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Cold spell threatens northern livestock

Update: January, 04/2012 - 09:48

 

A lighting system has been installed to keep pigs warm on a farm in Ha Noi's Tu Liem District. Temperatures have plummeted in the northern region, putting livestock at risk. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI — Farmers living in suburban districts of Ha Noi have taken measures to prevent freezing and diseases among animals and poultry during cold weather.

The move aims to ensure meat supplies during Tet (Lunar New Year).

Tran Van Chien, head of Co Dong Livestock Co-operative, of Son Tay Town, said pig farms of the co-operative would not hold on to pigs.

He said the co-operative planned to sell nearly 2,000 tonnes of pork during Tet holiday.

Pigs cost about VND54,000-57,000 (US$2.5-2.7) per kilo liveweight.

Le Van Chu, a fish farmer of Ung Hoa District's Phuong Tu Commune, said the weather was cold and dull and the lack of sunshine was causing reduced oxygen levels in pond water, so he had to use aeration machines. Other farmers who raised cows or pigs were also worried about their animals' health because the weather was getting colder and colder.

Chairman of Ba Vi District-based Van Hoa Commune People's Committee Nguyen Dinh Hong said cold weather had hit milk production on dairy units.

 

A new cold spell will directly hit the northern region this morning, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has said.

During the next three days, the lowest temperature in Ha Noi is predicted at 9 degree C and the highest 17 degree C with light rain in the north and heavy rain in the south.

The herd of 1,700 cows usually gave over 1,500 kilos of fresh milk daily, he said.

Therefore, farmers had to warm their cows by lighting lamps and closing up their barns, he said.

The Ha Noi Health Animal Department said farmers were advised to provide food containing vitamins to raise their animals' resistance to diseases.

They should also keep enclosed facilities clean.

There were about 1.53 million pigs and 18 million poultry city-wide, meeting 60 per cent of the capital's meat consumption, the Ha Noi Agriculture and Rural Development Department said.

The northern mountainous Cao Bang Province People's Committee has decided to spend VND3 billion ($144,000) to provide information to local farmers on how to prevent freezing for cows and buffalo. — VNS

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