Business doom for ostrich farmers

Management at an ostrich show farm in Oudtshoorn on Thursday said the business has been destroyed by an outbreak of avian influenza.

The Highgate Ostrich Show Farm had to have all of its birds culled after the H5N2 influenza was detected there in May, 2011.

Owner, Arenhold Hooper, claimed he received little if any response from authorities, as to when he can start restocking his farm in order to open for business again.

He said he was given the run-around every time he contacted them.

The spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Wouter kriel, said they appreciate the ostrich farmers’ frustration.

“They are in limbo at the moment, because they are not allowed to restock their farms. Unfortunately, the steps that are being taken are in line with best practice”.

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