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EAR TAG OFFICE CLOSES FOR STOCK TAKING

The Meat Board would like to inform all producers and individuals that the ear tag office of the Meat Board will be closed on Friday, 16 August 2019 from 8H00 until 10H00 for stock taking. The office will be open again from 10H00 on these days for the purchasing of ear tags. The Meat Board apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused by the closing of the ear tag office. For any further information, please contact Ms Saraphia Kapenaina: 061-275865/4/3.

Use of Fish Oil in Livestock feed

Livestock producers to take note that in accordance with the Animal Health Act (Act 02 of 2011) Regulations Section 95 (c): "The owners of ruminant animals must not feed seal oil, seal meal and fish meal to ruminants."

Fish oils is not included in this prohibition.

Deadline for submission of Animal Health Declaration

Producers must submit the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) Animal Health Declarations twice per annum for the period January to June and July to December.  The deadlines for submission is 31 July and 31 Janulry of each year for the respective periods.

THE USE OF UNREGISTERED ANIMAL FEEDS

The Meat Board once again wants to remind the farmer community that only registered animal feed products may be used as livestock feed.  This is in line with the Fertilizer, Farm Feeds, Agricultural remedies and Stock remedies Act (Act 36 of 1947), as well as being in line with FAN Meat standards for producers.  These standards clearly state that only feeds that have been registered as such, may be used as animal feed.  These standards also clearly state that chicken manure may NOT be used as animal feed.  The use of chicken manure is an unsanitary practice as it can lead to the spread of diseases as well as unwanted antibiotic residues in meat.  Furthermore, Namibia’s most important trading partner, the European Union, strictly prohibits this practice.  The farmers community is therefore made aware of the fact that chicken manure is NOT registered as animal feed in Namibia and that the use thereof is not in the interest of the meat industry.

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