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Wednesday 27th March 2013.
Michael Priestley - Editor

Michael Priestley

FMD Outbreak Highlights Wildlife Issues

Meat exports face bleak prospect in Botswana following a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak confirmation in the Eastern border area of Francistown.

Samples taken from antelope around the village of Matopi resulted in 11 positive FMD cases after virus isolation tests were carried out at the Botswana Vaccine Institute, the World Organisation for Animal Health has reported.

Greater Kudu and Impala species were identified as carrying the virus as part of a routine surveillance programme put in place to monitor FMD, a recurring problem in the country.

Previous outbreaks in 2002 and 2006 were managed through culling and vaccination. The 2006 outbreak impacted on both herd size and export potential as the EU banned Botswana beef as part of FMD vaccination zone sanctions.

Because there is little history of commercial crop production, beef output is paramount for the nation’s economy. Crops are sold locally, however, and, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, are primarily grown on a subsistence basis.

Some years Botswana beef production amounts to 75-80 per cent of total agricultural GDP with the EU and South Africa being substantial buyers. For this reason, long term disease precautions are taken when farming cattle on the extensive rangelands.

Like other surrounding nations such as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia, ranching, feedlots and ‘cattle post’ production systems are common in Botswana. Fencing and yarding of cattle does occur but for many ranchers a free range grazing system is implemented at some stage in production.

Due to species mixing, buffalo and antelope tend to pose the main FMD threats to farmed livestock. For this reason zoning systems and buffer zones operate across grazed grassland where buffalo populations are identified.

Areas known to contain buffalo populations and the corresponding buffer zones inform authorities as to where vaccination should be targeted first. Much of southern Africa works on similar policies successfully with FMD rarely occurring in FMD free zones.

Due to their repercussions on national animal health status, vaccination schemes are intensive, according to the Botswana Export and Development Authority.

So far, the Francistown outbreak has resulted in more than 100,000 animals being vaccinated since April 2011.

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