(ANSA) – TURIN, 22 JUL – The pastures of the Turin valleys begin to suffer from thirst. For the more than 43 thousand beef and milk cattle present in the mountain pastures of the Turin valleys, the summer in the mountains will last less than expected. Many shepherds already plan to anticipate the descent to the valley due to lack of grass and the impossibility of watering the animals. In fact, the drought in the Turin mountains has already caused the loss of about 30% of grass and the little grass left is now yellow, as at the end of August.
Thus, if in normal summers the demontication takes place from mid to late September, when the cows have finished eating the grass in the different bands up to altitudes around 2,000-2,500 meters, in this hot and dry 2022 the first herds could come back down. in the plains already at the end of August.
This forced choice, according to the trade association, puts the breeders in serious economic difficulty, “who will have to start earlier than expected to fund their hay stocks or will have to buy it in advance undergoing the crazy prices that, in this summer of heat and speculations, even reach 30 euros per quintal against 15 euros per quintal in “normal” years. It should be borne in mind that a cow consumes, on average, 12 to 18 kilograms of fresh grass or 6 bai 9 kilograms of hay per day , depending on the breed and age “The loss of grass in the mountains is also already causing a loss of milk of about 20%, destined to increase if it does not rain in the next few days. The milk produced in the Turin valleys, from the Pellice valley up to the Chiusella valley and the lower Dora Baltea valley, is used for the finest cheeses including Toma di Lanzo, Toma di Condove, Toma del lait brusc, Blu del Montenisio, Plaisentif, Cevrin, toma ‘d Trausela, Seirass del fen, and alpine butter.