South Africa culls pigs to manage PRRS
Five thousand pigs from small farms in Caledon, Worcester and Malmesbury in
South Africa will have to be culled during the next few weeks after an outbreak
of PRRS at a farm in Klapmuts about two weeks ago.
Mike Heramb, chairperson of the Cape Pork Producers
Association, said his organisation had met an abattoir to discuss the culling of
the pigs, which he hoped would start by the end of next week. "We're in the
process of getting the whole thing on track," said Heramb.
He said the disease was not necessarily fatal to pigs, but
that it was devastating for pig farmers, because it affected sows' reproductive
systems. "This is our third attempt to curb this disease," said Heramb. "We
haven't seen any sign of it for nearly two years."
He confirmed that
the last outbreak had occurred in the same areas of the Western Cape.
said large commercial pig farms had not been affected because they purchased
animals that were tested regularly for disease. "Small farmers buy whatever they
can find," said Heramb.Permit system
All the affected
farms were "linked somehow", he said, as they bought and sold pigs to each
other. He said a permit system, implemented two years ago, had enabled the
association to track the infected pigs. The permit system was put in place after
an outbreak of PRRS
in Drakenstein, Klapmuts, Philippi, Emfuleni and Malmesbury. All movements of
pigs into and out of those areas required a "red" permit issued by the state
vet's Boland or Malmesbury offices.
The pigs would be culled and
their remains destroyed. The pigs will not go on to the
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