Water quality is critical in poultry production yet most poultry farmers do not know how this can impact their flock’s performance. Historically in Zimbabwe, indigenous chickens have been given water that has been used to rinse dishes among other primary uses.
Many of us have been warned in the social media about sightings of strays/suspected rabid dogs in the suburbs of Harare. Farmers have also noted an apparent increase of jackals in the rural areas. Both sets of observations are ominous as rabies tends to be the consequence of a population increase of these two key groups of vectors of rabies.
As the 2015-16 agriculture season advances we have seen temperatures rise by the day almost confirming the fears of an El Nino developing and is associated with below-average and erratic rainfall in the country. This means that the pastures will have very little grass for grazing forcing some cattle to resort to consuming sprouting tree leaves (browsing) as trees are less susceptible to climatic fluctuations than grass.
The out break of disease in intensive animal operations such as poultry, pig, dairy or kennels can lead to major financial losses for the producer. Fortunately, disease caused by microbial contamination can be prevented or reduced using proper management practices and modern health products.
This communication discusses a new and effective disinfectant called DEXID 400 which is now available from Fivet.