Farmers have trouble watering their cows

The presence of cyanobacteria in rent prevents ranchers from watering the river for their cows. A ban further complicates an already tense situation caused by drought and heatwaves.

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The situation of the cattle farmers in the Loue Valley is complicated. During this period of heat and drought, a dairy (grain) animal in this industry needs 120 liters of water per day.

Thus, a farm like Nicolas Bole’s Gaec de la Haute-loue needs 24,000 liters per day for 200 cows to produce nut milk. But given the presence of cyanobacteria and the poisoning of some animals in Loue, watering the animals was banned there by provincial ordinance.

So Nicolas Bole cannot feed his animals directly from it. So we have to organize.

No longer able to water our animals with water from Loue, we installed pumps that suck up groundwater and we feed all of them, including the ones located on the current banks of the stream. has dried up.

Nicolas Bole, Montbéliard cattle breeder

Therefore, every day, ranchers spend a large part of their time feeding their cattle in tanks near Montgesoye, Chanttrans and Ornans. Thanks to the pumps he installed two years ago and which are deep in the groundwater table, he manages to cope with the present moment.

Like Nicolas Bole, cattle ranchers living on the banks of Loue are all concerned with respecting the ban on watering their pets in the river because last week, a new dog, a puppy in this case , was adopted by veterinarians at the Ornans clinic. after eating algae and moss in the river.

This dog had to be quickly taken care of, put on drops and treated with antibiotics, protecting the stomach to be able to rescue. In theory, cows are less exposed to this kind of risk because their digestive system has four stomachs.

Baptiste Marguet, veterinarian, Haute-Loue clinic, Ornans.

According to veterinarians at the Haute-Loue clinic in Ornans, the risk is lower for cows. They actually have a stomach made up of four stomachs and a strong microbiome that helps limit problems. If poisoning could theoretically occur, in practice, no cases have ever been reported to the clinic.

Regarding milk, it is certainly under the control of professional milk analysis laboratories, but the statements of experts cannot be assured.

In our cheese specifications, there is no mention of cyanobacteria detection. If that’s the case, we should start looking because we don’t know how to track them right now.

Jean-Marie Chaudeau, milk analysis laboratory in Rioz (70)

In practical terms, it should be remembered that the ingestion of cyanobacteria by humans can cause serious gastrointestinal and neurological disorders but their very small and possible presence in food does not pose any danger. which danger.

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