Cattle

Okabra Brahman Stud: breeding for the future

Okabra Brahman Stud: breeding for the future

Mecki and Brigitte Schneider of the Okabra Brahman Stud in the Grootfontein district in Namibia own one of the largest stud and commercial beef cattle operations in Southern Africa. Wayne...
Are-lick-supplements worthwhile in beef production?

Are lick supplements worthwhile in beef production?

Cattlemen operating under extensive conditions are always looking for ways to increase production and profitability, says Dr Liesel Foster, a beef producer from Zastron. Her PhD research concluded that farmers...
Some of Cornel van Heerden’s Bonsmara cows and a bull in the exceptionally rugged terrain near Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape. The area receives an annual rainfall of about 850mm.

Young farmer cuts costs by focusing on Bonsmaras

Cornel van Heerden is the Eastern Cape’s 2016 TAU SA’s Young Farmer of the Year. Mike Burgess visited him recently on the farm Wildefontein in the Lady Grey district to...
Resurrecting the Nagenoeg Polled Hereford Stud

Resurrecting the Nagenoeg Polled Hereford Stud

The Nagenoeg Polled Hereford Stud was established by Gerhard Botha and his father, Manie, on their family farm near Barkly East in 1975, but by the 1990s only commercial animals...
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Namibia’s first Romagnola stud

The Romagnola cattle breed is a relatively new entrant to Namibia, but is set to add great value to the country’s beef production industry in the long term. Annelie Coleman...
Twinning in cattle: super-fertile cows

Twinning in cattle: super-fertile cows

In this third part of our series on twinning in cattle, Chris Nel highlights some remarkable stud beef cows that have produced multiple twins, and explains why dairy and small-framed...
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Twinning in cattle: Mixed-sex and same-sex

In this second part of our series on twinning in cattle, Chris Nel examines various gender combinations for farmers, and the advantages and disadvantages of these in a commercial and...
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Twinning in cattle: benefits vs cost

There are benefits to twinning in cattle, but research has also proved that it has certain pitfalls and practicalities that require careful consideration. In this three-part article, Chris Nel revisits...
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Santa Gertrudis: top-quality beef with minimal inputs

The modern Santa Gertrudis is a compact, well-adapted animal that excels on the veld and in the feedlot, says stud breeder Desmond Robertson. Annelie Coleman reports.
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Top young farmer transforms failed land reform project

Dairy farmer, Tshilidzi ‘Chilli’ Matshidzula, the Eastern Cape’s Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year, manages and partly owns a dairy operation near Alexandria in the Eastern Cape. Mike...
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Beef cattle fertility – top Nguni stud raises the bar

Mike Burgess visited Christo Nowers at the state-run Dohne Agricultural Development Institute near Stutterheim to better understand how the herd has achieved an average calving percentage of 83,8% since 2000,...
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Dairy cows: healthy animals, healthy profits

The health of dairy cows is directly related to their conception rates and milk production.

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