African Swine Fewer (ASF) was diagnosed in mid-April on a small farm in the Delmas area in Mpumalanga. The farm had about 180 pigs, mainly fattening pigs, and a few sows bought from an auctioneer in the area. They were fed a mixture of bran and vegetable by-products from a local vegetable factory.
Mpumalanga Veterinary Services immediately placed the farm under quarantine and instituted appropriate disease control methods in the area. Investigations and surveillance to establish the source of the infection and to ensure that no other farms are infected, are ongoing.
Pig farmers are advised to be extra vigilant and to ensure that all biosecurity protocols are in place and to be thorough when decontaminating pig transport vehicles.
SAPPO would like to commend and thank the veterinary officials involved for their timely interventions. SAPPO will keep you informed.
Click here to access DAFF’s notice in this regard.
Johann Kotzé, SAPPO CEO