In Memory of Dr Jan Lombard

A thought of comfort and condolences to the grieving family.

Dr Jan Lombard were the First LWCC Chairman, 1978-1982

D.Sc Agric degree in Animal Science (Veekunde) and an MBL

He was an Animal Scientist and General Manager of the then Meat Board


Veldbrande kan dikwels groot gebiede raak en honderde of duisende lewendehawe kan ernstig beseer word of hul lewens verloor.

Tydens die nadraai is spoedeisende en gepaste verstandige optrede noodsaaklik om beide verliese en dierelyding tot ‘n minimum te beperk. Diegene wat boere behulpsaam is en veeeienaars moet as ‘n span saamwerk om die beste uitkomste te behaal. Indien die betrokke gebied ‘n Rampbestuursplan en -span in plek het, is dit die beste manier om reaksies te koördineer.
Indien daar nie so ‘n plan is nie, behoort ‘n Rampbestuursplan vir die gebied ingestel te word vir toekomstige gebruik.

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Veld fires can often affect large areas and hundreds or thousands of livestock can be severely injured or killed. In the aftermath, quick and appropriate sensible action is
needed to both limit losses and minimise animal suffering. All involved must work together as a team to achieve the best outcomes. If there is a Disaster Management
Plan and Team for the area, this should be the preferred way to co-ordinate responses.
If not, a Disaster Management Plan should be introduced for the area, for use in the future.

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Prof Gareth Bath formally receives WVA Global Animal Welfare Award

Earlier this year we reported about the Global Animal Welfare award of the World Veterinary Association (WVA) bestowed on Prof Gareth Bath, Emeritus Professor of the Faculty. The official award ceremony which was scheduled to take place earlier this year in New Zealand could not take place for obvious reasons.

However, during a recent webinar of the WVA on 29 October, the award ceremony was live streamed during which Prof Bath was officially acknowledged as one of the recipients of the Global Animal Welfare Awards in collaboration with CEVA Animal Health.

Congratulations to Prof Bath. We are proud of all your achievements.

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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.

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.


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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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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