French Farmers Re-Volt: Cattle Killed by Stray Current Latest Victims of Wind Power Onslaught

Stray current from French wind turbines is killing cattle and their owners are furious. Electricity in the wrong place at the wrong time is a natural born killer. For the best part of a century electricity was generated in an orderly, systematic manner. Over the last decade or so obsession with wind and solar has led to generation chaos, on every level.

Having a field full of 300 tonne monsters, 200m tall with 60m blades, capable of generating 3-5MW, simply isn’t compatible with a whole range of agricultural pursuits. Croppers can no longer use aerial spraying to control pests and weeds, for example.

Horses, nervous creatures at the best of times, find the pulsing cacophony intolerable (see our post here).

But, for French beef farmers, it’s what’s discharged below ground that’s doing the damage to their dwindling herds.

French farmers say their cattle are dying from electricity generated by wind turbines, solar panels
The Blaze
Breck Dumas
27 March 2019

Cattle farmers in France say their stock are dying off from exposure to electricity generated by nearby wind turbines and solar panels, blaming lethal levels of volts through the ground and water sources for their losses.

When a number of cattlemen in Cotes-d’Armor, Brittany, noticed unexplained weight loss and death occurring in their herds, veterinarians couldn’t offer any explanation. So the farmers ran tests on their land, and determined that electrical currents from nearby wind turbines and solar panels were exposing their cows to energy at levels “three times the accepted threshold for animals,” the Daily Mail reported.

Local farmer Patrick Le Nechet claims the mysterious deaths began after the installation of new photovoltaic solar panels near his land. He told French radio station Europe 1, “There is a lot of direct current coming into the earth. When we see all the animals die, it is untenable,” according to the Mail.

Some herds in Cotes-d’Armor have dwindled by the hundreds in recent years, allegedly because of electricity emitted by antennas, transformers, and turbines. Farmers from nearby Pays de la Loire have also reported losses of animals near wind turbines, and a farmer from Val de Saone, in Rhone, blamed electrical currents for harming the health and behavior of his stock two years ago.

The Val de Saone farmer reportedly told Le Progres, “When there are power spikes, some cows gather in one corner, others start to limp, calves that felt good the day before, die.”

Thibaut Bouchut of France’s Sanitary Defense Group reportedly explained that cattle are much more vulnerable to electrical currents than people, saying, “The human body has an electrical resistance of 1,500 Ohms, while the cows, only 500 Ohms, not to mention that they are not separated from the ground by rubber soles.

“Breeders are not always aware of electrical disturbances,” Bouchut continued, “and sometimes the seemingly unexplained problems they face discourage them, even if they are competent. Farms close down because of that.”
The Blaze

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  1. Interrompeur Differentielle says:

    The greater distance between cows legs (than humans’) represents a potential difference that can drive current through them when there are ground currents.

  2. Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

  3. tony edney says:

    Readers may have missed this windwatch post a few months back offering a further potential threat posed by turbines to livestock, perhaps not so relevant to Australia where snow does not often remain on the ground.

    filed: March 3, 2019 • Iowa, Letters
    Hidden dangers of wind towers
    Credit: Winterset Madisonian, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 ~~

    On Jan. 12, after a big snow, I was feeding my 83 feeder calves as I’ve done every day since weaned them in October. I was also sorting out a few as I planned to sell the majority the next week.
    It was in the late afternoon and the sun was shining on the snow. All of a sudden the calves stampeded out of the feed lot, hitting the gate, breaking off the corner posts and flattening another fence. By the grace of God I was out of the way or I’d been fatally injured as the stampede was quick and fast. The calves calmed down and came back to eat, but soon stampeded again. This time I noticed the cause. Since the sun is lower in the winter and the wind turbine was just barely turning, a big black shadow from the wind turbine blades was quietly and slowly moving up behind the calves on top of the snow, spooking them.
    One was killed and two were crippled.
    Besides the loss of these three calves, I will have the expense and labor of fixing my fences when the weather is fit. I noticed the same thing happening again with the shadow. Conditions have to be just right – snow on the ground, sun low in the sky, and light breeze from the southwest slowly turning the turbine blades. Since the calves I had confined in the lot before had been sold, there wasn’t a stampede.
    In the “Successful Farming” magazine, February 2019, there’s the article, “Ways to Stay Safe While Handling Cattle” by Libby Eiholzer, Specialist. In it is stated, “Cattle also have poor depth perception, which can cause them to be nervous in the dark, around shadows, and skittish of foreign objects.”
    I have fed and sorted cattle on this concrete floor for over 50 years and have never had a problem with them stampeding. I had nothing to say about this wind tower causing the problem as it isn’t on my land, but I shouldn’t have take this loss. I feel this is an injustice to me as I was here long before the wind turbine. I can’t get insurance coverage on my cattle for this type of loss as it is a man-made hazard. I raise cattle on my land without infringing on the rights of others and I believe this should be the same with those who produce energy.
    Iowa agriculture has an exemption to county zoning in the Iowa Code (Iowa Code 335.2). Yet a few years ago I was threatened by the Madison County Zoning Commission that I could be fined $750.00 a day. They wrote that I must obtain a county permit, something I didn’t need under the Iowa Code as a farmer erecting a farm shop to be used for farming purposes on a farm zoned for agriculture.
    The wind tower southwest of my farm was erected on land zoned only for agriculture and which never has been rezoned. This tower was also erected without notifying me of any hazards it might cause.
    The stampede as a result of the wind tower shadow could have caused my death or the death of a helper, since it was an unforeseen occurrence.
    The shadow from the tower blades will be a hazard to me and future owners of this farm as long as the wind turbine is in its present location.
    The only solution that will correct this situation is the removal of the turbine.
    —Art Kuntson, Lorimor

  4. 4TimesAYear says:

    Reblogged this on 4TimesAYear's Blog.

  5. Time to give cows rubber boots?

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