By Patrick Shoriwa & Taruvinga Magwiroto In livestock production, one of the key factors which influence profit are mortalities and morbidities (deaths and illness). In poultry production especially, it is generally given that your mortality rate should be below 5% if your venture is to be viable. One of the ways to prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases is by means of bio-security. Bio-security … Continue reading BIO-SECURITY IN POULTRY HOUSES

Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe: Theileriosis (January Disease)

In today’s instalment, we  continue our series on ticks and tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe. We have established that ticks are of economic importance in livestock production: meaning that farmers stand to lose money if they do not control these external parasites. The major reason why ticks are of economic importance is because they transmit tick-borne diseases, such as Theileriosis (January Disease), Anaplasmosis (Gall Sickness), Babesiosis (Red Water) … Continue reading Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe: Theileriosis (January Disease)


Hello there livestock farmers! This week I want to talk about ticks. This is an important topic in Zimbabwe today because of the unprecedented cattle losses that have happened around the country in 2017-2018 from tick-borne diseases, particularly Theileriosis or January Disease. Because Zimbabwe is found in the Tropics, our climate is perfectly suited for the survival of many fauna and flora. Unfortunately, some of … Continue reading TICKS, TICKS, TICKS!