Ruminant & Livestock Articles on Europe

Ruminant livestock producers taking advantage of cheap whole sugar beet prices must be careful about feeding quality, warn experts.

Positive FMD (foot-and-mouth disease) blood sample results have been reported in the village of Gramatikovo, Malko Tarnovo Municipality. The disease was found in a cow and 12 other ruminant animals.

Livestock farmers in Portugal and Spain face a fresh round of shutdowns and mergers, a situation provoking uncertainty among feed mills, as high grain costs add to the pressures forced by a "dire" economic situation. The beef sector faces shrinkage of about 10% in Spain, in line with that three years ago when grain prices last soared, a "high number for a sector characterized by its long production cycle", as farmers slaughter cattle at younger ages to save on feed bills.

Farmers have described how they are struggling to cope during the big freeze, with dairy producers having to dispose of milk, and warnings that animals could starve.

Sheep producers should ensure stock are kept away from rhododendron plants, after recent heavy snow has resulted in an upsurge in sheep being poisoned by the toxic shrub.