Take precautionary measures to protect livestock, vet says

The provincial veterinarian is advising farmers in Negros Occidental to take precautionary measures and vaccinate their livestock to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Placeda Lemana said on Thursday, February 15, that despite zero reports of livestock mortalities in the province due to the dry spell, farmers should take measures to protect their animals from extreme heat.

Among these measures are proper ventilation, ensuring that the animals are in a shady area, proper hydration, taking of vitamins and deworming, and vaccinating them to avoid diseases.

Lemana said that they have already advised local farmers on what to do during El Niño through information caravans, and monitoring by local veterinarians and para-veterinarians are ongoing.

The provincial government has already augmented their supply of vitamins and other medicines to take care of the livestock and protect them from El Niño, she added.*

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