A guide for broadcasters to some important livestock diseases

| December 11, 2017

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This week’s Farmer story from Kenya shows how farmers such as Catherine Kagendo are getting information via text message that helps them manage problems on the farm, including animal health. Our Script of the week is a guide to some of the most important livestock diseases.

There are simply too many kinds of livestock diseases for a non-expert to be familiar with every one. This script provides a few basic facts about 12 of the most important and widespread livestock diseases. The information is basic, but it can help you decide which diseases to focus on when designing a radio program.

To produce relevant programs for farmers in your audience, you will need to do local research. Find out what livestock diseases are the most serious in your area now and which ones might be a problem in the future.

Talk to farmers, scientists, veterinarians, and agricultural extension workers. Don’t forget that many important livestock diseases can be transmitted to humans, including Rift Valley Fever, rabies, and anthrax. So remember to include the impact on human health if you are talking about these diseases.