Animal disease warning for NW farmers

The heavy rains in the North West have brought about an increase in livestock diseases.

The provincial Veterinary Services Unit has warned farmers of an increase in ticks, internal worms, flies and mosquitoes carrying diseases.

According to the unit, most of the ticks that are hatching will be carrying diseases already, resulting in increased incidences of gall sickness, red water, heart water and Spirochetosis. Cases of lumpy skin disease, Rift Valley fever and anthrax infections are also expected due to the increased population of flies and midges.

Dr Langa Madyibi, director of veterinary services at the NW agricultural department, advised farmers to take extra care when vaccinating sheep and goats and to ensure the correct dosage is given. Mistakes can lead to a build-up of resistance to the medicine.