Poultry farmer lost over 40 chickens in summer heat waves of 2019.
- January temperatures were nearly 6 degrees above the long term average.
- The region has seen increasing periods of above average temperatures with 20 out of the last 21 years above the annual average.
- Continued temperature rises will threaten chickens in numerous ways, it will weaken their immunity, speed up the development of parasites, slow reproduction ratesand decrease the likelihood of chicks making it to maturity.
- In 2013/14 Victoria produced 243,000 tonnes of chicken meat, 97 per cent of that is consumed domestically.
- Chicken prices are expected to rise with increased temperatures.
What can be done?
- Email your local MP and tell them that action on climate is important to you and explain the impacts being felt in your area. One email might not feel like much but most politicians consider it to be representative of 100 citizens.
- Get involved with local groups taking action on climate, in this community look out for …..
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* We aim to keep our material as accurate and as relevant as possible. Working with climate science, a field that is being constantly updated, keeps us on our toes. Information on this site was gathered on June 1 2019; if you notice information that needs updating please let us know. For the full reference list please see the following.
“Australian Climate Change Site Data – Rutherglen”, Bureau of Meteorology, access April 23 2019, http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/hqsites/site_data.cgi?variable=maxT&area=aus&station=082039&dtype=anom&period=annual&ave_yr=0
Joel Adriano & Fo-Koffi Djamessi, “Climate stress cuts poultry production,” Sci Dev Net, published June 23, 2017, https://www.scidev.net/asia-pacific/livestock/news/climate-stress-cuts-poultry-production.html
Oliver Jones, “Chickens the latest animals to be threatened by climate change,” The Feed, updates February 5, 2016, https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/chickens-the-latest-animals-to-be-threatened-by-climate-change
Quiggin, “Drought, Climate Change and Food Prices in Australia. University of Queensland, 2008.”9, https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/auscon/pages/1345/attachments/original/1474000113/Climate_change_and_food_prices_in_Australia.pdf