Cold spell kills more livestock in Negros Occidental

Posted on February 03, 2014

BACOLOD CITY -- Nearly 500 more farm animals in Negros Occidental have died due to the cold spell, a report by the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office showed.

As of Wednesday last week, losses have reached P3.09 million, and a total of 28 barangays have been affected.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante J. Decena said a total of 592 farm animals have died since Jan. 2. Hardest hit was the poultry industry as at least 486 gamefowl and egg-laying chickens, with a total value of P2.2 million, have died.

Other fatalities were 49 sheep, 38 swine, nine goats, seven cattle and three carabaos, all valued at about P894,000.

"My office has already mobilized paravets to provide technical assistance and medicines in the affected areas. They are also checking if there are other towns and cities affected by the animal deaths," Mr. Decena said.

Since Jan. 2, the temperature in Negros Occidental has been recorded between 25 and 26 degrees Celsius.

To mitigate the effects of cold weather on farm animals, Mr. Decena advised raisers to provide adequate housing, feeds and care by constructing barns and having hay or silage and other items as heat insulators.

He also said ruminant raisers should cut and carry grass during bad weather and not tether the animals in the fields, while gamecock raisers should construct closed facilities during typhoons and cold weather, or provide heaters. -- Adrian P. Nemes III