Intense Snowfall May Cause Losses of 70 Percent of Sheep in Argentine Highlands

The Rio Negro province has already declared an agriculture emergency to address the current situation, which could worsen according to the latest weather forecasts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Snowstorms and frosts in the high areas of the Argentine Patagonia Rio Negro province could cause the death of 70 percent of the flock, according to estimates from the provincial Livestock Secretariat, Tabaré Bassi.

Together with technicians from the Agriculture Technology Institute, INTA, officials made a first estimate of losses in the snow-covered highlands next to the Andean cordillera, but will have to wait until October to have a more exact estimate. “Anyhow we are talking of at least 100,000 sheep and 5,000 cattle.”

Bassi called for prudence in assessing the dimension of . . .

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