breeders forced to sell their animals


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M. Justet, S. Graziani, P. Pidou, V. Boulay, A. Guiro, O. Pergament – France 3

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Faced with drought, breeders sometimes find themselves forced to sell their animals, which they can no longer feed. They ask the state to intervene as soon as possible.

Yellow grasses are scorched by the sun in a pasture in Gard, Saturday August 6. There is no longer enough to feed Luc Hincelin’s herd. To continue his activity, the breeder will have to part with 180 ewes, out of the 430 they own. “The ewes will go to other breeders in small batches. It’s always heartbreaking, but we don’t have much choice“, he laments.

With the increase in the price of hay and its stock of fodder halved this year because of the drought, the bill is high for the farmer. In total, he must pay 27,000 euros more. Today, he asks the State to intervene to get out of it. “The situation is catastrophic and exceptional. Urgent aid measures are requested. No one is able to make it rain“, says Luc Hincelin.

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