In the January report on diseases reported by veterinarians in South Africa, he urgently appealed to farmers to vaccinate heifers with the stem 19- or RB 51- vaccine, as required by law.
“If all cattle farmers do this, the spread of brucellosis bacteria will dramatically decrease,” he said. Vaccines should be used strictly according to instructions. More information is available on the National Animal Health Forum website.
There is also a wealth of information on these and other diseases in the category Vra vir Faffa on Landbouweekbladwebsite.
Even if all cattle farmers vaccinate their cattle against brucellosis, they must remain vigilant and follow proper biosecurity measures to prevent further contamination. This includes aspects, such as never buying cattle that have not been vaccinated and only buy animals where the herd tested negative for brucellosis. Farmers also need to follow a good programme for animal health, keep gates shut, and maintain all fences to keep foreign cattle out. Foreign vehicles should not be allowed in camps before being washed and disinfected.
For the table of diseases and conditions that were reported by veterinarians from RuVasa in January, click here.
The RuVasa report is compiled monthly so that farmers can apply preventive measures.