THE Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) has warned farmers against moving livestock from one area to the other in search of pastures without approval from the relevant authorities as this may lead to the spread of diseases.
A number of farmers, especially those in the drought-prone southern parts of the country, have been facing challenges feeding their livestock because of lack of pastures.
This has forced some farmers to move their livestock to other areas.
DVS chief director, Dr Josphat Nyika said while moving animals to areas with better water resources and pastures is a noble idea, farmers could also be complicating the situation, especially when they move the livestock without assistance from veterinary officers.
It was important for farmers to approach the department for inspections of the destination areas before moving livestock to avoid spreading diseases.
"Farmers should also not mix livestock from different areas as this will also spread diseases, especially January Disease, which is difficult to deal with.
"If there is a need to move livestock, farmers should adhere to regulations.
"There should be enough biosecurity on the property the animals will be taken to. The farm should have fenced paddocks and perimeter fences so that the animals do not mix with the resident herd. Animals should only be moved after thorough inspections because they have to be free from pests, parasites and diseases," he said.