At least one million farm animals in danger of running out of food, says this report out of Italy.
More than ten thousand sparrows, finches and other birds along with deer have been victims of bad weather, and the tragedy on farms is continually updated between the dead cows, sheep, horses, rabbits and chickens, because of hundreds of barns collapsed.
The new wave of snowfall and frost is threatening at least one million farm animals in danger of running out of food because the snow is hampering feed deliveries.
In addition, farmers are throwing away the milk because they can’t deliver it to town.
The cold has dramatically reduced dairy cow production by an average of 15 percent … and has “reduced by 4 million gallons per day that are lacking in the cheese and Italian tables”.
The animals consume more energy (eat more) to defend against the cold, while reducing the yield. This behavior even applies to hens, who lay up to 20 percent fewer eggs per day.
The big chill has also caused many abortions among sheep.
Thanks to geologist Mirco Poletto in Italy for this link