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64 calves die during sea transfer to Miyako

Date Posted: 2002-08-01

64 of 190 calves that were transported after a cattle auction from Tarama Island to Miyako died during the three-hour trip onboard a ferry. The animals had been in a truck designed for animal transportation, and when the ferry arrived at Hirara Port 61 of the animals were dead and three more died shortly after.

The incident puzzled officials at JA Miyako Stock Breeding Section that had organized the auction and transportation. "When the ship arrived at the harbor, we found that all calves inside the truck had fallen down. This is the first time I have ever seen anything like that," the JA official said. Other calves that were in cattle containers survived the trip without trouble.

A veterinarian who examined the dead animals concluded that the animals had died because of excessive heat and lack of air. He noted that the truck had been near the ship's engine room that is the hottest part in its cargo bay. "It's the only conclusion as the cause cannot be a bacterial or viral infection. An infection does not kill a cow in three hours, but heat and lack of fresh air will," the veterinarian said.

A vendor outside Okinawa had bought the calves. JA officials say that the loss totaled 13.3 million and they are examining the possibility of collecting damages from the shipping company.

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