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Zimbabwe: Diseases Claim 30 000 Cattle in Masvingo

02 October 2006

ZIMBABWE - At least 30 000 cattle died of various diseases in Masvingo in the first eight months of this year, further depleting the drought-prone province's herd.

This has seriously crippled replenishment efforts in the face of crippling droughts which have surfaced over decades.

Most of the cattle succumbed to anthrax, lumpy skin and blackleg, among other diseases.

In an interview last week, Masvingo provincial veterinary director Dr Charity Sibanda said the province -- which has an estimated 800 000 cattle -- had lost 30 000 beasts since the beginning of the year.

"This year we lost approximately 30 000 cattle to a combination of diseases in the first eight months. The diseases that claimed most of the cattle were lumpy skin, anthrax and blackleg. This adversely affected efforts by the province to restock its beef herd," said Dr Sibanda.

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