Animal health training conducted in Windhoek
Agra ProVision successfully presented the Applied Animal Health training last week in Windhoek, with the practical sessions held at Neudamm Agriculture College. The course was attended by farmers, with the objective to develop and implement improved animal health programmes for livestock.
The training sensitised farmers on: requirements of healthy livestock, infectious diseases to be immunised against, internal and external parasites to be controlled, and remedies used to enhance livestock health.
Dr Fonnie Bruwer, Agra ProVision’s Veterinarian noted that livestock farming is the future for food security and safety. Explaining the training approach, he said, “Our proactive approach to ensure that livestock are healthy contributes to improving livestock productivity directly and also to wider goals of food security, poverty alleviation and environmental conservation.”
Dr Bruwer stressed that farmers need to vaccinate their livestock to prevent them from getting sick, and also need to treat sick animals with the recommend remedies/antibiotics.
Sylvia Shikongo, one of the training participants and Pig Production Manager from Oluno Correctional Facility in Oshana said farmers must transfer the newly acquired knowledge to their colleagues who wish to improve their produce.
The sessions were a combination of both theory and practical sessions, ensuring that participants are well equipped with the right knowledge, skills and expertise. By the end of the training course, the participants were able to select the appropriate remedies required to implement the livestock health programme to maintain healthy livestock.