Biosecurity placed in the spotlight

2020-01-29 06:01

The presenters and organisers of six of South Africa’s biggest livestock events, have jointly committed themselves to a science-based biosecurity protocol for the hosting of their various events in 2020, as well as in the future.

The statement follows a meeting at the offices of Plaas Media in Centurion on 16 January.

The parties present at the meeting were Elmarie Prinsloo, CEO of Bloem Show, Terry Strachan, CEO of the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg, Albert Loubser, co-organiser of Nampo ALFA in Bothaville, well-known veterinary consultant, Dr Faffa Malan, as well as Dr Danie Odendaal, director of Veterinarian Network.

Johan Ehlers, the CEO of Agri-Expo, the presenter of Agri-Expo Livestock, and Toit Wessels, the general manager of Nampo, also participated in the meeting electronically.

The current outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease was the main driving force and topic of the meeting and served.

It also served as the starting point for finding solutions to present these livestock events in 2020 and in the future, against the background of and with consideration to biosecurity matters.

The ultimate goal of the meeting was to establish a set of best practices at each of the various events, in order to serve the industry holistically and in the best interest of exhibitors.

  • The outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in 2019 and the subsequent second outbreak early in 2020, once again emphasised the importance of biosecurity among all stakeholders in the livestock industry. Bloem Show will this year be presented from 24 April to 2 May and the Nampo Harvest Day from 12 to 15 May.

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