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'Take extra care of livestock during monsoon'

punjab Updated: Jul 04, 2013 18:26 IST
HT Correspondent

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on Thursday issued advisory for the farmers and cautioned them to take extra care of the livestock during monsoon.

In a statement issued by the university, Dr AL Saini, head, department of livestock production and management, said during monsoon, humidity rises and it might increase inside the sheds due to waste of animals, that leads to worsening of microclimate. This goes beyond comfort limit and leads to various kinds of problems, like stress, injury, infections diseases and parasites, etc.

Saini said, “Hot and humid conditions may cause outbreaks of infectious diseases, like salmonellosis, colibacillosis, mycotoxicosis and parasitic infestation. Increased incidences of hemorrhagic septicemia (HS) and black quarter (BQ) disease are also common to develop in humid conditions.”

“If not treated, these animals can become permanently infected. During the rainy season, infected animals can contaminate the soil, which can increase possibility of transmission of disease to other animals”, he said.

The university has advised the farmers to use feed stored in moisture-proof stores to avoid contamination especially with aflatoxins.