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Socioeconomic, health and management aspects of working donkeys in Moretele 1, North West Province, South Africa

D. Wells, R.C. Krecek
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 72, No 1 | a607 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v72i1.607 | © 2001 D. Wells, R.C. Krecek | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 July 2001 | Published: 09 July 2001

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Structured interviews using a questionnaire were conducted to gather information on socioeconomic aspects, health, nutrition, breeding and management of working equids in 3 study areas of Moretele 1 near Hammanskraal, North West Province, South Africa. The questionnaire addressed questions about the role of animals with a focus on donkeys used for work in these areas. Extension and animal health officers and donkey owners participated. The analysis highlights the use of donkeys for transport of water, wood and people; that ticks, wounds and harness sores are the conditions reported most frequently by owners; and that the range for the body condition score index of 2.7-4.0 suggests that an overall adequate level of nutrition and management is maintained in the donkeys in these villages.


Animal Health Issues; Management; Resource-Limited Communities; Socioeconomic Questionnaire; Working Donkeys


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