Farmers have been called upon to construct shades for their livestock in order to protect them from the current high temperatures which can expose them to diseases.

Temperatures continue to sour in the Midlands Province and the provincial Crop and Livestock Officer, Mrs Medliner Magwenzi said farmers must take precautionary measures to protect both their livestock and crops from the effects of the high temperatures.

“Pay attention to you livestock and build them temporary shed that would protect them from the high temperatures that the province has been experiencing. These high temperatures are not good for livestock it exposes them to many diseases and in some cases abortion,” she said.

“Also supply your livestock with supplementary feeds and adequate water,” noted Mrs Magwenzi.

The Midlands Province this year experienced an increase in the calving rate owing to good rains received last season, a development that has also boosted the provincial herd.