World Zoonoses Day | 6 July | Health for Animals

World Zoonoses Day | 6 July | Health for Animals Each year, just 13 zoonotic diseases will cause ‘2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths’ according to the International Livestock Research Institute. This is why protecting animal health is vital. Preventing disease in animals can save the lives of […]

#BrakesonBrucellosis-Prevention for the Veterinarian and Para-Veterinarian

Veterinarians or para-veterinary professionals should take the necessary precautions when handling any animal that may potentially be infected with Brucellosis, e.g. a cow from a positive or unknown status herd that has aborted or that requires calving assistance. Wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) including shoulder-length disposable plastic gloves, […]

#BrakesonBrucellosis-Is the consumer at risk for contracting Brucellosis?

Pasteurised dairy products are safe from Brucellosis. Raw dairy products from Brucellosis infected herds are not safe. If you are uncertain about the safety of your dairy products, boil the raw milk for 10 to 15 seconds before consumption or processing into cheese or other dairy products. #BrakesonBrucellosis #CollaborateTestVaccinate #Brucellosis […]


  All infected cattle sent to an abattoir must be accompanied by a Red Cross permit from the state veterinarian. Farmers should ensure that the abattoir accepts Brucella-positive cattle. These cattle should only be slaughtered with special precautions at the end of a day’s slaughtering and the abattoir must be […]

#BrakesonBrucellosis-Farmer Responsibility

The only person who can protect your herd from Brucellosis is you. When buying cattle, you should insist on vaccination records and recent herd tests from the farm of origin. The seller must be able to prove that the heifers were vaccinated, and the herd of origin tested negative for […]

#BrakesonBrucellosis-Brucellosis: Is a herd disease

Bovine brucellosis threatens the reproduction and production levels of livestock herds throughout South Africa. If one animal in your herd tests positive for brucellosis, the entire herd is considered infected and placed under quarantine. This is because the disease caused by the bacterium Brucella abortus, has a long incubation period. […]

#BrakesonBrucellosis-Brucellosis: The Trojan Horse for your herd

Heifers born from infected cows often test negative for brucellosis and only test positive after their first calving. Newly purchased heifers are considered high risk and should be kept separate from the rest of the herd until they have calved and can be tested for brucellosis. #BrakesonBrucellosis #CollaborateTestVaccinate #Brucellosis #SAVC […]