area was in August of last year.
The Regional Livestock Union of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec reported more than 1,500 head of cattle killed by drought in the entire region, ranging from Zanatepec, Juchitán, Santa María Xadani, La Ventosa, among other localities.
The peasants, who plant corn, sorghum, sesame, among other grains and fruits, are also suffering from lack of water.
In Barrio Lieza, in the municipality of Tehuantepec, peasants pack grain sorghum for sale to affected farmers. In an arduous work of eight hours under an inclement sun, they raise about 20 bales to sell at 25 pesos each.
Miguel Jimenez, a local farmer, predicted a difficult season for farmers. “There is no water in the dam, there is no hope that it rains a lot, but we will all sow every plant and God first raised some harvest.”
Don Miguel and his brother Fidel plant maize and sorghum in their fields. They depend directly on the dam to irrigate their land, but it is dry.
The drought also has an impact on the production of sorghum, an activity that is carried out by 70 percent of the peasants in the region of the Isthmus. Carlos Vásquez López, president of the State Council of Sorghum Producers said in the past three years have been losses due to rainfall, and producers have not even been able to recover investment from past plantings.
In the entire region of the Isthmus there are lands available for planting about 20 thousand hectares, although in view of the precarious situation and uncertainty among peasants, only about 15 thousand hectares could be planted, said Carlos Vásquez, who recalled that in 2013, 17 thousand hectares, in 2014, 16 thousand hectares, in 2015 were planted 14 thousand hectares of sorghum and in 2016 were 14 thousand hectares, that is, with the passage of the years, the production is decreasing.
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Hundreds of wild animals, including buffaloes and impalas have died in Laikipia County, Kenya

Vets have ruled out an anthrax outbreak in Laikipia County where a suspected zoonotic disease has killed wild animals in the region.
Hundreds of wild animals among them buffaloes, impalas and other herbivores have died in conservancies and ranches in the last two weeks.
Conservancy owners believe the disease must have been brought in and circulated across the expansive ranches and conservancies by animals belonging to illegal herders who invaded their farms mid-2016.
“We have no reason not to believe that the disease was brought in by the herders,” said Josh Perrett.
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Thousands of cattle dead due from wildfires in Kansas, USA

A cow grazes by a wildfire near Protection, Kansas, early Tuesday.
Rancher David Bouziden lost his home, his ranch and nearly all his cattle in wildfires that swept through Kansas this week.
“I’d say personally we probably lost close to 150 head, maybe,” he said. “That’s probably 90% of our cattle.”
Bouziden barely escaped the blaze, which set a state record for the most widespread single fire. On Monday, he was plowing a fireguard on his ranch in Clark County in Southwest Kansas when flames propelled by near-70 mph winds struck the pasture, he said. The smoke engulfed him, forcing him from his tractor to struggle through soot and ash. He could hardly see, he said, but managed to distinguish the outline of a hay shed where his pickup truck was parked.
Bouziden was able to drive to safety, but nearly all his cows were killed in the fire that consumed his home, three outbuildings, hay barns and machinery sheds.
“It burned every acre of the ranch. There’s not a blade of grass standing out there.”
Bouziden’s family has been in ranching for nearly 100 years, since his grandfather bought a few cattle in the 1930s. “This is all I’ve ever done,” he said.
His experience is typical of ranchers in Kansas this week, where grass fires have scorched more than 650,000 acres, devastating farming and ranching communities.
The destruction has been particularly pronounced in Clark County.
Randall Spare, a veterinarian in Ashland, the county seat, said Wednesday it’s too early to make a guess as to how many cattle were lost in the blazes; ranchers are still trying to assess the damage.
“It’s probably at least 2,000. It could be 6 or 7,000,” he said.
With spring approaching, many of the cows were calving, Bouziden said, and if the calves are added to the count, the number of animals lost could nearly double.
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Hundreds of cattle dead from wildfires on the plains of Colorado, USA

Firefighters have contained a grass fire that destroyed four homes and left about 200 head of cattle dead on the plains of northeastern Colorado.
Logan County spokeswoman Marilee Johnson says crews completed containment lines around the fire on Wednesday but were still working to extinguish hot spots, including hay bales.
Johnson says no human injuries were reported from the fire.
Ranchers in adjacent Phillips County reported they lost 200 cattle that were either killed by the fire or had to be killed because of their injuries. Authorities were still trying to determine cattle losses in Logan County.
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association appealed for donations of cash, hay and fencing supplies.
The fire started Monday in Logan County and quickly spread west to Phillips County ahead of gusty winds. The cause is being investigated.
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1,000+ cattle dead due to drought in Tehuantepec, Mexico

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More than a thousand head of cattle have died in the past two months in the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The extreme drought that lived this Oaxacan by lack of rain area three years has been the result, artesian wells are dry, there is no grass and not grains such as maize, sorghum and Sesame, the causes: global warming and climate change.
Don Juan tearing, originally from Santiago Ixtaltepec, don’t know what to do, despite the fact that he gave drugs to their cattle, ten have died, economic losses are many, as each animal varies between 15 and 20 thousand dollars.
“A month ago they began to die my critter, it took more than ten, weakness and anaemia caused by lack of food was that they could not resist, they folded and he found them lying on my land, it’s sad, because it is the fruit of my effort of many years”.
According to the drought Monitor in Mexico (MSM) of the service meteorological Nacional (SMN), Chahuites, Santo Domingo Petapa, San Francisco del Mar, San Francisco Ixhuatán, San Pedro Tapanatepec and Santo Domingo Ingenio have moderate drought, while reform of Pineda, Santo Domingo Chihuitan and Santo Domingo Zanatepec are classified as “abnormally dry”.
Juchitán, Salina Cruz, Tehuantepec and many other localities are classified with severe drought.
This severe drought facing the isthmus of Tehuantepec forced the closure of the dam Benito Juárez, located in Jalapa del Marques, three months before the historically established.
“This had not happened in any year. We carry three years us not raining on a regular basis. It is atypical. In 2008 we had a low-level, but occurred at the end of April, and not in February. That was the closest, but is too distant to the situation that we are living right now,”said Arnulfo Ramirez Rojas, the District Commander of irrigation 019 of the national water Commission (Conagua).
Jorge López Guerra, President of the Regional livestock Association of the isthmus of Tehuantepec and Isael Santiago Domínguez, President of the Asociación Ganadera San Pedro Huamelula, are distressed, daily receive reports of death of cows and bulls.
“In the isthmus we have thousand heads of cattle in these three years, however in these two months (January and February) it has worsened, daily we receive news that they have died, we are carrying out a census to inform authorities of Sagarpa and Sedapa facts and see if they support us with some payment of loss”.
To Jorge Guerra eight cattle have died you, and while it has invested him dry bales of food purchasing, he said is not enough, because in many fields, there is no water, everything is dry and that generates that they weaken.
“To me it makes me sad say that eight of my cattle have died, but it is true, we are desperate, luckily the Conagua already authorized the construction of 700 artesian wells, however there is a risk that the water does not reach the proximity in which it could dig, is a great concern that we are living” concerned.
Municipal authorities divert resources
Jorge Morgan, President of the local livestock Association of Juchitán reported that last year more than 2,000 farmers and peasants of Juchitán did not receive the support that federal and State authorities granted by sinister concept agricultural since resources were diverted.
He said that the support came at the hands of the Mayor of Juchitán, Saúl Vicente Vásquez, was 800 pesos per beneficiary, i.e. thousands of pesos which did not deliver and which secured were divided among their friends and accomplices.
“It is regrettable that the little money that do not receive it, it deviates with friends and family of municipal authorities, we hope that this year with the new authorities we delivered because although it is something, helps us to buy bales or pay our field workers”, said.
Moreover, Isael Santiago Domínguez, President of the Asociación Ganadera San Pedro Huamelula asked the National Institute of livestock to do surveys for review well all the field situation, since only last year benefited the municipality of Ixhuatan.
“Drought has caused death, lack of food, grain and pasture, sorghum has been aside by the aphid yellow plague, nobody responds, only see, know but they do not act, meanwhile the producer is losing their animals”, he said.
50 per cent of the livestock inventory of the State of Oaxaca is located more than in the isthmus of Tehuantepec. The UGRIT brings together 85 livestock associations of 42 municipalities throughout the isthmus of Tehuantepec, of which each one integrates 100 partners, thus adding 8 thousand 500 producers, who on average 35 head of cattle each.
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