Farmers have to clothe their cattle because of bad weather in Italy

Farmers in Italy are suffering from cold weather caused by the Arctic cyclone. To save their livestock, farmers got creative and decided to keep the animals warm by clothing them, writes “Agro-Center”.

Animals that live in the south of the country were not ready for arctic frosts. To protect them, farmers clothed the animals in warm things. They are also heating the barns.

 “Farmers are clothing calves in coats, turning on heating lamps, heat water in feeders to 20 degrees, and feed cattle more to provide them with extra calories,”

said a representative of an agricultural association “Coldiretti”.

In general, Coldiretti’s data show that in 2018, due to climatic anomalies, Italian farmers lost more than 1.5 billion euros. At the moment, there are no forecasts for 2019. However, due to cold weather in the Apennines, there is a risk of an interruption of the supply of winter crops such as cabbage, broccoli, savoy cabbage, and chicory. Moreover, due to the additional costs of keeping livestock, prices for animal products will increase.

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