Mkuze Game Lodge

Mkuze Game Lodge The continuous conflict between livestock farmers and predators resulted in the development of an exciting new course regarding predators. The course consists of training and educating personnel in the agricultural sector, livestock industry as well as farmers and their co-workers towards a better understanding about the behaviour patterns and biology of these various animals. Once equipped with the necessary knowledge about the predators they are trained on how to identify a...
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International Trapping Course

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a five day trapping course presented by international trapper Albert Roura from Spain and his two partners from the USA. The course was presented at the Cheetah Inn lodge and game farm in the Hoedspruit area, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The main objective of the course was to introduce new trapping techniques and to demonstrate different traps, lures and bait used in other parts of the world. Moving away from the old gin traps with the metal j...
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Farmers day – Fencing

A recent farmer’s information day was held in the Queenstown area on the farm Rookwood of Mr. Swithan and Mrs. Kate Webster. The reason for this farmer’s day was to once again underline the importance of a well maintained predator (jackal proof) fence. Mr. Smithons is also the key person and the main driving force to get government subsidized fencing for South African farmers, a great initiative welcomed and appreciated by all South African livestock farmers. The day started off with power po...
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Into the red dunes

Volop Training will always be one of the most important aspects of predator management. Predators will definitely not vanish from the face of the earth and therefore it is every farmer’s duty to get himself and then his workforce to an acceptable standard were everybody has suitable knowledge so that they can implement a workable management plan where everyone contributes to the effective plan. I have been all over South Africa training and advising farmers on predator management. Observin...
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Predation Management

PREDATION MANAGEMENT MANUAL The Predation Management Forum (PMF) developed a predation management manual in collaboration with industry experts Dr Gerhard Verdoorn and Niel Viljoen. The manual is a one-stop guide to help producers (livestock and game farmers) identify the problem of predators on their farms, as well as the best method to manage human-wildlife conflict, within the framework of provincial and national legislation. The solution is to have a variety of methods available - a toolb...
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