The main issue of the day was the lack of participation from farmers to take action in the reduction of livestock loss due to disease, theft and predation. Farmers were encouraged to up their game in ensuring that they view livestock farming as a business that requires a management plan to ensure their success.
Another farmers’ workshop was held in Sebuiwa ranch in the Sandveld ranches. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the DWNP and was fully funded by CCB. 62 participants managed to attend, drawn from various ranches and cattle posts around the area.
The objectives of the workshop were to promote improved livestock management to ensure good husbandry, herd health, fertility and reduced livestock losses. To increase knowledge on predator species and options for reducing conflict and livestock losses, with a focus on the use of livestock guarding dogs. To increase knowledge on the importance of wildlife in the ecosystem as well as in the country’s economy. To sensitize participants about the possible outcomes of environmental mismanagement particularly veldt fires, and raise awareness of the government policies that affect the farmers. A representative from the Sandveld farmers association also addressed the participants on the need for all to become members of the association and its benefits.
CCB wrapped the day up by presenting on reducing livestock losses as well as training and care of livestock guarding dogs to reduce predator impacts. CCB’s community outreach would like to extend its acknowledgement to Serowe DWNP for carrying out all the logistical arrangements that included farmers’ invitations and transportation to the workshop venue. It was reflected in the evaluation that the workshop was well prepared for and participants were satisfied with the training.