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Drought in Ceará forces farmers to sell cattle

Cattle in Ceará are suffering from a lack of pasture and water, a result of the drought this year. Farmers have begun to sell off livestock at a lower than normal price to farmers in other states in the Northeast.

João Renan Pedrosa has had to get rid of his dairy herd, selling each cow for R$ 1,000. He says the cows are worth R$ 2,500. "We were raised farming cattle. After this, only sadness remains in my heart," said Pedrosa. The cows were sold to Giovane Lacerda, who said the drought will push up the price of beef in the coming months. "Our herd here ( in Ceará) will be reduced by 80%. They were to be fattened this winter and we would supply the market all year," he said.

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