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Anantapur Fodder Crisis Means Slaughter of Pregnant Cows

17 May 2013

INDIA – Government fodder schemes to help sustain starving cattle during the summer heat have not materialised resulting in pregnant cattle being sent for slaughter in Karnataka.

The extreme heat has put severe pressure on fodder supplies in Anantapur, in central eastern India, reports the New Indian Express.

Last year the government responded to similar drought issues by setting up three fodder centres at Madakasira, Kondur Manrotropu and Chilamatturu but have failed to respond to this year’s challenges, reports the New Indian Express.

Consequently, farmers are shipping cattle, some of which are pregnant cows, to neighbouring Karnataka in the west.

No official slaughter estimates are currently available but the New Indian Express has reported cattle being taken by the lorry load.

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