News June 2020

LWCC Code under development: Electro-ejaculation of Ruminants

  • A Code to guide the correct use of this technique is in preparation. This Code will require the involvement of a wide range of interested parties before a consensus document can be arrived at.
  • Regulations and guidelines for dealing with heavily pregnant animals arriving at abattoirs, or newborn animals born at abattoirs, are under discussion and will clarify how such events should be dealt with in a humane and consistent manner.

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News – June 2020

The LWCC executive team was re-elected on 22 May 2020, with the exception of Dr Deryn Petty who had decided to stand down as Vice Chair due to changed responsibilities. This position has been filled by Mr Gerhard Schutte, who was elected unopposed.


A rural area of the Eastern Cape has experienced the most recent outbreak of the highly lethal African Swine Fever. It will be extremely difficult to pinpoint when the disease began because the deaths in pigs are not diagnosed regularly. Farming practices in the affected area include allowing pigs to roam freely or semi-confinement. Keeping pigs is an important way of life and a vital income stream for rural communities of the EC and the health and welfare of their animals is important to them. The South African Pig Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) was impressed with, and is supporting the endeavours of EC Veterinary Services in ascertaining the extent of the outbreak. The level of knowledge and training of local livestock farmers by both State Veterinarians and Animal Health Technicians was more than satisfying. SAPPO has been able to assist with the provision of material to improve awareness in the communities in their fight to reduce the spread of ASF. These include short pictographic videos that highlight important aspects of preventing ASF from getting into an owner’s pigs. The welfare of the owners and their animals has thus been promoted.


Dr Peter Evans