Number rises of pigs culled due to swine fever

EASTERN CAPE - The number of pigs culled in the Eastern Cape to contain swine fever has risen to 155 000 - constituting nearly two-thirds of the province's pig population.

The value of these pigs killed since the outbreak of the disease last August is estimated at R110 million. But the outbreak has been brought under control.

Lubabalo Mrwebi, the Eastern Cape Veterinary Services head, says the restocking of some commercial farms has begun. There are no more hot spots in the commercial areas, he says.

"There are a few pockets of infection in some communal areas and they are being culled at present, a process that will be completed in the next four weeks."

Source: SABCNews
calendar icon 6 January 2006
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