Livestock production: Play it safe – vaccinate your livestock

Have a livestock vaccination plan in hand for when a disease outbreak occurs. Vaccination is the most effective method of controlling diseases under the following conditions: Where avoiding exposure to disease-causing factors is difficult or impossible. If the disease is carried by biting insects it is impossible to keep them…

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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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Small stock production: Spring is here – vaccinate for pulpy kidney

The arrival of spring comes with a surge in feed for browsing and grazing livestock as the grass begins to flush and the canopy layer leafs up. A sudden increase in available forage of better quality makes small stock vulnerable to pulpy kidney. The reason for the name of the…

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Zambia develops local vaccine to fight livestock diseases

Zambia has developed a local vaccine for East Coast fever, said Livestock and Fisheries Minister Michael Katambo. The minister said 80 000 doses of the local vaccine are being piloted in selected provinces. “The local vaccines are showing positive results and if successful, they will help curb tick-borne diseases,” Katambo said.…

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