Don’t put animals to pasture, says report
Putting big animals out to pasture may not be wise these days due to the worsening heat, especially once the weather bureau declares the onset of the dry season next week, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) reported.
The PIA, quoting Aklan senior agriculturist Dr. Gervase Radislao, reported that it may be more practical to feed animals in shelters using the “cut and carry” style.
The “cut and carry” style, said Radislao, involves cutting grasses from the field or pasture and bringing them to the animals right in their sheds or shelter.
The Aklan provincial veterinarian said this would protect the animals from extreme heat due to the El Niño.
Radislao also said sheds should be made bigger and constructed with higher roofs for more ventilation.
And to ensure that animals have enough plants to eat, farmers were encouraged to plant grasses and ipil-ipil.
Radislao said smaller animals like pigs and chicken could be allowed in the pasture area.