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      SEASONAL CHALLENGES FOR SHEEP HEALTH AND WELFARE 
      Every season and livestock farming activity brings opportunities, but also threats. Some of these are quite predictable and thus farmers can take the right precautions and make preparations to minimise their effects, but other events are not foreseeable with any degree of certainty. Even with these, there should be a plan of action to be implemented when, sooner or later, it is needed. Examples of such events are droughts, excessive rainfall and wildfires.  Read more ...

      EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT WILL CONTINUE 
      Everyone is hoping that the coming summer will have a normal, average rainfall – but the effects of the last savage drought will remain with us for several seasons. Animal numbers are down and there are therefore less surplus animals to be sold, with lower incomes for farmers. Breeding cows and ewes have or should have been cut to the minimum, so that recovery of herd & flock numbers without sacrificing quality may take several years.   Read more ... 


      MARCELLE MEREDITH RECEIVES 2016 LWCC AWARD
       
      Ms Meredith is the current CEO of NSPCA, and has dedicated her life to the advancement of animal welfare.  In recognition of her exceptional services to livestock welfare over decades she was acclaimed as the 2016 award recipient.
       
      Past recipients have been:
      Hym Ebedes (SAVA)

      Celeste Houseman (NSPCA)

      Michael Levien (LAWA)

      Osie Oosthuizen (Stock Protection unit)

      Freek Tomlinson (Meat Board)

      Renier van Dyk (LAWA)

       DROUGHTS AND LIVESTOCK (Approved 19 Feb 2016) 

      Droughts are a seasonal occurrence in our Region and are predicted to become more intense in Southern Africa. The years when droughts are likely to occur are not really predictable far in advance. Livestock farmers should factor into their management plan in advance appropriate action/s they plan to institute in the event of a drought. Livestock farmers remain accountable for the welfare of their animals at all times and the animals should not bear the brunt of poor planning. It is totally unacceptable for livestock to starve to death which is cruel, slow, and totally avoidable. Read more ... 

      NSPCA VICTORY – HIGH COURT UPHOLDS JUDGEMENT

      “Disclosure of complaints made to the Respondent (the National Council of SPCAs) or local SPCAs could reasonably be expected to prejudice the future supply of similar information from persons wishing to remain anonymous and that it is in the public interest that similar information continue to be supplied so as to further the Respondent’s statutory objective”.  Read more ...



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            TRADITIONAL AND RELIGIOUS SLAUGHTER METHODS

            The Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee recognises the right of groups and communities to religious freedom and to practice their customs as protected by the South African Constitution.  When such practises and customs involve the slaughter of animals for whatever purpose, we believe that the methods used must be reasonable, humane and in harmony with current internationals concepts of animal welfare.  It is incumbent on all groups and communities to ensure that their slaughter practices cause the least possible degree of distress, pain and suffering, and that these practices should be modified where necessary to meet the goals of animal welfare while conforming to the spirit of the religious or customary practice in use.

            LIVESTOCK WELFARE ISSUES TO BE CONSIDERED WITH LIVESTOCK PREDATOR CONTROL

            The Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee recognises the problems and sensitivities that surround the issue of controlling damage- causing animals that prey on livestock and strongly recommends that there should be a balanced, sustainable approach which causes the least amount of harm and suffering.  However we must emphasize that the process of predation can involve severe pain and suffering to affected livestock and that this aspect of predator control must be taken into account when deciding on the necessity or acceptability of measures that are used.  Covering only the welfare of wild animals, or ecological concerns, is not enough.  The welfare of livestock that can be severely maimed in the process of predation must be give equal consideration.

            ELECTRONIC VERSION OF BULL AND BOAR STUNNING GUIDELINES

            At the May or August 2010 meeting of the LWCC, RMAA presented a very useful guideline on correct techniques to stun large bulls and boars for slaughter.  We would like to put this on our website.  If this is acceptable, I request that you send an electronic version for easier placement.  We can acknowledge you as the source unless you prefer to be anonymous.
              

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