Landbou Radio – 7 April 2021

The Ronderib Afrikaner Sheep is one of the oldest native sheep breeds in South Africa. There are 2 varieties, the Namaqua Afrikaner and the Ronderib Afrikaner, and known as a breed of fat tailed indigenous hair sheep. In our program of 7 April, Dries Wiese of Wiese Business Trust near Loxton, has some information on the Ronderib Afrikaner Sheep and the production of top-quality teaser rams to prepare ewes for mating.

Dr Brand van Sittert, Veterinarian of Malelane Animal Clinic, tells us more about Lumpy skin disease. This virus is closely related to the pox viruses of sheep and goats and is characterised by nodules of lumps on the skin.

Dr Johan Cloete, Technical Veterinarian of MSD Animal Health, discusses Sheep Scab that represent a significant risk to health, productivity, and welfare of sheep flocks. It is caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis.

Dr. Gary Buhrmann, Chief State Veterinarian at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has an update regarding the recent outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Western Cape. A contingency plan and initiated measures directed towards arresting and controlling the spread of infection are activated.

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