Livestock farmers in Lyantonde district have appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to combat an outbreak of a strange disease in cattle. Dr Ronald Bameka, the district veterinary ofﬁcer, said the rare strain has killed more than 300 head of cattle. According to Bameka, the disease was ﬁrst reported in April when several farmers lost cattle.
Crops and livestock can face similar risks, but livestock is uniquely vulnerable to disease outbreaks that can inflict huge losses. Livestock diseases have a significant impact on the economies of different countries. Costs can come from both the direct expenses of culling infected animals and vaccination and the indirect costs of suspension of exports in the medium to long term.
It is being described as the biggest animal disease outbreak the world has ever seen. African swine fever (ASF) has spread widely across Asia since it was first discovered in August 2018. Official figures from China show the national pig herd had declined by 32% year-on-year by July 20191, with an estimated 100 million pigs lost by the end of 2019.
At a far-flung village in Oshana region in northern Namibia, Paulus Nuyoma herded his eight cattle to a water pond. “One, two, three…eight cattle are what I was left with after my livestock perished due to a dry spell. Not only is that, but looking on, this is the healthiest the cattle have looked in four years,” he said on Friday.
In the times of rising inflation, animal husbandry has also become a challenge but the government is fully supporting the farmers to increase their income through animal husbandry. Now the good news is animals will also have life insurance & the insurance company will give compensation to the insured animals on any kind of animal loss.
Warm and dry weather interspersed with isolated moisture advanced spring crop development ahead of average gains for this time of year, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, continued hot and windy conditions depleted soil moisture supplies and crop stress from lack of moisture was noticeable.
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.
Floodwaters can rise quickly, cutting off access to feeding and/or water for livestock. Livestock producers should make plans for moving feed and livestock to higher ground before flooding this spring, North Dakota State University Extension specialists say. While the latest flood forecast showed some improvements, many areas of North Dakota are projected to experience moderate to major flooding this spring.
The Gujarat government would provide an assistance of Rs 900 per month to farmers who switch to "cow-based organic farming", it said. The announcement was made by Finance Minister Nitin Patel while presenting a Rs 2,17,287 crore budget for 2020-21. The government intends to cover around 50,000 farmers under the scheme, he said.
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