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Heterogeneity in a communal cattle-farming system in a zone endemic for foot and mouth disease in South Africa

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Show simple item record Van Schalkwyk, O. L. en_US De Clercq, E. M. en_US De Pus, C. en_US Hendrickx, G. en_US Van den Bossche, P. en_US Knobel, D. L. en_US 2017-12-18T12:56:10Z 2017-12-18T12:56:10Z 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1827-1987 en_US
dc.identifier.doi en_US
dc.identifier.other en_US
dc.identifier.other 71 en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-B3B; ITG-X5B; DBM; U-VPROT; JIF; DOI; PDF; OAJ; E-only; Abstract; DSPACE63 en_US
dc.description.abstract In South Africa, communal livestock farming is predominant in the foot and mouth disease control zone adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park (KNP), where infected African buffaloes are common. During routine veterinary inspections of cattle in this area, a large amount of production and demographic parameters were being recorded. These data were collated for a five-year period (2003-2007) in three study sites to better understand the temporal dynamics and spatial heterogeneity in this system. A decreasing gradient from South to North with respect to both human and cattle population densities was observed. Rainfall and human population density alone could explain 71% of the variation in cattle density. Northern and central sites showed an overall decrease in total cattle numbers (15.1 and 2.9%, respectively), whereas a 28.6% increase was recorded in the South. The number of cattle owners in relation to cattle numbers remained stable during the study period. Only 4.0% of households in the South own cattle, compared to 13.7 and 12.7% in the North and Centre. The overall annual calving rate was 23.8%. Annual mortality rates ranged from 2.4 to 3.2%. Low calf mortality (2.1%) was recorded in the North compared to the South (11.6%). Annual off-take in the form of slaughter averaged 0.2, 11.7, and 11.0% in the North, Central and South sites, respectively. These figures provide valuable baseline data and demonstrate considerable spatial heterogeneity in cattle demography and production at this wildlife-livestock interface, which should be taken into consideration when performing disease risk assessments or designing disease control systems. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.uri en_US
dc.subject Animal diseases en_US
dc.subject Foot-and-mouth disease en_US
dc.subject Cattle en_US
dc.subject Farming systems en_US
dc.subject Livestock en_US
dc.subject Production en_US
dc.subject Demographic aspects en_US
dc.subject Heterogeneity en_US
dc.subject Density en_US
dc.subject Rainfall en_US
dc.subject Calves en_US
dc.subject Mortality rates en_US
dc.subject Slaughter en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Africa-Southern en_US
dc.title Heterogeneity in a communal cattle-farming system in a zone endemic for foot and mouth disease in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article-E en_US
dc.citation.issue 338 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Geospatial Health en_US
dc.citation.volume 11 en_US
dc.citation.pages 83-94 en_US
dc.citation.abbreviation Geospat Health en_US

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