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Recent Heavy Rains Pose Risk To Livestock

Recent heavy rains soaking the territory mean livestock face an increased risk of disease, and farmers should make sure all their animals have a dry area to stay and to bed, according to the V.I. Department of Agriculture.

Extended periods of rainy weather can be extremely difficult for livestock. Stomach worms and ticks thrive during the rainy season and can cause disease, and even death in infected cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs, according to a statement from the department Tuesday.

“Animals that are confined to wet and muddy pens are at risk for many health problems, Agriculture Department Veterinary Services Director Bethany Bradford said in the statement.

"Mud can create severe foot problems like foot rot, which can prevent animals from getting to feed, and can lead to permanent lameness and bone infections. Additionally, wet manure gives off ammonia which can cause pneumonia, especially at the nose level of the animal. We are reminding livestock farmers of this increased risk and stand by to assist with any concerns,” Bradford added.

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She suggests livestock owners provide a dry area for all animals, including pigs, despite the thought that pigs like a wet, muddy sty to roll around in.

Keep animals out of the mud by placing pallets in the pens and fixing roofs to keep out the rain. Pallets can be obtained for free from any store and can be used safely to keep animals out of the mud. White lime is also available from any concrete supplier and can be spread on the mud to neutralize the ammonia odor. De-worming animals is also recommended by Agriculture.

For more information and assistance, call the Department of Agriculture in St. Croix at 778-0998 ext. 252 and 241; in St. Thomas at 774-5182; and in St. John 776-6274.

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Recent heavy rains soaking the territory mean livestock face an increased risk of disease, and farmers should make sure all their animals have a dry area to stay and to bed, according to the V.I. Department of Agriculture.

Extended periods of rainy weather can be extremely difficult for livestock. Stomach worms and ticks thrive during the rainy season and can cause disease, and even death in infected cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs, according to a statement from the department Tuesday.

“Animals that are confined to wet and muddy pens are at risk for many health problems, Agriculture Department Veterinary Services Director Bethany Bradford said in the statement.

"Mud can create severe foot problems like foot rot, which can prevent animals from getting to feed, and can lead to permanent lameness and bone infections. Additionally, wet manure gives off ammonia which can cause pneumonia, especially at the nose level of the animal. We are reminding livestock farmers of this increased risk and stand by to assist with any concerns,” Bradford added.

She suggests livestock owners provide a dry area for all animals, including pigs, despite the thought that pigs like a wet, muddy sty to roll around in.

Keep animals out of the mud by placing pallets in the pens and fixing roofs to keep out the rain. Pallets can be obtained for free from any store and can be used safely to keep animals out of the mud. White lime is also available from any concrete supplier and can be spread on the mud to neutralize the ammonia odor. De-worming animals is also recommended by Agriculture.

For more information and assistance, call the Department of Agriculture in St. Croix at 778-0998 ext. 252 and 241; in St. Thomas at 774-5182; and in St. John 776-6274.