“A disaster! They dropped like flies.” 50 cows died in a few minutes, one after another, under the horrified gaze of the breeder, in a field in Italy
They died one after another. Fifty cows killed by sorghum, a very resistant plant in drought conditions. At least this is the hypothesis of experts from the Zooprophylactic Institute in Italy. The cause of death, however, will be determined following the tests. “I also asked the farmers in the area, no one remembers a similar fact”says the mayor of Sommariva del Bosco, the Italian region of Cuneo, where the horror occurred.
“A disaster! They dropped like flies.” 50 cows died in a few minutes, one after another, under the horrified gaze of the breeder, in a field in Italy – torino.corriere.it
“They dropped like flies. Without us being able to do anything to save them”says Giacomino Olivero, Piedmontese cattle breeder in Sommariva Bosco.
The 58-year-old Italian is in shock after a third of the animals he raised died in front of him while grazing. And the images captured on the field in Cuneo are terrible.
“A disaster! The vets have just arrived to collect the cow carcasses. The truck is waiting to take them away”says Giacomino, according to La Repubblica.
Next to him is his grandson, who was also present when the 50 cows died in the field.
The animals “began to tremble, fall and suffocate”
On Saturday, Giacomino Olivero, a longtime Piemontese cattle breeder, took his 160 cattle, most of them pregnant, to a plot of land he owned about a kilometer from the stables. A field cultivated with sorghum, a plant that can adapt to particularly hostile environmental conditions, resistant to drought. The animals began to graze and then, one by one, fell dead.
“The heifers and adult cows started shaking, falling and suffocating. All within a few minutes. It was terrifying. It all happened in just a few minutes. We immediately raised the alarm and the company veterinarian intervened, together with the forest carabinieri from Bra. We tried to save the other animals”says Olivero.
As for the causes of the misfortune, there is no doubt that it was sorghum, writes Corriere della Sera. In drought conditions, the young plant develops toxic substances, including hydrogen cyanide, which is lethal to cattle.
“Farmers know that sorghum and corn can produce toxins when under water stress: dairy farmers know this well. But no one expected something this serious.”explains Elia Dalmasso, from Cuneo, recently appointed president of Ara Piemonte e Liguria, an association of breeders that brings together 6,300 farms from the two regions, over a million head, of which 300,000 are Piedmontese cattle.
The Institute Zooprophylactic Institute continues to carry out tests on the material taken on Saturday at Sommariva del Bosco, to establish the cause of death of the animals.
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