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Extreme Weather Creates Livestock Catastrophe

Touch the Soil #1252 (Feature photo – Drought Conditions in Australia Before the Flooding – CCA 3.0 Unported) The extreme droughts in Australia have been ongoing for five years with livestock operators praying for rain. With pasturelands collapsed and having to ship in expensive feed, the livestock sector in Queensland, Australia has become dire. Finally the rains came and didn’t stop. Now, estimates are that 500,000 head of cattle have been killed in the Queensland floods. You can read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/11/up-to-500000-drought-stressed-cattle-killed-in-queensland-floods Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Touch the Soil News #543 The Waterkeeper Alliance in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group just finished its review of Hurricane Matthew’s rampage through North Carolina’s coastal plain last month. The massive rains flooded more than 140 feces-strewn swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with hog waste and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields. The storm killed an estimate 5 million chickens and turkeys and thousands of hogs. Hurricane Matthews’ floodwaters surge through a chicken CAFO, carrying pathogens and other pollutants downstream and ultimately into the ocean (photo courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance). The review of the risks associated with having CAFOs (confinement animal feeding operations)…

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