SAPPO actively works toward a healthy and biosecure pig herd.
SAPPO’s Consumer Assurance team liaises closely with the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) to ensure that the local pig industry complies with the animal health standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE). Moreover, SAPPO collaborates closely with various value chain stakeholders to facilitate adequate interventions in the event of disease outbreaks.
National Pig Animal Health and Welfare Committee (NPHWC)
Although producers have always realised the value of high animal health standards for their businesses, the value of a constant focus on the health of the national herd was placed under the spotlight when two serious exotic pig diseases were identified in the country in the early 2000s. The outbreaks of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in 2004 and classical swine fever (CSF) in 2005 underlined the importance of a high health status on farms.
Fast and timely reaction to the outbreaks by members of SAPPO, with the support of the national veterinary authorities and private pig practitioners, enabled South Africa to successfully eradicate both these diseases.
SAPPO has an excellent working relationship with the national veterinary authorities and cooperates with them on regular national serological surveys to prove the absence of many viral diseases found in other countries.
The NPHWC’s policies, projects, and decisions are implemented via the head of Consumer Assurance, Dr Peter Evans.
|Name||Business phone||Mobile phone||Email address||Town||Practice / Company|
|Heinz Bodenstein||012 460 9385||082 929 firstname.lastname@example.org||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Peter Evans||012 460 9385||082 416 email@example.com||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Annie Labuscagne||012 460 9385||082 373 firstname.lastname@example.org||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Dorothea Mostert||012 460 9385||072 925 email@example.com||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Caraleigh Stander||012 460 9385||066 307 5813||Caraleigh@csvet.co.za||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Alexander Westerink||012 460 9385||074 078 firstname.lastname@example.org||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Andrew Tucker||012 460 9385||082 858 email@example.com||Pretoria||CS Vet|
|Koos Botha||012 807 5877||082 600 firstname.lastname@example.org||Pretoria||Greenvet|
|Edgar Ortmann||033 330 7216||082 894 email@example.com||Howick||Howick Veterinary Clinic|
|Pieter Grimbeek||018 297 8155||083 625 firstname.lastname@example.org||Potchefstroom||Agrifarmacy|
|Nadia De Beer||018 297 8155||072 911 email@example.com||Potchefstroom||Agrifarmacy|
|Christo Fick||018 297 8155||083 225 firstname.lastname@example.org||Potchefstroom||Agrifarmacy|
|Shani Van Lochem||082 733 email@example.com||Pretoria||Preventicare|
|Tertius Gous||082 941 firstname.lastname@example.org||Stellenbosch||Herd Care Vet|
|Tom Spencer||012 348 0968||083 274 email@example.com||Pretoria||Tombar|
|Cilliers Louw||082 522 9162||Cillouw@hotmail.com||Wellington||Farmlands Veterinary|
South Africa’s pig compartmentalisation system is a WOAH-recognised disease control method, where clearly identified biosecure units have implemented procedures to ensure that harmful diseases are kept out of the unit. Compartments perform regular serological testing to prove the absence of diseases based on requirements of countries to which we export. These diseases include porcine respiratory and reproductive syndrome (PRRS), classical swine fever (CSF), as well as endemic diseases such as African swine fever (ASF) and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
Compartments are managed by national veterinary services, who perform annual audits regarding their compliance to procedures as set out in the Veterinary Procedural Notices (VPN). Furthermore, all compartments receive regular visits by private pig veterinary consultants who undertake to liaise with veterinary authorities should problems occur.
The compartments allow pork and pork products to be safely exported when a trade-sensitive disease is found in the country, for example FMD or ASF.
The main objective of the Pork 360 programme is to address consumer concerns around food safety and welfare, including environmental stewardship, biosecurity, and traceability. The requirements to qualify for Pork 360 membership include environmental stewardship, adherence to animal welfare standards, and residue control.
Pork 360 addresses the issue of providing safe and healthy products to the consumer, while the compartment system address disease control.