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About the NDA infopaks

The National Department of Agriculture (NDA) maintains and compiles numerous information sheets (or infopaks) that clearly explain a wide variety of agricultural topics.

We include a number of these infopaks on our website for your convenience. Should you wish to see the complete collection, visit the NDA’s website.

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Animal health

  1. Anthrax: Anthrax is a highly contagious disease of domestic and wild animals as well as of humans. The causes, symptoms and control are discussed.(153Kb)

  2. Bees:The capensis problem. (149Kb)

  3. Brucellosis: How to identify and treat this disease. (100Kb)

  4. Congo fever: Congo fever is transmitted by the bontlegged tick. Symptoms and protection against the disease. (109Kb)

  5. Johne’s disease: Paratuberculosis, or Johne’s disease, affects cattle, sheep, goats and certain wild animal species. Symptoms and control.(66Kb)

  6. Lungsickness (CBPP) #1: Lungsickness, or contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), is a disease of cattle in Africa. This info pak provides basic information on the disease. (155Kb)
  7. Lungsickness (CBPP) #2: A more advanced guide to the disease. (348Kb)

  8. Mastitis: Mastitis can lower milk production. (110Kb)
  9. Mastitis: Mastitis kan melkproduksie baie benadeel (Afrikaans). (109Kb)

  10. Parasitic cysts and lesions in organs:Parasitic cysts in meat can cause diseases in people. (511Kb)

  11. Rabies - a killer disease: Rabies affects all warm-blooded animals, as well as man. (70Kb)
  12. Rabies - the law: Vaccinating your pets. What the law requires. (43Kb)

  13. Tapeworm: Beef tapeworm also infects humans. Prevent contamination. (84Kb)
  14. Tapeworm: Beesvleislintwurms en masels (Afrikaans). (71Kb)

  15. Tick-borne diseases: Diseases spread by ticks such as heartwater, redwater and gallsickness. (1.02Mb)


Beef cattle

  1. Castration: How to castrate beef cattle. (148Kb)
  2. Dehorning: How to dehorn beef cattle. (82Kb)
  3. Legal identification marks: How to mark your cattle. (83Kb)
  4. Weaning of calves: How to wean beef cattle. (162Kb)


Food safety

  1. Safe meat: Buy meat from a butchery, supermarket or spaza shop. (265Kb)



  1. Cashmere: New marketing opportunities. (272Kb)
  2. Goats: Goats have many uses. (275Kb)
  3. Vaccination programme: Goats are susceptable to a number of diseases. A good vaccination programme can keep them healthy. (255Kb)



  1. Exports: All the procedures to be followed when you want to export fresh meat from South Africa. (41Kb)
  2. Health: Is my animal healthy? (269Kb)
  3. Imports: Importation of animals and animal products is subject to compliance with the relevant import requirements, as stipulated on the veterinary import permit. (25Kb)
  4. Slaughterings: Slaughterings and consumer confidence. (43Kb)
  5. Terminology: Explaining some technical terms in the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No. 62 of 1998). (130Kb)



  1. Boer met varke: ’n Inleiding tot varkboerdery. Rasse, reproduksie, voeding, produktiwiteit, seleksie en algemene versorging van varke word kortliks bespreek (Afrikaans). (298Kb)
  2. Farming with pigs: An introduction to pig farming, looking at breeds, reproduction, feeding, productivity, selection and general care of pigs. (297Kb)
  3. Health: How to know if your pigs are healthy. (198Kb)



  1. Muscovy ducks: Muscovy ducks have a number of advantages over other poultry.(74Kb)
  2. Newcastle disease: Newcastle disease is a serious disease that poses a constant threat to poultry in Southern Africa. (344Kb)



  1. Keeping rabbits: Farming with rabbits is becoming increasingly popular. (151Kb)



  1. Breeding: Breeding in sheep and goats. (788Kb)
  2. Dipping: Hints for dipping sheep. (369Kb)