Trophy Pro SA
P. O. Box 548
Modimolle, 0510
Limpopo Province
South Africa
+27-84-515-6909



 

 


PROCESSING OF TROPHIES

 

Our dipping facility was constructed and built, strictly according to the requirements and needs as required by the South African Department of Veterinary Services. All national and international requirements are hosted by us. This is necessary for the successful export of trophies from South Africa, as well as the successful import of trophies into foreign countries.

Trophy preparation is divided into two disciplines:

1. Skulls, horns, hooves, claws, teeth, and bones:

All skulls will be stripped from all meat and fibers. There after all skulls, horns, hooves, claws, teeth and bones will be exposed to a natural sun drying period. There after the skulls, horns, hooves, claws, teeth, and bones will be boiled and washed in a soap solution to ensure that any matter other than skulls, horns, hooves, claws, teeth, and bones is removed. After boiling and washing, the skulls, horns, hooves, claws, teeth, and bones will be dried again. After this second drying period, the skulls, teeth, and bones will be bleached and washed again. The skulls, teeth, and bones will be dried once again. The skulls, horns, hooves, claws, teeth, and bones will then be treated with an insecticide approved by the South African Veterinary Services, and stored separately from unprocessed trophies, awaiting crating and shipping. The processed trophies must be separated from the unprocessed trophies, in order to prevent recontamination of processed trophies.

 

2. Skins :

All skins are dipped in a solution of formic acid and sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) for 72 hours. After the dipping process the skins are exposed to a salt process containing 2% sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) for 28 days. After the salt process, the skins will be hanged for drying indoors. After the drying of the skins, the skins will be folded and treated with an insecticide approved by the South African Veterinary Services, and stored separately from unprocessed trophies, awaiting crating and shipping. Once again the processed trophies must be separated from the unprocessed trophies, in order to prevent recontamination of processed trophies.

FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE

For the inactivation of viruses present in skins and trophies from wild animals susceptible to FMD, one of the following procedures should be used prior to complete taxidermal treatment:

Boiling in water for an appropriate time so as to ensure that any matter other than bone, horns, hooves, claws, antlers or teeth is removed;

1.      gamma irradiation at a dose of at least 20 kilo Gray at room temperature (20C or higher);

2.      soaking, with agitation, in a 4% (w/v) solution of washing soda (sodium carbonate - Na2CO3) maintained at pH 11.5 or above for at least 48 hours;

3.      soaking, with agitation, in a formic acid solution (100 kg salt [NaCl] and 12 kg formic acid per 1,000 liters water) maintained at below pH 3.0 for at least 48 hours; wetting and dressing agents may be added;

4.      In the case of raw hides, salting for at least 28 days with sea salt containing 2% washing soda (sodium carbonate - Na2CO3).

 

 

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