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 capsized. The issue of long-distance shipping of livestock has therefore been a long-standing concern to the Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee.

 

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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.

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 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

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.

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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 livestock to safer areas and make plans to evacuate them in the event of fire.  Should animals be caught in veld fires, they need to be evaluated for treatment or humane euthanasia contact the local vet, SPCA, or NSPCA, for advice and assistance.

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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 been culled to the minimum, to allow for the recovery of herd and flock numbers without sacrificing quality, which may take several years.  Read more …

 

Toekenning vir uitnemende diens vir lewende hawe welsyn

Die volgehoue en aansienlike bydrae van

 GERHARD SCHUTTE

 ter bevordering van die welsyn van plaasdiere word hiermee met groot waardering erken