the local market, as well as 1800 sheep for export and local market per day. They also slaughter a maximum of 180 pigs daily, 2 to 3 days per week.
Meat inspection at municipal and local abattoirs: We met with a Municipal Health Inspector, Mr. Louw and visited two municipal abattoirs. These plants are within the Windhoek city limits and slaughter cattle and sheep for local consumption. There is no VS presence in these non‐export abattoirs. Although many of these non‐export abattoirs are to be inspected by the Ministry of Health, for lack of sufficient personnel, they delegate this function to the Municipal inspectors (of equal training as in the Ministry of Health). The inspector was a Municipal Health Inspector, with a four year college training on meat hygiene, occupational health and safety and environmental health. One abattoir (Jakobs plant) is a small private establishment located within a farm on a dirt road some three km off the main highway. It was a clean and simply equipped establishment, which had already slaughtered 4 cattle. The inspector entered and after putting on rubber boots and a rubber apron, proceeded to inspect the carcasses and their offal and heads. The inspection was a simple meat inspection, where he looked for major lesions, presence of CBPP, Anaplasmosis and others. The other abattoir visited was also within the outskirts of Windhoek (Indraais plant), with a cattle and a small ruminant slaughter establishment. Some 15 cattle had been slaughtered, and at the time of our visit they were lifting the carcasses from the floor and hoisting them on a rail. The inspector made some recommendations on better handling of the carcasses. The small ruminant establishment had already slaughtered 40 sheep which were ready for inspection. There was also a facility for meat cutting and boxing of specific cuts. Between the three local plants they slaughter about 600 cattle and 12,000 sheep per months. The slaughter establishment has to pay N$ 4.90 per sheep and N$ 8.90 per cattle inspected (.40 and .70 Euros respectively). We visited another municipal abattoir located in the municipality of Gobabis. We were taken by a municipal inspector, who used to work in an export abattoir, but the inspection on that day was actually done by a Ministry of Health Inspector. The municipal inspector explained to us that some of the main requirements for a non‐export abattoir are that it must be clean, and that it must have hot water. The facilities visited looked clean, however we noticed that the inspector, who we had picked up from a health centre earlier, did not wear any protective clothing nor gloves (like apron or boots) for the inspection, but rather her normal clothes. There was no ante‐mortem inspection.
There are no links between these establishments and inspection services with the VS and therefore no reporting of animal health related findings to the VS. The approved carcasses were entered into paper forms which are to accompany the carcasses or the meat to the butchers purchasing them, and which would allow trace backs to the abattoir facility.
Priorities/Recommendations Short Term : Establish communication links between Ministry of Health and VS Medium / Long Term : Incorporate inspection at municipal and local abattoirs as part of VS functions.