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Nelie Erasmus
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21 Jan 2019
8:40 am

Limpopo animal health forum to host foot-and-mouth disease explainer

Nelie Erasmus

The event will take place on Wednesday morning, and is free to attend.

Sores in the mouth of animals suffering from foot-and-mouth disease causes reluctance to eat and lameness. Image: Farmer's Weekly website

A foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) information day for farmers and stakeholders will be held on Wednesday 23 January at Adam’s Apple Hotel and Conference Centre near Louis Trichardt, reports Polokwane Review.

The aim of the event is to comprehensively inform all concerned parties about the planned management procedures and responsibilities of each role player on the road to recovering the country’s export status. A panel of experts will answer all questions and concerns regarding FMD.

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Registration for the event will start at 08:00 and it is free.

One of the key speakers, Dr Pieter Vervoort from the National Animal Health Forum, will address attendees from the national perspective, and will also explain the signs and symptoms of FMD. Dr Chris Mabaso, Head of the current Joint Operations Group will inform the farming community about practical steps to recovery.

The event will close at around 13:30 with a light lunch.

Queries about the event can be addressed to Gerhard Schutte, CEO of the Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO) at 082 556 7296 or Willem van Jaarsveld, Chairperson of the Limpopo Animal Health Forum (LAHF) at 082 451 7913. The event is hosted by the LAHF and RPO

The organisations’ message to consumers is that meat in the shop fridges is as safe as always, and there is no need for concern. “Enjoy your red meat every day!”

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