Animal Identification - Tattooing
By Dr Mackie Hobson

Wednesday, 12th May 2021

ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION

Animal Identification is by law something all producers must do in South Africa. Identification also has a number of Husbandry, Health and Welfare benefits for example:

  • Prevent theft
  • Maintaining mother/kid bond- Nutrition/milk supply and reducing maternal stress through separation.
  • Enable treatment animals without isolating and adding to stress
  • Monitoring of animal data such as weights to enable early detection of health concerns
  • TST (Target Selective Treatment) in roundworm management, identifying animals that require anthelmintic treatment and reducing dependence on anthelmintics through selection and reduced treatments.
  • Maintain accurate health records of vaccination, treatments and nutrition.
  • Selection of traits such as the hardy gene or disease/parasite resistance to reduce welfare concerns.

 

See the Mohair Best Practice video on Tattooing https://www.angoras.co.za/article/sa-mohair-industry-best-practice-tattooing

 

BY LAW LIVESTOCK MUST BE IDENTIFIED in South Africa.

Below South African Department: Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD)

Jan Nel- Veterinary Law application and Law Enforcement (Feb 2021)

 

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