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Nguni Cattle beneficiaries trained on effective cattle management
Tuesday, 01st February 2011
Potchefstroom: To ensure that farmers participating in the North West /IDC Nguni Cattle
Development project keep the distributed cattle in the expected state of health and that they
comply with the principles of cattle management as set, the North West Department of
Agriculture and Rural Development recently organised a week-long intensive training which
was meant for farmers who benefited from last year’s Nguni cattle distribution. The training
was held at the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture.
Facilitated by experts in the field of cattle management, this skills development initiative
dealt with the current and advanced farming practices, which included amongst others,
introduction to animal health, choosing a suitable systems like transport and markets,
materials used in cattle handling, cattle brand-marking, de-horning, dipping and castration.
One of the trainees, Mr John Motlhagodi from Bojanala district said this training was an eye
opening experience for livestock farmers. “This was an opportunity of a life time as we have
learned how to ensure that our cattle develop properly, produce better and how to prevent a
range of impediments that might affect our cattle”.
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“It is also expected”, explains Sello Mokhachane, one of the course facilitators, “that gains
derived from this training will definitely assist all Nguni beneficiaries to make informed and
better decisions in managing their cattle, as they were able to describe, explain and
demonstrate the principles and practices of beef cattle husbandry and management during
the training session”.
According to the Provincial Project Coordinator, Andrew Mathe, the project has been a
success since its inception in 2006 as a partnership between the department, the Industrial
Development Corporation (IDC) and the North West University (NWU). The objective of the
project is to reintroduce this indigenous cattle breed in the North West province.
The main aim of this project is to contribute towards poverty alleviation and job creation by
providing deserving beneficiaries who met stringent set criteria with a total of 23 heifers and
one bull as a loan.
MEC Boitumelo Tshwene is meanwhile advising all Nguni beneficiaries to continue seeking
appropriate agricultural information from experts to enhance their level of understanding and
share whatever they learned from the training with their peers in livestock farming.
“Information sharing is essential,” he asserts.
All 121 Nguni project beneficiaries have gone through this training, and the Department is
pleased that this process is contributing positively towards the project’s success.
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Contact Person: Ms Bonolo Mohlakoana
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