Monthly Newsletters

May 2022 Newsletter

  • Predation monitor farms, a 14-year journey through the Integrated Livestock Predation Management Programme, is projected in the annual report by Niel Viljoen. 
  • In an attempt to inform consumers that livestock producers approach predation in a responsible, scientific and sustainable manner, the May 2022 newsletter continues to address preventative control measures, focusing on light- and large-scale odour deterrents.  The Modern Shepherd, which works on animal senses by keeping predators away from livestock through sound and smell, is part of the toolbox of predation methods. 
  • Producers often ask why they should apply conservation farming or conservation in general to their properties, since their primary activity is agriculture or agricultural production. In the second of a three-part article, Jaco van Deventer of Cape Nature seeks to encourage farmers to apply holistic farming management.
  • Eastern Cape Predation Forum 
  • National Museum publication focus on predation.

 

April 2022 Newsletter

  • In an attempt to inform consumers that livestock producers approach predation in a responsible, scientific and sustainable manner, the April 2022 newsletter continues to address preventative control measures, focusing on sound deterrents such as the Modern Shepherd, which works on animal senses by keeping predators away from livestock through sound and smell.
  • Producers often ask why they should apply conservation farming or conservation in general to their properties, since their primary activity is agriculture or agricultural production. In this first article of three, Jaco van Deventer of Cape Nature seeks to encourage farmers to apply holistic farming management.
  • Who is PMSA and what are they busy with ? Powerpoint presentation for download.
  • Check out the website of Niel Viljoen, which gives comprehensive guidelines that help farmers to choose lambing areas, lambing times as well as management strategies for the erection of fences.
  • National Museum publication focus on predation.

 

March 2022 Newsletter

In an attempt to inform consumers that livestock producers approach predation in a responsible, scientific and sustainable manner, the March 2022 newsletter addresses preventative control measures of micro camp systems and kraals, under the FENCING banner.  Predation specialist, Niel Viljoen further provides practical and workable tips on the methods. 

PMSA participated in their first meeting of the Wildlife Forum, where they indicated their willingness to participate in the Global Environment Facility (GEF 7). 

The availability of leopard cage traps, sponsored by CHASA, to the East Cape Department of Conservation and permit holders in the Eastern Cape. 

The Western Cape Predation Management Forum held a meeting recently and are investigating alternative control methods for jackals. 

The National Museum in Bloemfontein published a special predation issue in their journal Indago. 

 

Click here to read the March edition of the newsletter -  sponsored by FARMRanger - www.farmranger.co.za 

 

February 2022 Newsletter

The February 2022 newsletter announces the membership of animal welfare grouping, Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee (LWCC), to the PMSA. 

PMSA aims to inform consumers that livestock producers approach predation in a responsible, scientific and sustainable manner, therefore the following newsletters will dictate itself to a series of preventative en remedial measures.  This month addresses FENCING, relating to Jackal-proof mesh fence and electric fencing.

WRSA shares an interesting concept of a warthog "pass-through", reducing regular fence repairs drastically and if coupled with a slightly modified electrified fencing, could be very effective. 

A new procedure on data collection of large predators have been developed and is contained a recent paper written under the auspices of the African Large Predator Research Unit (ALPRU). 

Click here to read the February edition of the newsletter -  sponsored by FARMRanger - www.farmranger.co.za 

 

January 2022 Newsletter

The January 2022 newsletter refers back to February last year, where PMSA zoomed into proposed research on bush pigs in protected buffer zones in the Garden route, and tracks some progress in this edition.  The Predation Management Centre, based at the University of Free State, provides preventative strategies in managing predation by leopards.  PMSA is represented on the Leopard Forum, whose overall objective is to work towards ecologically sustainable conservation of the leopard across the landscape for the socio-economic environmental benefits in line with the constitution. 

Click here to read the January edition of the newsletter -  sponsored by FARMRanger - www.farmranger.co.za 

 

December 2021 Newsletter

The last newsletter for 2021, warns farmers of how the new breeding of the black backed jackal will reach changing stage, creating a population explosion of young jackal in January 2022  and how farmers should adjust their management practices accordingly. 

Should you want to track and follow how predation management has been conducted in SA since the 1950's, you can download document "Predation management in South Africa - historical milestones", which appears on Predation Management Centre website. 

Click here to read the December issue of newsletter -  sponsored by FARMRanger - www.farmranger.co.za 

 

 

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