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‘Cull Unproductive Animals’

Livestock farmers in the Northern Division have been advised to cull unproductive livestock as the dry spell continues. Principal agriculture officer North John Cox said this was one of the
02 Aug 2015 10:10
‘Cull Unproductive Animals’

Livestock farmers in the Northern Division have been advised to cull unproductive livestock as the dry spell continues.

Principal agriculture officer North John Cox said this was one of the measures farmers would have to take to cope with the drought.

“But we have to be very clear about the fact that animals are not dying because of dehydration or starvation,” Mr Cox said.

“It has more to do with management issues like overcrowding in certain areas where there is little grass.

“Some of the animals were also relying on cane tops but some canefields were burned down and even fodder crop were also lost in fires.”

Mr Cox said all these issues were being managed.

“We have contingency plans in place like in some cattle farms, we’ve asked the farmers to destock.

“Also farmers are being advised to cart water and for people living near the creek to use water wisely.”

The livestock sector has been drastically affected by the dry spell.

He added there have been reported cases of livestock deaths in the region.

“The Bua and Macuata provinces have reported deaths of large animals, goats and cattle.

“We have to understand that during the dry spell, animals are under stress and in certain cases they become malnourished and are weak to secondary infections, diseases and worms,” he said.

“Animal feed, pasture and fodder have remained a challenge as large areas with good pasture have been lost in fires during the start of the dry spell.

He said as a result animals were straying to other areas in search of food.

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