Minnesota’s long, snowy and windy winter is taking a toll on dairy barns in the state. At least 19 barns, most in the central, southeast and south central parts of the state, have collapsed due to the combination of snow and high wind, said Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.
Devastating flooding in Queensland’s northwest is feared to have killed about 500,000 cattle and left farmers with estimated costs of $5 billion – but most is not covered by insurance. The Cattle Council of Australia says the full extent of losses is difficult to calculate, but feedback from affected properties suggests more than 500,000 animals have died.
Summer temperatures in the southeast states of Australia can hit 40C or more, then drop dramatically and rapidly as cold fronts roll in. These temperature extremes are a challenge for people and beasts alike. One common finding during summer, particularly in young stock such as weaners, is pneumonia. The disease can be difficult to identify in livestock because early signs are subtle — a reduced feed intake and mildly increased breathing rate.
Farmers are still monitoring the impact of Hurricane Michael on their livestock. There have been reports of unexpected animal deaths in areas impacted by the storm - including southeast Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A post on Facebook from a farm in Georgia raising questions about the deaths of animals has been shared over 4,000 times and has over 900 comments with farmers sharing their stories.
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