50k cattle lost to January Disease

03 Apr, 2019 - 14:04 0 Views


Tariroyashe Goredema,H-Metro Reporter

OVER 50 000 cattle were lost to January Disease last year alone, an agricultural body has said.

In an interview, an official with Agri Universe urged farmers to apply tick grease to their livestock in order to protect their cattle from the deadly disease.

“In 2018 the country lost approximately 50 000 cattle to the disease,” the official said.

This comes in the wake of the ravaging January Disease that has left a dwindled national herd.

The most affected areas hit by the deadly disease which culls cattle are Goromonzi, Marondera, Centenary, Chegutu, Gutu, Bindura and Chivhu.

The director of the Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services Josphat Nyika said the deadly disease had cost many farmers as they are forced to destroy the infected cattle so that the disease does not spread.

“We have been treating more than 2000 cattle suffering from theileriosis across the country and most farmers are forced to disperse the infected cattle before the disease spreads.

“In Mhondoro we have cases of approximately 100 cattle which died from the disease,” he said.

The first outbreak of the disease was reported in Mashonaland Central in January after a number of cattle showed signs of suffering.

The disease being reported as theilerosis is a tick borne disease spread by brown ear ticks.

The Department of Livestock and Veterinary Services has urged farmers to be alert or they risk losing livestock through the January Disease.

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