MAINTAIN YOUR LIVESTOCK HEALTH WITH AGRA PROVISION

article header imagesMAINTAIN YOUR LIVESTOCK HEALTH WITH AGRA PROVISION
Published: 05 Jul 2016

Agra ProVision successfully presented the Applied Animal Health training last week, from 27 to 30 June 2016 in Windhoek, with the practical sessions held at Neudamm Agriculture College. The course was well attended by farmers, who manage livestock herds and flocks, with the objective to develop and implement improved animal health programmes for livestock.

The training sensitised farmers on: requirements of healthy livestock, infectious diseases to be immunised against, internal and external parasites to be controlled, and remedies used to enhance livestock health, including the appropriate application of animal health remedies.

Dr Fonnie Bruwer, Agra ProVision’s Veterinarian noted that livestock in good condition links directly to the sustainability of any livestock farming setup. He further said that the training comes at the right time, to train participants on how to manage livestock in healthy conditions; ensuring that livestock farming in Namibia is the future for food security and safety. Explaining the training approach, he confidently said, “Our proactive approach to ensure that livestock are healthy not only contributes to improving livestock productivity directly but, also contributes to wider goals of food security, poverty alleviation and environmental conservation.”

The training course focused on the importance of maintaining a healthy herd or flock, which requires ensuring that there is sufficient forage and supplements addressing prevailing nutrient deficiencies, and understanding that a herd in good condition enhances livestock health. Dr Bruwer stressed that farmers need to vaccinate their livestock to prevent them from getting sick, and also need to treat sick animals with the recommend remedies/antibiotics. Therefore, according to Dr Bruwer, the training prepares farmers to practice animal husbandry in an effective and efficient manner. In his final remarks, he said, “This training contributes to improving animal health in general, and growing output from livestock specifically.”

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Sylvia Shikongo, one of the training participants and Pig Production Manager from Oluno Correctional Facility in Oshana region travelled all the way to gain the right expertise in the field of animal health. “This is what we have been waiting for all this time. The training addressed a range of topics relevant to our farming situations. Furthermore, the course content was presented in a simplified basic farmer’s language for us to understand,” she expressed. She concluded by saying, “I have learnt greatly from this training and will definitely transfer the newly acquired knowledge to my colleagues. I therefore recommend this training to all farmers, who wish to improve on their productivity.” 

The sessions were a combination of both theory and practical sessions, ensuring that participants are well equipped with the right knowledge, skills and expertise. At the end of the training course, the participants were able to select the appropriate remedies required to implement the livestock health programme to maintain healthy herds and flocks of livestock.

Agra ProVision continues to empower and educate stakeholders in the agriculture sector to improve on their productivity. For more information on training courses offered by Agra ProVision, kindly contact Michael Dege at 061 – 290 9143 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / SMS training and your query to 40404.

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