Government takes tough stance against errant farmers not dipping cattle

By Online Reporter |  7 months ago | local

Government has taken a tough stance against errant farmers who are not adhering to the dipping requirements of cattle, as it intensifies its fight against the January disease.

In an interview with Zimpapers Radio News, Masvingo provincial director of veterinary services, Dr Kramer Manyetu warned that undipped cattle are super-spreaders of the devastating January disease.

Farmers are receiving 1kg of tick grease under the Presidential Tick Grease scheme as part of efforts to protect the national herd.

January disease also known as theileriosis is a notifiable disease in Zimbabwe with farmers being compelled by the law to report to the division of veterinary services should they suspect it on their livestock.

In the first week of January last year alone, the Midlands province lost over 700 cattle due to the January disease.