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NAPHA Newsletter, 27 October 2017
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F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
V I S I T our W E B S I T E

In this edition


1.   Livestock Abortion Storm
2.  "Ecological Armageddon" After Plunge In Insect Numbers
3.  Namibia Leopard Census - Phase 1
4.  Introduction to Organic Vegetable Growing
5.  FNB Business Tourism Index
6.  Alpheus Mvula - AGM Sculpting Project
7.  AGM 2017
8.  AGM Sponsorships
9.  AGM Pack 2017
10.  Classifieds

Livestock Abortion Storm

Notice by Namibia Agricultural Union.

Namibia is currently faced with a storm of abortions amongst livestock in the central areas of Khomas as well as to the east. Individual cases have also been reported in Omaheke and Otjizondjupa. Losses range from 40% to 85%. As mentioned in previous correspondence to members, a questionnaire has been developed by the NAU with the technical assistance of various private veterinarians.
Information from producers who have experienced abortions among their livestock in the past 12 months is crucial. The NAU is facilitating the process to distribute questionnaires and to process the information received. We would therefore urgently like to ask any producers who have noticed abortions of livestock, and even game, horses, dogs, etc. to complete the questionnaire and send it to the NAU office as soon as possible.
The information derived from these questionnaires will be used to determine similarities between the situations of the affected producer. Any information will be dealt with strictly confidential. Only the NAU office will receive the information and process it - any information of individual producers will under no circumstances be given to any third party.
Please send questionnaire to Rina Hough.

Download questionnaire.
Download control measures for abortion.

"Ecological Armageddon" After Plunge In Insect Numbers

Three quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say.

Read more.

Namibia Leopard Census - Phase 1

Report by Dr Louisa Richmond-Coggan

Now that all 100 cameras are out and collecting data, the photos are coming in by the thousands. The amount of animal traffic at certain sites is so high that the cameras are taking about 20 000 pictures in a matter of days. This means that these sites have to be checked regularly to ensure that no time (or animals) are missed.
In addition to checking the high use areas, we have also done the first sweep of all 50 sites to collect SD cards and change batteries. This means we are rapidly approaching a million photos that need to be sorted! 
One of the most exciting parts of this type of data collection is checking what has been caught on camera. All of the usual suspects appear regularly, especially at sites with a water source. This includes kudu, eland, oryx, warthog, cattle, jackal, baboon and guinea fowl, to name a few. We've also seen species that you would be unlikely to see due to their elusive nature. Since the cameras are recording during both day and night, photos of more secretive, nocturnal species can be captured. We've seen porcupine, honey badger, African wildcat, caracal and course, leopard.

Another benefit of this non-invasive monitoring technique is that it has the potential to record animal behaviour, as it would be naturally with no human interference. So far, our favourite example of this is pictured here. We were lucky enough to capture a mother caracal moving her kitten to a new den site. She even sets it down in front of our camera to adjust her grip! We hope to see more exciting photos giving us a window into the secret lives of Namibia's Wildlife as we continue our processing.

Introduction To Organic Vegetable Growing

Namibia Organic Association

The Namibian Organic Association (NOA) invites you to attend a training course on basic composition techniques, earthworms and using effective micro-organisms to improve your soil and plant health.
The course will be held in Okahandja on 4 November 2017, starting at 07:30 and finishing at 13:00.

Get more details here.

FNB Business Tourism Index

Submissions due 31 October 2017

FNB is requesting support for its Tourism Business Index, covering the previous and the following 3 months. The results are published regularly and reflect the latest tourism statistics and trends. The process is quick and easy. Click the link below to be directed to the website. Please note that the submission deadline is 31 October.

Click to go to the website.

Alpheus Mvula - AGM Sculpting Project

Alpheus Mvula is still enthusiastically chiseling away at his marble rhino. Cymot has generously provided a new gazebo to be used for the duration of the project, after the previous one was picked up by the wind and badly damaged in the process. They also provided him with a goodie bag of useful items, including a T-shirt, baseball cap, bush hat, hand guards, steel and rubber hammer, chisel, anti-shock gloves, chisel concrete and a brick bolster. Thank you Cymot for supporting us.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017

Only 5 weeks left to our 44th AGM. Please register to secure your spot.

AGM Registration form.

Please remember to nominate your Camp Attendant and Hunting Guide of the Year. The winners will receive fantastic prizes including cash, Leatherman tools, first aid kits, Namib Mills hampers, T-shirts and more.

Olive coloured NAPHA golf shirts will be on reduced sale @ N$100.00 each during the AGM to clear stock.

AGM Sponsorships

An interesting variety of items have already been obtained for our auction. Details to follow shortly.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the HuntAfrica Namibia Team for their generous donation of N$25 000.00 to be used for the AGM. These funds go a long way. We also want to thank each and every one who has in any way supported us with sponsorships and other donations. This support is what keeps NAPHA going. Thank you!
That being said, we still need support - please contact the office.

AGM Packs 2017


The 2017 AGM Packs have been finalised. In an effort to save costs and support our environment, we will not provide hard copies for each member this year. Your AGM pack will be send in a separate mailing.

Please contact the office should you require a hard copy.

Big Game Hunting In Maurus Nekaro Conservancy

Looking for a 2 bedroom flat with kitchen to rent in Outjo. Please call 081 184 7843 or email them.

2 puppies are still available.
9 weeks old, will be ready for new homes within 3 weeks.
Breed: Bavarian Mountain Hound.
Contact Silke at 081 127 3040.
Buffalo River rifle safe for sale.
With some tender loving care it can be restored to full function. Large compartment for rifles with smaller section at the top that can be locked separately.
Please make an offer to the Office.

Namibia Professional Hunting Association

PO Box: 11291

Tel: +264 (0) 61 234455
WhatsApp:  +264 (0) 81 424 9922

Danene van der Westhuyzen, President,
Tanja Dahl, Chief Executive Officer,
Nicole Schwandt, Executive Assistant,
Delin Rooinasie, Secretary,
Nikita Greyling, Administrative Assistant,
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