Dzud kills more than one million animals in Mongolia

Dzud is a bad drought followed by a harsh cold winter.

So far this year, more than one million animals have been killed by the dzud in Mongolia.

In Mongolia it hasn’t rained since last July and this winter temperatures dropped to as low as -50C for days on end.

Snowfall covered up to 60% of the country and fell heavier than usual.

Thanks to Kevin A for this link

15 thoughts on “Dzud kills more than one million animals in Mongolia”

  1. Drought and extreme cold – Sounds like Mongolia’s ice age has already begun, ahead of the rest of the inhabited world.

  2. is anyone else here getting a bit puzzled at how many YEARS in a row now we keep getting this HUGE death toll announced in Mongolia??

    let me run this by you all
    an average cows gestation period is roughly 10 months
    now IF the cows in very good pastures and in good condition she can get pregnant again in the next month or so if careless owners dont keep the bulls away
    the cow will have the calf at foot and feeding for at least SIX months
    so you can work on a reproduction rate of a calf every 30months at the very best allowing time for one to grow and wean and one IN the belly.
    Nutrition Climate stress and age all have a bearing on how good the percentage of full term live you get. in close monitored herd with (AI for good genetics etc often)excellent care worming etc etc
    90% +would be damned good
    In the wild, not the best feed etc, AND another Huge assumption that the bulls are in brilliant condition and max fertility…. a rate of 70/5% would be considered excellent
    my point being out of every 100 cows the best reproduction rate you could expect in an excellent year might be -BIG might- 70 young

    goats and sheep average around Five months pregnancy.
    so you could, maybe, in Ideal conditions with healthy young mums maybe manage one or twins on ground and a new pregnancy beginning 3 mths later so increase is max two per year avg per animal,
    goats usually being more likely to twin or triplet.

    sorry I am being detailed BUT..I want you to consider that these animals are not in great pastures with regular worming and pest etc maintained conditions..they are run on open steppes in SMALL herds of hundreds at most I would say, not thousands like in Aus for eg.

    we read the herders are giving up and moving to cities for an easier life.
    so now considering the above, if they lost a million head of whatever for the last 3 or 4 years. HOW???? on gods green earth could the poor and very few surviving animals have managed to magically reproduce 100% ? and build herds up to the numbers claimed lost again and again?
    it simply is NOT possible!
    we have drought/flood deaths/destocking in Aus and it takes YEARS to even get back to the numbers prior let alone even get close if we lost those numbers in consecutive years..and we can and do have areas we can repopulate from ..most of the time.
    but cattle from down sth dont do well in tropics/sheep from inland aus die in cold wet sth climes or struggle for a year till they adapt (maybe)
    and the progeny survival rates I mention above do not account for illness/ predator/s bad weather and malnutrition deaths..theres always some..we can lose an awful lot of new lambs due to cold wet n windy weather as well as foxes wild dogs and dingos and the odd eagle .
    and thats in smallish fifty to hundred acre paddocks, with farmers doing a daily round to watch over..and mothers die giving birth due to natural difficulty young heifer / breech birth/ one large baby getting stuck and dying and twinning tc etc.

    I am suspecting a large number of these claims are bogus..possibly due to claims of losses and some govt or other handouts made in compensation?

    anyone else doing the sums here thinking similarly?

    • Agriculture in Mongolia constitutes 20.6% of Mongolia’s annual Gross domestic product and employs 42% of the labor force. However, the high altitude, extreme fluctuation in temperature, long winters, and low precipitation provides limited potential for agricultural development. The growing season is only 95 – 110 days.[1] Because of Mongolia’s harsh climate, it is unsuited to most cultivation. Only 1% of the arable land in Mongolia is cultivated with crops, amounting to 1,322,000 hectares (3,266,000 acres) in 1998.[2] The agriculture sector therefore remains heavily focused on nomadic animal husbandry with 75% of the land allocated to pasture, and cropping only employing 3% of the population. Crops produced in Mongolia include corn, wheat, barley, and potatoes. Animals raised commercially in Mongolia include sheep, goats, cattle, horses, camels, and pigs. They are raised primarily for their meat, although goats are valued for their hair which can be used to produce cashmere.

  3. It didn’t hit the MSM, so it is obviously unimportant! Driving the Agenda down our throats is much more important. As Liberals find they can’t push the individual around, the clubs with spikes in them will come out–actually have already began to come out. In the winter of ’49 & ’50, I saw cattle freeze & starve. They air- dropped hay to them, but the cattle couldn’t find it in the deep snow. My heart goes out to those poor people & their animals. Fiddlin Ferch

    According to the relevant trilateral agreements and published topographic maps, the junction point of the China–Russia border, the China–Mongolia border, and the Mongolia–Russia border is the top of a peak with the elevation of 4081 or 4104 m, at the coordinates 49°10′13.5″N 87°48′56.3″E[3][4][5] The mountain peak is referred to in the agreements and maps as the Tavan Bogd Peak (Russian: Таван-Богдо-Ула, Tavan-Bogdo-Ula; Mongolian: Таван Богд Уул, Tavan Bogd Uul), or Mount Kuitun (Chinese: 奎屯山; pinyin: Kuítún shān).[3][4][6]
    Due to its remote and hard to access location, on a mountain covered with eternal snows, the three states have agreed not to install a border marker at the tripoint.[3]
    Other sources claim that the tripoint is called Nairamdal Peak, but this is not confirmed either by official agreements or by maps.
    Some other peaks of the Tavan Bogd massif are located on the China–Mongolia border or the Mongolia–Russia border. In particular, the massif tallest point, the Khüiten Peak, is located on the China–Mongolia border, about 2.5 km south of the tripoint. In the past, it was known as the “Friendship Peak” (Nairamdal Uul in Mongolian, or Youyi Feng 友谊峰 in Chinese).[7]
    The main peaks of the Tavanbogd massif are:
    Name Height (metres)

    Khüiten Peak
    Nairamdal Peak
    Bürged Peak 4,068
    Malchin Peak
    Olgii Peak 4,050

    The Tavan Bogd Mountains and glaciers
    According to satellite measurements, the total area of the glaciation in the Tavan Bogd massif area amounted to 204 km2 in 2009.[7] The glaciates area was 213 km2 in 1989; in other words, the glaciers lost 4.2% of their area over the 20 years.[8]
    Out of the countries that share the massif, the largest glaciated area is in Mongolia; it includes the Potanin Glacier (Mongolia’s longest) and the Alexandra Glacier.
    According to a 2011 estimate, the northern (Russian) slope of the Tavan Bogd massif contains 12 glaciers, which cover the total of 22.8 km2.[9] According to the Russian researchers, the glaciers of the massif’s northern slope have lost 11% of their area between 1962-2002, and another 12% in 2002-2009.[10]
    In addition I wonder what that has done for the north facing glaciers of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan Mountain ranges.
    No doubt as most of the WIKI and AGW reports stop recording in 2009/2010, perhaps their hoping that the Joe public will assume that melting and receding glacier are the norm and the melt continues when the opposite is happening.
    In addition, I wonder what that has happened for the north facing glaciers of the Hindu Kush and Himalayan Mountain ranges with this excess snow fall in North Asia.

  5. I saw a video on YouTube about 2016 dzud but i was wondering how wild animals got through this “rare” event. Dzud killed 1 million livestock + wild animals? “-50C for days” and during nights? In Mongolia the difference between day and night is about 15C, thats siberian cold!

  6. Puzzled by this comment:

    In Mongolia it hasn’t rained since last July and this winter temperatures dropped to as low as -50C for days on end.
    Snowfall covered up to 60% of the country and fell heavier than usual.
    So how can there be an ongoing drought if 60% of the country is covered in snow ???

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