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P4 Elements for sustainable animal health and welfare for the red meat industry




1  Animal welfare

Practical improvement of production systems to advance welfare on South African farms and communal animal production systems

Establishment of farming and processing practices that lead to the introduction and maintenance of acceptable animal welfare standards, according to good farming practice and profitability. (This is also essential for ensuring consumer acceptance and international trade in animal products)

2. Animal/pathogen/ environment interactions (climate change

Development of a comprehen-sive risk assessment and information system for disease control including pathogen resistance tracking

Advising farmers on combatting pathogen resistance through proven technology and research finding

Knowledge of all the contributory (sufficient cause) factors, which contribute to the establishment and severity of diseases, to understand and control important diseases

Identify the changes in the distribution of livestock diseases, disease vectors and parasites, as a result of climate change

Understand the immunological response, including at cellular and molecular level, to allow for better vaccine development

Knowledge of vector/host /pathogen interactions that allow for the understanding of the epidemiology of diseases and thus enabling risk assessment

3. Diagnostics

Updated and new diagnostic technologies for the FMD virus, especially SAT strains, bovine brucellosis and Johne's disease

The improvement of existing or introduction of new diagnostic technology to enable the rapid, precise, sensitive, reliable, practical and cost-effective identification of a range of diseases

4. Disease control strategies

Development of new vaccines initiated and existing vaccines improved

Effective, reliable and cost-efficient vaccines become available, using appropriate available technologies

Control strategies developed that are sustainable, biologically sound, economically justifiable, ecologically acceptable, and internationally recognised

Alternative and complementary strategies are available to control diseases on a holistic, sustainable and integrated basis
Development of a functional traceability system for livestock in South Africa

Animal identification and traceability system(s) that are cost-effective, easy to use, robust, reliable, and secure