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    Projects of the Veterinary Science Library : African Goats
   
 

    Goats

Information on goats and goat production systems in Africa

 

 

   
  Southern African Development Community - Small Ruminant Network.
 

( SADC-SRNET )

Prof E.F. Donkin (Co-ordinator for South Africa)
 

Tel : +27 12 529-8363      Fax : +27 12 529 8396
Enquiries: ned.donkin@up.ac.za
Department of Veterinary Production and Ethology
Faculty of Veterinary Science
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X04,
Onderstepoort 0110,
South Africa
 
 

 

1. The SADC-SRNET

A Regional Workshop was organized in Malawi in 2000 by the University of Malawi and Heifer Project International with the support of Land O'Lakes. The main purpose was to set up a Regional Network of communication between people involved in goat production, research and development in the SADC Region. This concept was widened at the Workshop to include sheep as well as goats, and the Network will be known as the SADC-SRNET (Southern African Development Community - Small Ruminant Network). Each country will have its own local Network, and these will be linked across the Region. The objectives of the Workshop are summarized in the paper: SADC-SRNET paper 2000

2. Representatives in South Africa

Prof E.F. Donkin was nominated as the co-ordinator for South Africa. This is intended to be an interim position, and the ideal is that the people themselves involved in each country will decide how best to achieve the objectives of better communication and sharing of information about production, research and development projects involving small ruminants.

At present the " back-up" people are:

* Heleen Els, who is also at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort
Address: heleen.els@up.ac.za

* Gavin MacGregor, who is a Director of Heifer Project in South Africa, which is a major NGO internationally, managing development projects involving livestock.
Address: hpsagm@mweb.co.za

3. Communication

The easiest means of communication is via e-mail. A list of some of the people involved in small ruminant production, research and development projects are gathered and e-mail messages send to them. Please feel free to discuss this initiative with colleagues, and let me know of other people whom we should include. The objective is to be as inclusive as possible.

* Join the SA SRnet by completing the application form. It can be submitted electronically or can be faxed/posted.

* If you wish your name NOT to be included, please let me know.

* If a person does not have e-mail, it will still be possible to communicate by ordinary post, but there may be a cost involved, which will have to be budgeted for and provided for.

Initially we want to include those people within South Africa, but if you are aware of others in neighbouring SADC countries, their names can be passed on to their own country co-ordinators.

4. Information: Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD)

Official reports about the FMD outbreaks in South Africa:

SR1 Report: ANIMAL HEALTH FOLLOW-UP REPORT (number 5)
SR1 Report: ANIMAL HEALTH FOLLOW-UP REPORT (number 8)

   

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