Loading...
See More

Feedlot free of disease: Karan Beef

Mar 28 2011 15:13 Sapa

Related Articles

Foot-and-mouth case suspected in Gauteng

Farmers say disease not in check

More foot-and-mouth disease in KZN

Ban on cloven-hoofed animals eased

Foot-and-mouth outbreak halts exports

Govt: Disease not our fault

 
Johannesburg - There is no trace of foot-and-mouth disease at a feedlot belonging to Karan Beef in Heidelberg, the company said on Monday.

"As part of our proactive and preventative approach we tested a significant number of cattle (in Gauteng) and no trace of the virus was found," said Karan Beef veterinarian Dirk Verwoerd.

"We bled the animals in question at the request (of) the state and found antibodies.... This could be from exposure weeks and even months ago," Verwoerd said.

The beef supplier put its feedlot in Heidelberg under quarantine as a precaution on March 18, following a recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the Ingwavuma area in KwaZulu-Natal.

International trade in cloven-hoofed animals and their products from South Africa was suspended as a precaution, in accordance with international protocol.

Verwoerd said that from March 19, 94 animals sourced from the Blood River-Vryheid area, about 150km from the outbreak zone, were tested.

"We slaughtered them as a precaution and then moved to animals they had been in contact with, which was about 1 800 animals," he said.

The cows were all six to nine months old, an age with the highest mortality rate from the virus.

Verwoerd said the disease poses no risk to human consumption.

"There is no need to panic at all. That applies to consumers and the industry as a whole. Security of supply will also not be affected," he said.

Karan Beef owns about 30% of the market share in South Africa.

"With this virus we had to act immediately and do something, even if the virus was not present," Verwoerd said.

The company will conduct a final set of tests in mid-April to rule out all possibility of the virus.

Foot-and-mouth  disease is caused by the picorna virus and is potentially fatal and highly infectious. It is a severe plague for animal farming and is passed on in cloven-hoofed animals like cattle, sheep, goats and deer.

kwazulu natal  |  foot and mouth disease
NEXT ON FIN24X

 

Lastest Articles

Here is how to check your credit score and manage it Read More...
Top tips to save money over the festive period Read More...
These are the top 5 most fuel efficient cars in SA Read More...
What to consider when switching medical aid schemes Read More...
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:

Small Business

Retailers of any shape and size can now unlock the power of mobile transacting.
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...
Loading...