by Jack Henry
Evidence that climate change is affecting farm animals.
|Gundi Rhoades is a veterinarian caring for livestock in northern NSW for the last 22 years. In an article published in the Brisbane Times, she writes of the devastation she sees daily caused by a changing climate.
“Cattle that sold for thousands (of dollars) are now in sale yards a $70 per head,” she said.
Magnificent bloodline stock going for a song? It made me think what a fantastic marketing opportunity for a fast-food franchise: Not just a beef patty, but a pedigree burger. The vet’s point is that bulls, or more specifically their unmentionables, are overheating in 40C/100F temperatures in what usually has been a temperate zone.
A bull with hot private parts can’t do what a bull has to do, which means cattle herds are going the way of the dinosaur.
Rhoades went on to say about the prolonged hot and dry conditions in that part of Australia, “Piglets and calves are aborting.”
The vet’s point is that the food chain, especially the animal protein part, is deserting us and meat could become extinct from our dinner plates. The finger of blame cannot be levelled solely at the rise of Indian vegetarian restaurants. A thing more sinister is at hand.