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B.C. farmers feeling the heat as animals take a hit

Farmers struggle to save crops and livestock in scorching weather.


July 8, 2021
By Vancouver Sun

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An unprecedented heat wave created challenges for B.C. farmers this week, as chicken farmers desperately tried to cool barns to prevent birds from dying, dairy cows gave less milk and raspberry growers watched their crops wither on the vine.

“It’s been extremely stressful,” said Ray Nickel, a Fraser Valley chicken farmer and director with the B.C. Chicken Marketing Board. “There have been losses because of the extreme heat.”

While all B.C. chicken farms are required to have systems to manage barn temperatures, the high heat was “too much to handle” for some birds, particularly large birds that were close to being shipped, he said.

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