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Buffalo breeders urged to reduce disease risk

Buffalo are known to carry several harmful diseases that can also be fatal in cattle. To address this subject, the Free State Buffalo Breeders’ Association recently organised a workshop in Aldam near Winburg.
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Livestock Disease Trends - December 2014

Monthly report on livestock disease trends.
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Oxen off grass – working the numbers

The Daybreaker Beef Off Grass brand, a partnership between farmers Llewellyn Maclean and father-and-son team Pieter and Koot Prinsloo, aims to create a market for selling oxen as grass-fed beef.
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Wesselsbron virus - Mosquito-borne disease

Wesselsbron virus is transmitted mostly by Aedes mosquitoes found in wetlands and floodwater areas.
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Improved soil health through high-density grazing – Part 1

The rising cost of fertiliser and other soil amelioration products has made it crucial for farmers to improve soil health with natural, affordable methods. USA-based soil scientist Doug Peterson visited SA and explained why high-density grazing is one such method.
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The Suffolk – ‘a no-nonsense breed’

The Suffolk is an outstanding mutton sheep breed that can add real value to sheep farming in the country, according to award-winning Suffolk breeders Abraham and Carel Greyling.
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Heartwater - Tick-borne disease

Heartwater is transmitted to cattle, goats and sheep by infected bont ticks.
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Success with Holsteins – 2

At the Wait-and-See Holstein Stud, between Cradock and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape, John Sieberhagen milks 420 cows in a 15-a-side Herringbone parlour. The milking herd calves year-round, with about 50 cows dry at any one time. The herd ICP is 412 days.
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West Nile virus - Mosquito-borne diseases

WNV is an important, under-detected cause of neurological disease in humans and animals, according to Prof Marietjie Venter.
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Successful meat production on Réunion Island

Space is limited on the island of Réunion. Farms are small, and farming is intensive and diversified. Yet, assisted by subsidies from France, farmers supply nearly half the island’s meat needs, and Boer Goats are included in the offering. Lloyd Phillips was there.
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