SOUTH AFRICAN MAINTAINS TESTING OF NAMIBIAN CATTLE FOR BOVINE TB

The South African Government has clarified that it has not suspended bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) testing for cattle exported from Namibia to that country as announced earlier by Namibia’s Agriculture Ministry.

A statement received from the Director of Communication Services in the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Steve Galane, said that South Africa’s import requirements with regards to bTB testing remains in force.

His statement thus annulled a declaration issued by the Acting Permanent Secretary in Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Sophie Kasheeta, last month that all bTB testing for the export of cattle destined for feedlots and abattoirs in South Africa has been suspended.

“Namibia claims to be free of TB and had submitted surveillance information to the Veterinary Authorities of South Africa which could not scientifically prove freedom from TB,” the statement from South Africa said.

It added that if the certifying veterinarians in Namibia were confident that the herds from which the animals originate are free of TB, then they will be able to certify that requirement.

This explanation formed part of the discussions and the signed agreement following the meeting of the ministers of agriculture of Namibia and South Africa in Swaziland on 24 November 2016.

DAFF maintains that cattle destined for feedlots and slaughter in South Africa should show no sign of bovine tuberculosis on the day of shipment; originated from a herd free from bTB or were subjected to a tuberculin test for bTB with negative results during the 30 days prior to shipment; and are not being eliminated as part of an eradication programme against bTB.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK