AFP reports South Korea has culled 36,000 milk cows and dairy farmers are pouring out 200 tons of milk each day as foot-and-mouth disease continues to hurt the country’s agricultural industry.

The potential milk shortage is the latest concern for the country as milk from cows within 500 meters of an outbreak must be destroyed in case it is tainted.

South Korea’s agriculture ministry has spent $1.9 trillion won ($1.7 billion US) to cull animals, compensate farmers and vaccinate livestock in an effort to prevent the outbreak from spreading further. The country has had to cull and bury 3.2 million livestock since November when the outbreak was discovered.

Source: AFP