Indigenous goats on display at first ever international auction

The first ever International Prestige Indigenous Veld Goat Auction is coming to the town of Upington in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Organisers hope the event will propel interest in local breeds. Indigenous Veld Goat Breeders' Association chairman Lourens Erasmus said the aim of the auction is to encourage and promote…

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Livestock minister warns against ‘deadly anthrax’

“Anthrax is deadly.” A dire warning from Zambian Minister of Fisheries and Livestock Michael Katambo to communities in the anthrax hit Western Province. The minister was in the Kalabo district on behalf President Edgar Lungu, who wanted the outbreak to be brought under control swiftly. Three people there have died…

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Excellence in small-scale goat farming

Louis and Gerhard Lourens farm indigenous goats on a smallholding in Waterval, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The Lourens family lives in a ‘smallholder belt’ north of Pretoria, one of South Africa’s two capital cities. If one thinks about it, there are probably smallholder belts in the outer corridors of…

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Stock farmers worried about veterinary service cost hike of 500%

Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Michael Katambo, recently announced a dramatic increase in government veterinary services. According to the statute (105 of 2016), government veterinary officers would now charge ZMW125 for the first hour of a farm visit, and ZMK100 for each subsequent hour spent on farm. Consults would be…

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