Three cases of foot and mouth desease outbreak reported in Free State, farmers warned to be cautious

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The head of Veterinary Services in the Free State Department of Agriculture, Dr Kristan Mojapelo has cautioned farmers to be vigilant when buying livestock. Three farms have been placed under quarantine following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the province.

The outbreak has been confirmed in two farms in Viljoenskroon, while the third farm in Frankfort is still under investigation.

Tests confirm an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease at three Free State farms:

Mojapelo says farmers should be extremely cautious. “So the most important thing that farmers should do and look out for – auctions. A place where people when having a problem of this nature use auctions to get rid of their problems.”

“So I think the best advice I would give the farmers is to exercise extreme caution when they buy animals from the auction. And if it were possible it’s good to always buy animals from a reputable buyer, somebody that you know and somebody who is able to attest to the health of his animals.”