October 2019

The October 2019 newsletter projects the fifth chapter of the Scientific Assessment which looks at the LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS in the management of livestock predation.  The Scientific Assessment publication can also be downloaded https://predsa.mandela.ac.za/Scientific-Assessment-Publication 

Attempts by PMSA to influence legislation relating to predation. 

The next leaflet in the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) series covering the black-backed jackal. 

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September 2019

The September 2019 newsletter projects the fourth chapter of the Scientific Assessment which looks at the ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS in the management of livestock predation.  The Scientific Assessment publication can also be downloaded https://predsa.mandela.ac.za/Scientific-Assessment-Publication 

New developments whereby the predation forum is now a legal entity and the election of a vice chairman for Predation Management South Africa (PMSA). 

The next leaflet in the Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC) series covering the black-backed jackal. 

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August 2019

The August 2019 newsletter projects the third chapter of the Scientific Assessment which looks at the SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT of livestock predation and its prevention in South Africa.  The Scientific Assessment publication can also be downloaded https://predsa.mandela.ac.za/Scientific-Assessment-Publication 

Letter of gratitude from the Marydale agricultural union towards Niel Viljoen for the skill and knowledge he brings to farmers through his training courses. 

Line up of experts who shared their knowledge of predation through publications and media. 

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July 2019

The July 2019 newsletter projects the second chapter of the Scientific Assessment which looks at the HISTORY of predator-livestock in South Africa.  The Scientific Assessment publication can also be downloaded https://predsa.mandela.ac.za/Scientific-Assessment-Publication 

The Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC), based at the University of Free State navigates to their website where the reader can get information leaflets on the black backed jackal. 

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June 2019

The June newsletter focuses on the chairman's report of Guillau du Toit at the annual NWGA National Congress, where predation featured strongly.  

Predation specialist Niel Viljoen delivered a presentation at the annual NWGA National Congress where the message of "Predation rather than predator management" was encouraged. 

The listing of topics that were covered at the predation workshop as one of the sessions of SASAS Congress 2019. 

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May 2019

The May 2019 newsletter projects the start of dissecting the Scientific Assessment where chapter 1 introduces the reader to the need for, and value of a scientific assessment of livestock predation in SA.  The Scientific Assessment publication can also be downloaded https://predsa.mandela.ac.za/Scientific-Assessment-Publication 

It further informs of the availability of the Predation Management Manual, which is a farmer's one-stop guide in identifying and managing predators. 

The Predation Management Information Centre (PMiC), based at the University of Free State, provides interesting information leaflets. 

East Cape farmers and farm laborers benefit from training on predation. 

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Niel Viljoen Predation Management Programme

Monitor farms to assess management tools in support of predation management training in South Africa. 

According to the 2018 report by Niël Viljoen and his assessment of monitor farms the past 11 years, the most important lesson learnt is that no single management strategy is fool-proof. The secret lies within a combination of management strategies and more importantly, the understanding that these strategies should be altered to prevent predators from adapting to one specific approach.

Another key factor is that each livestock producer must fully understand the biology and behaviour patterns of predators that are to be dealt with. The results of Viljoen’s evaluation show significant success and hope for farmers in managing livestock losses. During 2008 when the first monitor farms were established, losses of 2 311 were recorded and the most recent figures for 2018 were down to 828 animals. These results did come at a price as the number of predators that had to be eliminated increased from 242 in 2008 to 526 in 2018. As this surely does not mean that all predators need to be removed from nature, it is important to understand that if predation among livestock reaches a certain level, some unwanted predators will need to be eliminated. The black-backed jackal, mainly a scavenger, is responsible for 68% of losses (Fig. 22). The preferred prey base in this case is smaller types of lambs up to 30 kg. The caracal, a bigger predator that does not like to scavenge, will go for a bigger prey base, mostly heavier than 30 kg, like lambs that have already been weaned and fully grown ewes. Predation management aims to reduce livestock losses but comes at a cost.

Niel Viljoen Annual Report 2018 

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April 2019

The April edition portrays a positive international perspective on Pred SA (Scientific Assessment) and a link provides interesting reading on why Jackals thrive where humans dominate.  Read here

Newsletter sponsored by Mertech Cable & Wire who market and sell steel cable and wire products. 

March 2019

The March newsletter focuses on Niel Viljoen's 2018 annual report, which echoes the scientific assessment that there is no single "silver bullet" for predation management.  Read here.  

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