The reality of drought, consequences and mitigation strategies for livestock production in South Africa

Author: M.M. Scholtz, A. Maiwashe, M.A, Magadlela, T.J. Tjelele, B.D. Nkosi & M. Matabane
Year: 2016
Issue: 1
Volume: 9
Page: 6 - 10

South Africa faced its worst drought in 2015 and as a result the livestock herds and flocks were under severe threat. This drought, linked to the heat waves and the reduction in breeding stock, will result in a shortage of livestock products for the next two to four years. A number of short and long term strategies are briefly discussed, whereas the importance of water is emphasized.

Keywords: heat
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