Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena is advising farmers to prepare for the effects brought by the rainy season, especially during calamities.
Decena yesterday said rains often result in animal fatalities caused by exposure to the cold weather, and bacterial diseases and internal parasitism.
He said that, grazing animals such as carabaos are often vulnerable to respiratory and gastrointestinal bacterial diseases that come with exposure to rain and from consumed grasses.
Internal parasitism is also prevalent because parasites in the larval stage are present in grasses in the morning when animals graze, he said.
The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office is urging farmers to plant edible grasses and plants ahead of the La Niña phenomenon as they can use these as cut-and-carry food for the animals, he said.
Decena said the farmers can air dry the grass and plants, and store them in sacks or hang them in cool dry places in preparation for calamities.
Farmers must also secure a place of higher elevation for the animals in flood-prone areas such as towns and cities in Central Negros, he said.
Animals in mountainous areas must be also provided dry and warm shelter to prevent hypothermia, he said.
Farmer should also consult with the PVO district offices and barangay volunteers/paravets for deworming and vaccination of their animals to avoid infections, he also said.*KBC
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