Livestock production: Listeriosis in animals

Question: There have been recent media reports about deaths from Listeriosis in people in South Africa. Does the disease also occur in animals? Listeriosis does occur in animals and is caused by a bacterium [germ] called Listeria monocytogenes. Three syndromes occur, and these are meningitis and encephalitis, abortions or still-births, and…

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Mycotoxins in grains in subsistence farming systems: A threat to food safety and food security

Dr Edson Ncube: Agricultural Research Council - Grain Crops, Potchefstroom Mycotoxins are by-products of fungal growth that can survive various forms of heat treatment and they are harmful to both humans and animals. Fungal species such as Aspergillus, Fusarium, and Penicillium infect grain crops such as maize, groundnut and sorghum…

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It’s time to vaccinate animals, says RuVasa

The beginning of the rainy season also means farmers should expect an increase in several animal diseases. The latest monthly report of the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa’s (RuVasa), compiled by dr. Faffa Malan, indicates that as soon as rainfall increases, problems with parasites will follow suit. Farmers are…

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Small stock production: The five-point check for internal parasites in small stock

This five-point assessment method allows farmers to identify several diseases and parasites in their small livestock. This enables you to diagnose and prevent diseases and death on your farm. 1. NOSE AREA Nasal discharge By checking the nose, you can immediately see if there are any sign of nasal worm…

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