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QUTHING TARGETS TO VACCINATE OVER 200 000 SMALL STOCK AGAINST SCAB

Quthing, March 09 — As part of their contribution to make the ongoing vaccination campaign of small-stock against sheep scab a success in the district, farmers urged to continue to bring their animals in large numbers to the vaccination centres located in agricultural resource centres of Quthing district.

 In an interview the District Veterinary Officer Dr. Mugandani Tamuka said the vaccination campaign is reported to be continuing smoothly at all agricultural resource centres as farmers everyday bring their sheep and goats to the vaccination centres to be vaccinated and dipped against sheep scab.

He stated that there are 60 vaccination sites in the district and the vaccination is being carried out by livestock extension officers and livestock community health workers that have been trained by the department of livestock services.

He further said that the sheep are vaccinated while goats are dipped, adding that the vaccination sites are located where they could easily be accessible to avoid driving animals long for distances, adding that the sites are found at resource centres, chief’s residences, and at some cattle posts selected by farmers.

Quthing has six agricultural resource centres namely; Mphaki, Makoae, Koali, Tlatlametsi, Central and Tele. More than 200 000 sheep comprising goats were vaccinated against sheep scab last year.

Small stock vaccination campaign is carried out annually by department livestock for eradication of sheep scab that destroy wool and mohair quality.  Wool and mohair are on the top list of the country’s exports commodities.

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