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Okangoho crush pen to handle livestock vaccinations and inspections in the Omaheke Region

Okangoho crush pen to handle livestock vaccinations and inspections in the Omaheke Region

The construction of the Okangoho crush pen, an initiative of the Meatco Foundation and partners UNIL (Norwegian Group), commenced this week and is expected to be complete on 4 March.

The crush pen will be essential in treating injuries, vaccinations, livestock inspections at close quarters, hoove checks or during the delivering of a calf when the mother is in difficulty.

L.W Burger Contractors began clearing the site earlier this month and the first load of building materials arrived from South Africa last week. The Meatco Foundation together with its partner UNIL will officially handover the crush pen to the settlement’s farmers’ co-operative and the entire community in April.

Manager: Livestock Procurement – Communal, Patrick Liebenberg said Meatco is pleased that everything is moving forward as planned with the construction work of the crush pen.

“The handover date is fast approaching which means we will soon be doing business with Okangoho farmers and those living in the surrounding areas,” Liebenberg said.

Meatco will host the first scheduled Permit Day for 2018 at the site on 4 April. Farmers will be expected to bring their cattle to the facility for marketing and they will receive immediate cash for cattle sold on the day.

The Okangoho settlement is located 46km northeast of Okakarara and 44km from the tar road linking Okamatapati and Gobabis.



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