MEAT BOARD HAS LIMITED AMOUNTS OF BUSH ARBOROCIDES:
The Meat Board imports and sells bush arborocides on a cost recovery basis to producers in an effort to make a contribution towards the combating of national bush encroachment. The eradication of intruder and unwanted bushes increases the carrying capacity of national pastures, as well as production. The initial costs of the arborocides might appear to be expensive, yet cost benefits are significant. The following arborocides is available: Tebuthiuron 200 GR (25 kg. bag @ N$3,746,47 VAT included) and Tebuthuiron 500 SC (5 lt @ N$1,326,55 VAT included. To find out about the availability of arborocides, contact Mr Desmond Cloete at The Meat Board Head Office: telephone number: 061-275877/275858.
MEAT BOARD REQUESTS PRODUCERS TO SUBMIT ANIMAL HEALTH DECLARATIONS TIMELY:
Producers are reminded that the Animal Health Declaration of the Directorate Veterinary Services must be completed twice a year and submitted to State Veterinary Offices. The first period of 2021, which was from January to June, has already expired. Producers who have not yet submitted their forms for this period, are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to prevent movement of animals from the farm from being restricted. The Animal Health Declaration is a self-declaration and submission takes place in terms of the Animal Health Act (Act 1 of 2011). The Animal Health Declaration can also be completed online, using NamLITS online.
MEAT BOARD REQUESTS PRODUCERS TO UPDATE THEIR VARIOUS HERD STATEMENTS:
The cooperation of producers is required to update their herd statements on the National Livestock Identification and Traceability System (NamLITS). Animals that no longer exist, appear on the farm unit’s herd statement, alternatively animals on the farm unit do not appear on the herd statement. Producers are requested to submit the following information to their nearest State Veterinary Office as soon as possible: latest contact details, updated herd list, updated herd numbers as well as the stock brands that are active per Farming unit (establishment). The intention is to correct the data on NamLITS in order to improve the usability of the system.
MEAT BOARD VISITS STATE VETERINARY IN KATIMA MULILO.
The Meat Board paid a goodwill visit to the Katima Mulilo State Veterinary Office to observe the progress of the office with the vaccination program against the Foot and Mouth Disease Virus O-variant. The O-variant of the Foot and Mouth Disease virus leads to more prominent symptoms in the animal and spreads much faster. Every possible effort is made by the Directorate Veterinary Services to limit the spread of the virus as soon as possible. All livestock movement, and thus formal marketing, was halted. So far, the virus has been restricted to the eastern area of the Ngoma Katima Mulilo tar road. The Meat Board will try to add additional vaccination teams to complete the vaccination program more quickly, and thus lift movement control, to allow marketing again.
MEAT BOARD APPOINTS MR VICTOR KLAZEN TO ADVISE PRODUCERS AROUND FANMEAT AND NAMLITS.
The Meat Board has appointed Mr Victor Klazen as Chief: FAN Meat in the position of Mr Johan Engelbrecht who recently passed away. Mr Klazen has all the necessary experience to make a significant contribution in advising producers on FAN Meat and NamLITS, as well as assisting to make the use of the programs easier. Meat Board wishes Mr Klazen all the best with his new position, and producers can contact him at 061 – 275856.