Beef producers have experienced a significant rise in bovine ephemeral fever, commonly known as three day sickness, after receiving significant rain in February. The arthropod-borne virus carried by mosquitoes and biting midges is more severe in heavier cattle, bulls pregnant and lactating cows, and some losses have been confirmed.
Midlands Provincial Public Service inspector, Mr. Andrew Chimanyiwa, on Sunday lost 20 head of cattle after they were struck by lightning at his farm in Gwenhoro outside Gweru. This, officials have said, brings to around 50 the number of cattle killed by lightning in the province since the beginning of this month.
Recent rainfall has brought much needed relief from drought and heat across the Central Tablelands, but the wet weather can also pose risks for livestock - the Local Land Services warns. "Now that we've had some rain in most parts of the region, it's a good time to review the vaccination status of livestock and give booster injections where appropriate, particularly for clostridial diseases such as pulpy kidney."
The Vetphage Pharmaceutical is working on precision biology and handling the Judicial use of antibiotics for livestock industry which otherwise leads to Multi-Billion dollar losses from bacterial infections. Bhushan Bhavsar, MD of Vetphage Pharmaceuticals talks to Prabodh Krishna of BW Businessworld on the Issues leading to huge losses in poultry as well as aquaculture trade.
Balinese authorities have confirmed that the resort island has been plagued by African swine fever (ASF) following the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs in the province over the past few months. Despite the outbreak, authorities claim they have successfully contained the spread of the disease, as there have been no more pigs dying in the last few days.
The Australian wildfires that have scarred more than 20 million acres of land also figure to damage the country's economy. AccuWeather predicts Australia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020 will fall nearly one percent from a previously forecasted 2.75 percent growth, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia, to 1.90 percent because of the negative economic impact of the wildfires.
If the loss of millions of animals from raging wildfires in Australia wasn’t enough, news of another loss is circulating—that of over 5,000 camels. In a media statement, officials explained that the cull was needed to control the thousands of camels trodding into Aboriginal communities in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands, located in the northwest part of South Australia.
Ten days of continuous snowfall has left 2.8 million hectares of grassland in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region buried in deep snow, affecting herdsmen and their livestock. The agriculture and animal husbandry bureau of Bayan Nur City said on Wednesday that the snow-hit area accounted for 59 percent of the city's grassland area, with 11,174 rural households and more than 1.8 million livestock affected.
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