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African swine fever outbreak confirmed in Mossel Bay

African Swine Fever (ASF) was first reported in the Western Cape in February 2021. It was then confirmed at two smallholding farms in Mfuleni,...

Biosecurity measures in poultry farming

Biosecurity is the first line of defence in the fight against poultry diseases. Implementing and maintaining biosecurity is, however, a little easier said than...

Sheep scab: Get the big itch under control

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Sheep scab in small stock can lead to considerable damage if not treated early. Due to its prevalence, Dr...

Prevent cryptosporidiosis from running riot in young cattle

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Although cryptosporidiosis has nothing to do with cryptocurrency, this animal disease can cost livestock producers a considerable amount of...

Combat worms with selective and goal-oriented management

It is common knowledge that parasites can wreak havoc on a small-stock farm. Internal parasites, or worm populations, have a habit of catching producers...

FMD: The battle is far from won

The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Limpopo in November 2019, during which 19 farms and agricultural facilities tested positive for FMD, caused considerable...

Anatomy of an auction

The livestock auction industry finds itself at a crossroads and is likely to see a few profound changes over the next few years. This...

Responsible use of antibiotics: The key to a safe food chain

An antibiotic is an agent that can kill or slow down the growth of harmful bacteria in humans and animals. This useful drug is...

The importance of sustainable biosecurity and shearing practices

Consumers around the globe are placing greater value on products that meet certain requirements, with emphasis on aspects such as traceability as an effective...