Two horses die of AHS; vets continue surveillance programme

African Horse Sickness has resulted in the death of another two horses in the Western Cape.

 Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, explained that three more horses on Schoongezicht, the Paarl farm where the first case was detected, had tested positive for AHS.

“Four horses on four other properties also tested positive. Of these four horses, two have died.”

Minister Winde said the current containment zone, as revised last week, would remain in place until further notice.

 “All the cases took place within the containment zone. At the start of the outbreak our vets predicted that if the illness should spread it would do so in the direction of the wind, which carries the midges. That’s exactly what we have seen happen here. Vets will continue with their surveillance programme, which includes ongoing testing.”

 Minister Winde added that controlling the outbreak was a key priority for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.

 “Currently, we are exporting our horses to the European Union (EU) via Mauritius. This results in additional transport and logistics costs. As a result of these cases, it is highly unlikely we will be able to apply to have the movement ban to the EU lifted for at least another two years.

 “At the end of last year, the largest consignment of horses ever was exported from the Western Cape to the United Arab Emirates and Europe, with the assistance of this department’s Veterinary Services programme. To increase these kinds of successes, we will attempt to ensure that our animal population remains disease-free and that we respond speedily to outbreaks if they should occur. In this financial year, we will invest R86 million to reach these objectives.”

 The revised containment zone is as follows:

  • The eastern border of the containment area follows the border of the AHS surveillance zone from the Jonkershoek area along the Limietberg mountain range to the Voëlvlei dam. The boundary then extends westwards past the southern end of the Voëlvlei dam to the R46, which it follows through Hermon, Riebeeck Kasteel and to Malmesbury.
  • The western border of the containment area follows the R302 southwards until it intersects with the R304, which it follows into Stellenbosch and along Bird St until the intersection with Merriman Ave. The southern border follows Merriman Ave, Martinson Rd and Jonkershoek Rd to the east, through the Jonkershoek Valley and up the escarpment until it meets with the border of the AHS surveillance zone. The roads that make up the borders of the containment area are not included in the movement restrictions, and transport of horses along these roads is permitted.

Private veterinarians in the affected area have also been requested to inform the state vets of any suspected AHS cases or cases indicative of infectious disease both within the containment area and within the AHS surveillance zone.

 Prevention measures include:

  • Horse owners are encouraged to stable their horses from two hours before sunset to two hours after dawn to decrease the risk of the vector of the disease having contact with their horses;
  • Vets also appeal to owners to use a registered insect repellent on their horses during the vector feeding periods as indicated above;
  • Further protection of the stabled horses can be attained by covering all stable openings with 80-100% shade cloth.

 Any owner within the AHS surveillance zone detecting illness in horses involving unexplained fever, swelling of the head and neck and difficulty breathing should report the case to their local State Veterinarian as quickly as possible. Contact details of regional state veterinary offices can be found on www.elsenburg.com.

 An interactive map of the containment area can be obtained at www.elsenburg.com/vetepi under the Maps tab.

 Permit applications should be made to authorised veterinarian Dr Camilla Weyer at: camillaweyer@gmail.com.

 Kindly see attached a map of the affected farms. The names of the farms will not be disclosed.

 


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.westerncape.gov.za
Twitter: bronwynnejooste

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No new cases of African Horse Sickness; containment zone revised

No new cases of African Horse Sickness have been detected in the Western Cape, resulting in a revision to the movement restrictions.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (26 April 2016) announced the new borders of the containment zone.

“Movement restrictions are still in force within a smaller containment area surrounding the farm where the case was detected. No movement of horses into, out of, through or within the containment area will be allowed without a movement permit from a state veterinarian,” said Minister Winde.

The revised containment zone is as follows:

  • The eastern border of the containment area follows the border of the AHS surveillance zone from the Jonkershoek area along the Limietberg mountain range to the Voëlvlei dam. The boundary then extends westwards past the southern end of the Voëlvlei dam to the R46, which it follows through Hermon, Riebeeck Kasteel and to Malmesbury.
  • The western border of the containment area follows the R302 southwards until it intersects with the R304, which it follows into Stellenbosch and along Bird St until the intersection with Merriman Ave. The southern border follows Merriman Ave, Martinson Rd and Jonkershoek Rd to the east, through the Jonkershoek Valley and up the escarpment until it meets with the border of the AHS surveillance zone. The roads that make up the borders of the containment area are not included in the movement restrictions, and transport of horses along these roads is permitted.

Revised AHS containment zone-26 April 2016.

Minister Winde said the vets launched a surveillance programme immediately after the incident was reported.

“An initial census and surveillance programme by state vets in the area surrounding the affected property was performed to determine the extent of the outbreak. All properties on which horses are kept within 5km of the index farm were visited and approximately 200 horses sampled. About 90% of results have been received to date, all of which have been negative for AHS virus. Surveillance activities within the containment area are continuing. Part of this includes investigating the source of the infection, which has not yet been established.”

Private veterinarians in the affected area have also been requested to inform the state vets of any suspected AHS cases or cases indicative of infectious disease both within the containment area and within the AHS surveillance zone.

Prevention measures include:

  • Horse owners are encouraged to stable their horses from two hours before sunset to two hours after dawn to decrease the risk of the vector of the disease having contact with their horses;
  • Vets also appeal to owners to use a registered insect repellent on their horses during the vector feeding periods as indicated above;
  • Further protection of the stabled horses can be attained by covering all stable openings with 80-100% shade cloth.

Any owner within the AHS surveillance zone detecting illness in horses involving unexplained fever, swelling of the head and neck and difficulty breathing should report the case to their local State Veterinarian as quickly as possible. Contact details of regional state veterinary offices can be found on www.elsenburg.com.

An interactive map of the containment area can be obtained at www.elsenburg.com/vetepi under the Maps tab.

Permit applications should be made to authorised veterinarian Dr Camilla Weyer at: camillaweyer@gmail.com.

 

For media queries, kindly contact: 

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.elsenburg.com
Twitter: bronwynnejooste

Testing campaign ongoing following African Horse Sickness death

In a bid to protect the province’s multi-million rand horse export industry, vets in the Western Cape have moved swiftly to contain the spread of African Horse Sickness.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, yesterday (12 April 2016) visited Schoongezicht, the Paarl farm where a horse died after being infected by AHS last week.

The owner of the farm, Lodewikus Hanekom, has nine horses left, of which most are Arab. He uses two for endurance riding competitions. None of the other animals have tested positive for AHS.

“Following the confirmation of AHS, vets immediately launched a testing campaign. We have already tested 70 horses in this surrounding area and we will continue to test until we are sure there are no other infected horses in the area. At this stage, we are in the clear. 

“Movement restrictions will remain in place for at least 40 days after the last detected case. If more cases are detected, the movement restriction period will be extended. We are aware that there is an impact on the industry and that shows have had to be cancelled. These are the measures we have to take to protect our horse export industry, which is worth R250 million per year.”

Minister Winde appealed to horse owners to take the necessary precautions to safe-guard their horses.

“AHS is spread by biting midges and we urge horse owners to stable their horses from two hours before sunset to two hours after dawn to minimise the risk of the vector of the disease having contact with their horses. In addition, we appeal to owners to use a registered insect repellent during the vector feeding periods. Currently, vaccination against African horse sickness is not permitted within the AHS surveillance zone without special permission from a state veterinarian,” said Minister Winde.

The containment zone for this incident is as follows:

  • The eastern border of the zone follows the border of the AHS surveillance zone from Gordon’s Bay along the Limietberg mountain range to the Voëlvlei dam. The boundary of the containment zone then extends westwards past the southern end of the Voëlvlei dam to the R46, which it follows through Hermon, Riebeeck Kasteel and to Malmesbury;
  • The western border of the zone follows the N7 until it intersects with the N2;
  • The N2 serves as the southern border of the containment zone until it reaches the eastern border at Gordon’s Bay;
  • Roads that make up the borders of the zone are not included in the movement restrictions and transport of horses along these roads is permitted.

Any owner within the AHS surveillance zone detecting illness in horses, which includes unexplained fever, swelling of the head and neck and difficulty breathing should report the case to the local state vet. Visit www.elsenburg.com for the contact details of the relevant state vet. Permit applications can be lodged with Dr Camilla Weyer at equineresearchcentre@gmail.com

 

Please visit http://www.elsenburg.com/vetepi/  to access an interactive Google map of the borders of the containment zone.

 

African Horse Sickness

Caption: Minister Winde, Lodewikus Hanekom, Dr. Gary Buhrmann, Chief State Veterinarian: Boland, Western Cape Department of Agriculture

 


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.elsenburg.com
Twitter: bronwynnejooste

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A new version of CapeFarmMapper has been released on the 1st of April 2016.  CapeFarmMapper is an online mapping application developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.  The old version has been in operation for over four years and will be deprecated at the end of March 2016.  The new version implements more up to date technologies and aims to provide a better user experience and more advanced tools.

The application aims to assist users with spatial information queries and decision making in the fields of agriculture, farm planning and environmental management by providing access to numerous spatial data sets in the WCDoA spatial database through Web services, as wells as a range of tools that allow users to create data, import and export user generated spatial data, create maps, share map views and access geoprocessing services on the WCDoA map server.

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For any queries regarding the new version release, please contact the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at info@elsenburg.com.

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Auction of young ostrich breeders at Oudtshoorn Research farm

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture are presenting the twelfth consecutive auction of young breeder ostriches at Oudtshoorn Research Farm on 15 March 2016. 

This yearly production auction has become a highlight on the calendar of the Oudtshoorn Research Farm. The auction give producers access to young breeders with records, thus giving them an opportunity to obtain better genetic material to improve their breeding flocks.   The ostriches are presented with individual breeding values for life weight, egg production and chick production.  A total of 86 young breeders will be made available for sale.  

The auction will start at 14:00 on 15 March and will be presented in the form of a catalogue auction where each ostrich will be presented individually for sale.  Catalogue will be available at registration or beforehand if requested.  There will be an opportunity for viewing of the ostriches on appointment before the auction. 

Interested parties can either contact Zanell Brand (044-2726077 / zanellb@elsenburg.com) or Anel Engelbrecht (044-2726077 / anele@elsenburg.com) for more information.   

 


 

Volstruisveiling op Oudtshoorn Navorsingsplaas

Die Wes-Kaapse Departement Landbou se Oudtshoorn Navorsingsplaas bied vanjaar die twaalfde agtereenvolgende volstruisveiling van jong broeivoëls aan op 15 Maart 2016. 

Die jaarlikse produksieveiling van jong broeivoëls poog om aan volstruisprodusente die geleentheid te gee om beter genetiese materiaal vir hulle broeikuddes te bekom.  Die diere word met individuele teeltwaardes vir liggaamsgewig, eierproduksie en kuikenproduksie aangebied.  Daar sal 86 jong broeivolstruise  aangebied word.  

Die veiling sal om 14:00 op 15 Maart begin en neem die vorm van ‘n katalogusveiling aan waar elke volstruis indiwidueel opgeveil word.  Katalogusse sal by registrasie beskikbaar wees, of vooraf op aanvraag.  Die volstruise kan ook voor die veiling op afspraak besigtig word. 

Belangstellendes kan vir Zanell Brand (044-2726077 / zanellb@elsenburg.com) of Anel Engelbrecht (044-2726077 / anele@elsenburg.com) kontak vir meer inligting.   

 

African Horse Sickness

A ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect on Monday (1 February 2016).

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled Area would spend 14 days at a stop-quarantine facility.

"We need to protect our status as an African Horse Sickness free zone. The high risk AHS season is from 1 February to 30 June. In order to manage the risk, all horses entering the province during these months will be held at an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days.

“After this period, they will be tested to prove they are free of AHS. This test will take place at a lab approved by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The horses will be then able to enter the Western Cape’s AHS Controlled Area.”

Minister Winde added that according to the AHS Control Policy: Movement Control Protocol, all horses entering the AHS Controlled Area, from an AHS Infected Zone, must have been vaccinated within the past two years and not less than 40 days prior to entry.

The Standard Operating Procedure for AHS Stop-Over Quarantine is attached.

 


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Email: bronwynne.jooste@westerncape.gov.za
Website: www.elsenburg.com
Twitter: bronwynnejooste

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