The brucellosis solution in South Africa

GMPBasic =
Good management
protocols

The initial work is still done out in the field, next to a pen and race system

The South African reality

1994 – 2021
The reality of the matter is that the ANC government that took over control of running the country in 1994, structured all their Local districts and Local municipalities to function on an electoral basis to keep them in power.

Regrettably, the appointed managers in all these municipalities and districts largely have no knowledge or idea what veterinary health and veterinary public health entails. Subsequently they have channeled all or most government veterinary funds to other projects or salaries.

This has left a massive financial shortcoming for state veterinarians, animal health technician, veterinarians and livestock owners, in this case cattle owners / managers with regards to brucellosis control and management.

GMP Traceability identified this via a ‘Gap analysis’ in 2004 and started developing an on-farm livestock ID, production, reproduction, disease management and comprehensive traceability system with functionalities for all the Key system parameters.

This led to the launch of the GMPTags system and the GMPBasic on-farm computing system.

Read more about this in GMPTags and GMPBasic in the menu.

When the brucella bacteria is ingested by the susceptible cattle, they pass down the oesophagus into the rumen, the stomach and small intestine. The bacteria are then ‘consumed, tackled and destroyed’ by the white bloid cells, and the lymphatic immune system.

The brucella bacteria likes to target body cells and to penetrate them. In this manner the bacteria can remain well hidden from the immune system. In this way the very slow replicating bacteria can double up in the cell, burst out of the cell and seek to penetrate a new body cell.

Some bacteria become entrapped, ensnared, and deactivated. Not all bacteria are neutralised by the immune system and continue slowly with their survival and multiplication. The bacteria ‘hides’ in the bovine body as did the soldiers in the Helen of Troy story the ‘TROJAN HORSE’