‘Zone 6 Cattle Infested With Ticks’- North West Farmers

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Some farmers in Ngamiland have complained that Zone 6 cattle brought for slaughter at the Maun BMC abattoir come infested with ticks something which they fear may lead to its spread in the region.

As the district is battling with the wide spread of bont tick that has currently infested the area the concerned farmers are worried that the imported ticks for Zone 6 may worsen the situation.

Following the outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) at zone 6b in the North East district in September last year, government took a decision to move a targeted population of 10 000 cattle for slaughter at the Maun BMC abattoir.

The depopulation of these cattle from Zone6 covers villages from the North of Bisoli ranches namely, Jackalas 1, Ramokgwebana, Tsamaya, Tshesebe, Butale, Senyawe, Siviya and Mabudzane.

Though the farmers in Ngamiland have no problem with Zone 6 cattle being slaughtered in Maun, they are however concerned about the ticks found in the said livestock. Speaking to this publication anonymously the farmers complained that the cattle go straight for slaughter without being quarantined a procedure which they believe would have allowed for the cattle to first be administered with dip and spray. 

The farmers claimed that the cattle are heavily infested to the extent that the ticks are visible on the ground at the BMC livestock area adding that some employees have even complained they are also subjected to them.

“What is worrying us most is that the veterinary officials are seeing this but though they admit on the side that this is wrong they have however chosen to remain quite about it,” another prominent farmer complained.

He said other officials when they inquired with them about the situation their response is that farmers in Zone 6 refuse to dip or spray their cattle, a response which they strongly believe should not be considered as an excuse at all. 

Maun BMC Plant Manager, Ishmael Ramorula referred all the questions to the Department of Veterinary Service (DVS) which could not comment on the matter.

Meanwhile one official from the department who spoke on condition of anonymity said there is no how the Zone 6 cattle can come into contact with livestock in the region.

“BMC is the dead end for the zone 6 cattle because when they arrive here they go straight for slaughter,” the official said adding that their leathers after slaughter are also treated which result in the destruction of the said ticks.

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