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Drought poses a lot of problems for breeders, especially to feed their animals. Some are forced to revise their plans and sell their animals earlier than expected.
With scorched and dry soils that do not allow animals to be fed properly, the drought has very difficult consequences for animals and breeders. In the Chartreuse massif, the situation is very complicated for farmers. “Normally, it happens that we have a little dry spell in August but hey, seeing the mountain pasture all yellow like that, it’s still rare“, observes Olivier Bastien, breeder. The cows, which find almost no water points to hydrate themselves, produce much less milk than usual.
For other farmers, the drought has an even greater impact. In Charente, a breeder will have to sell 10% of his animals. “The animals that I should have sold next spring or summer, I have already put them on fattening so that they can leave in September. It will allow me to make cash to buy food“, describes Jean-Bernard Sallat, vice-president of the Chamber of Agriculture. The problem for farmers is the disappearance of well-defined seasons.
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