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Farm Animals

Animals, too, suffer from Wind Turbine Syndrome

August 22, 2011: “Chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals”

eggsLike those proverbial canaries in the coal mine, chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals. That’s the contention of Hamish Cumming, a farmer battling proposed wind turbines near his home in New Zealand.

He has written a letter to East County Magazine seeking help from people living near wind farms locally (and in other locations) to document cases of shell-less eggs, dead chickens, or other animals that suffer internal hemmorrhaging.

The “humble chicken” is common in rural areas near wind farms and can be easily monitored, Cumming says. Chickens under stress may produce a soft-shelled or shell-less egg that can’t be laid, killing the chicken. Such incidents have been documented near wind farms, says Cumming, who has also collected examples of livestock and a dog that died from internal hemorrhaging near wind farms.

“There are reports from many wind farm locations that chickens within a 3 km distance from turbines exhibit shell-less eggs during some weather conditions,” he stated. “Some locations have reported shell-less eggs or dead chickens that coincide with residents’ complaints about “noisy nights” from turbines.”

In fact, shell-less eggs are also known as “wind eggs.” According to Broad Leys Publishing, which specializes in books for poultry owners, a yolk-less wind egg may occur in a young pullet, but “wind eggs can also occur in older hens if they are subject to sudden shock.”

Chickens aren’t the only species suffering ill health effects from living near wind farms, Hamish says.

Beef cattle become ill and die in Wisconsin

Dairy cattle suffering from stray voltage

“Nine goats have died since December (Illinois)

“So far there are several records of dairy cattle in Canada and Australia reducing milk output by as much as 30%,” he wrote.

The Discovery Channel ran a report on massive deaths among bats that suffered lung hemorrhaging when flying near wind turbines.

Goats in Taiwan, verified by the Taiwanese Department of Agriculture, have reportedly died due to stress-induced conditions within 2 km of turbines. “I have had reports of high levels of stillborn lambs and calves (up to 10%) . . . and stillborn horses in Australia and overseas, only after wind farms commenced operations,” he claims.

Wind farms may even be damaging to the family pet, he believes. “A dog was verified by Werribee Veterinary Hospital as dying from multiple organ fibrosis, believed to be stress-induced—and it was also within 2 km of turbines.”

Animals grazing near wind farms have also exhibited fibrosis, or hemorrhaging of major organs, when butchered, he observed. He believes this may explain why some native birds abandon habitat and cease breeding close to wind turbines.

That’s of serious concern to Cumming, who has endangered bird species nesting on wetlands at his New Zealand farm.

There have also been claims around the world of human health impacts in some communities near wind farms. Dr. Nina Pierpont, a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine-trained physician and Princeton University PhD, has authored a book titled Wind Turbine Syndrome documenting serious health effects in people living near wind turbines due to low-frequency sound waves. The wind industry has disputed her findings.

Cumming seeks residents in East County and elsewhere around the world who live within 5 km of wind turbines to create a large data pool. Participants may already own chickens, or be willing to acquire them for the study. Cutting open a dead hen will expose the shell-less egg, if that is the cause of death, he said.

He seeks the following data:

1. How close the nearest turbines are to your chickens or slaughtered animals

2. How many turbines are within 5 km

3. Brand and size of the turbines

4. Name of the wind farm

5. Your country

Local participants sought for global study on wind farm impacts

August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Like those proverbial canaries in the coal mine, chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals. That’s the contention of Hamish Cumming, a farmer battling proposed wind turbines near his home in Australia.

hensHe’s written a letter to East County Magazine seeking help from people living near wind farms locally (and in other locations) to document cases of shell-less eggs, dead chickens, or other animals that suffer internal hemorrhaging.

The “humble chicken” is common in rural areas near wind farms and can be easily monitored, Cumming says. Chickens under stress may produce a soft-shelled or shell-less egg that can’t be laid, killing the chicken. Such incidents have been documented near wind farms, says Cumming, who has also collected examples of livestock and a dog that died from internal hemorrhaging near wind farms.

“There are reports from many wind farm locations that chickens within a 3 km distance from turbines exhibit shell-less eggs during some weather conditions,” he stated. “Some locations have reported shell-less eggs or dead chickens that coincide with residents’ complaints about “noisy nights” from turbines.”

In fact, shell-less eggs are also known as “wind eggs.” According to Broad Leys Publishing, which specializes in books for poultry owners, a yolk-less wind egg may occur in a young pullet, but “wind eggs can also occur in older hens if they are subject to sudden shock.”

Chickens aren’t the only species suffering ill health effects from living near wind farms, Hamish says.

“So far there are several records of dairy cattle in Canada and Australia reducing milk output by as much as 30%,” he wrote.

The Discovery Channel ran a report on massive deaths among bats that suffered lung hemorrhaging when flying near wind turbines: http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/08/25/wind-turbine-bats.html

Goats in Taiwan, verified by the Taiwanese Department of Agriculture, have reportedly died due to stress-induced conditions within 2 km of turbines. “I have had reports of high levels of stillborn lambs and calves (up to 10%)…and stillborn horses in Australia and overseas, only after wind farms commenced operations,” he claims.

Wind farms may even be damaging to the family pet, he believes. “A dog was verified by Werribee Veterinary Hospital as dying from multiple organ fibrosis, believed to be stress-induced—and it was also within 2 km of turbines.”

Animals grazing near wind farms have also exhibited fibrosis, or hemorrhaging of major organs, when butchered, he observed. He believes this may explain why some native birds abandon habitat and cease breeding close to wind turbines.

That’s of serious concern to Cumming, who has endangered bird species nesting on wetlands at his New Zealand farm.

There have also been claims around the world of human health impacts in some communities near wind farms. Dr. Nina Pierpont, a Johns Hopkin School of Medicine trained physician and Princeton University PhD, has authored a book titled Wind Turbine Syndrome documenting serious health effects in people living near wind turbines due to low-frequency sound waves:
http://www.windturbinesyndrome.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Australia. The wind industry has disputed her findings.

Cumming seeks residents in East County and elsewhere around the world who live within 5 km of wind turbines to create a large data pool. Participants may already own chickens, or be willing to acquire them for the study. Cutting open a dead hen will expose the shell-less egg, if that is the cause of death, he said.

He seeks the following data:
1. How close the nearest turbines are to your chickens or slaughtered animals
2. How many turbines are within 5 km
3. Brand and size of the turbines
4. Name of the wind farm
5. Your country

Data may be sent to Hamish.cumming@bigpond.com

Article courtesy of East Coast Magazine’s Miriam Raftery.

East County Magazine is also interested in hearing about local cases of animal hemorrhaging, wind eggs, or human health issues from people living near wind farms in San Diego’s East County: contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

Dairy cattle getting Wind Turbine Syndrome? Stray voltage? (Japan)

dairyJanuary 25, 2010 – The following is a brief summary, by the journalist Yuki Tsuruta—Editor

I visited two small islands in Nagasaki prefecture in November 2009. This is what I was told by several of the dairy farmers.

(1) Ukujima 24.9km2, population 3000. The island has one 1000 kW wind turbine, built in 2001.

(a) Farmer A (340m from cow barn to the turbine). This family has been dairy farming (breeding and raising cattle) for over 40 years. Recently, some calves suffered from swelling of shoulder and knee joints. Others had spinal curvature. The symptoms in each case get worse as they grow up.

The calves with swollen joints failed to gain enough weight. They were sold at one-third their normal price.

In addition, some of the cattle have weak estrus (it’s difficult to find evidence of estrus).

The family is worried they won’t be able to continue dairy farming. “We don’t know if the cause is the wind turbine. But we never experienced this kind of problem before the turbine was built.” The local veterinarian has no idea what is causing this.

(b) Farmer B (300m from cow barn to the turbine). This family has been dairy farming for about 50 years. Two or three years ago a calf was born with curvature of knee joints. The farmer doesn’t know what caused it, yet he says he never experienced this before the turbine was built. The local newspaper reported the story in September 2009. The farmer fears the newspaper story might lower the price of his calves.

(2) Azuchioshima, approximately 15km2, population 1700. Sixteen 2000 kW wind turbines.

(c) Farmer C (100m from cow barn to a turbine). In 2009, there was a sudden death among his cattle, plus two astasia [“inability to stand because of disruption of muscle coordination, usually from injury to the frontal lobes”], one abasia [“inability to walk”] not caused by injury, and one premature birth (stillborn). These problems occurred three years in succession. A health official confirmed they were abnormal.

(d) Farmer D (210m from cow barn to a turbine). Premature births occurred three years in succession. A newborn was stillborn in 2009. The farmer doesn’t know the cause. Recently, it has been difficlt to find estrus signs in his herd. The man says he wants to quit dairy farming. He decreased his herd, commenting that “cattle are very sensitive animals. The cause might be the wind turbine noise.”

Note that the Japanese government’s recently-announced wind turbine health survey will not include livestock.