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PRESS RELEASE – 29 May 2020 – SHIPPING SHEEP FOR SLAUGHTER

Shipping livestock by sea over long distances for the purpose of slaughter is not a recent phenomenon – the practice has a long and sad history extending back over 30 years, accompanied by a distressing list of problems, risks and disasters that have accompanied it. Only recently, 14 000 sheep were drowned when their transport vessel […]

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 […]

LWCC Website

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.

DEALING WITH AFRICAN SWINE FEVER

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 […]

Unieke Erkenning vir dok Faffa

Dit is alles net genade, sê die bekende en bekroonde veearts, dr Faffa Malan, nadat hy nog ‘n toekenning gekry het vir sy diens aan die veeboere van Suid-Afrika en die wêreld. Lees meer ….

FARMERS BEWARE! IT’S FIRE SEASON

August brings warmer, windy and dry weather – and also veld fires.  Farmers must ensure that the correct fire breaks have been done, that their fire-fighting equipment is in good order, fire drills are rehearsed and that there is good system in place in the district for a rapid, combined response to veld fires.  Move […]

EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT WILL CONTINUE

Although good and even excessive rains have fallen in many areas to the north, this is not true for most of the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape Provinces.  Animal numbers are down and there are therefore less surplus animals to be sold, with lower incomes for farmers.  Breeding cows and ewes have or should have […]