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Livestock: Temperature Fluctuations Could Lead to a Decline in Animal Production, DMN warns

Livestock: Temperature Fluctuations Could Lead to a Decline in Animal Production, DMN warns

Paru le mardi, 02 avril 2024 14:43

The Department of National Meteorology (DMN) has issued a “weather assistance bulletin for livestock farming” for the period from April 1 to 10. The bulletin aims to provide rural institutions, pastoral industries, and individuals with weather forecasts and advice related to livestock health, production variations, and disease emergence throughout different seasons.

The forecasts predict weather conditions that could hinder poultry, cattle, and pig production. Over the ten days, most parts of the country are expected to experience high temperatures ranging from 35 to 41°C. This could cause poultry to undergo slight to moderate stress, leading to reduced feed intake, increased water consumption, and a decrease in egg production, warns the DMN.

The majority of cattle production basins are predicted to experience moderate stress, potentially resulting in dehydrated animals, reduced rumination, and lower intake. This could lead to a decline in reproductive performance and milk production.

In pig farming, apart from the Western region where temperatures will be below 20°C, other production basins are expected to see a disruption in production, characterized by a decrease in feed consumption, an increase in water consumption, and a slight reduction in weight gain.

To sustain production, the DMN recommends regular watering of animals, providing shade, relocating them during the coolest times of the day, and increasing the ventilation rate in the buildings.

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