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Breeding Bonsmara for tough production environments

The Bonsmara is a breed par excellence in any beef production system, especially when selected over a quarter of a century in an environment that’s tough on the slightest weakness. Johan and Michiel Geldenhuys told Chris Nel how they do it.
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Dairying in Argentina – making small farms work

While some South African dairy farms can number more than a thousand cows in milk, the average dairy herd in Argentina is far smaller. But dairy farmers in Argentina share a major obstacle with their SA counterparts: unfavourable agricultural policies.
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Dexter stud invests in rare genetics

Klerksdorp Dexter cattle breeders, sisters Kelpie Oosthuizen and Bienkie du Preez, recently imported new genetics for polledness and the dun colour for their Marso Uthando Farming herd.
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Sustainable use of dewormers

Dewormer resistance in small ruminants has increased worldwide. Veterinary scientist David Bartram provided an insight into this problem at the recent World Merino Conference.
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Farmer Angus - Focusing on people, planet & profit

Angus McIntosh and his wife Mariota returned to SA from London 10 years ago. In 2009, they took the plunge and began farming on rented land. Since then, they have concentrated on diversification, biodynamic production, and value-adding.
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Working together for better beef

Ten farmers developed and adapted the genetics of their beef cattle to their environment and now produce profitable progeny.
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Livestock Disease Trends - May 2014

Roundworms: Although conditions in the summer rainfall area are not so conducive for new wireworm infestations, there were still numerous reports of losses due to this parasite.
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The Hugenoot makes its mark in the Waterberg

Mike Burgess recently visited Franci-Mari van Heerden, owner of the Witrots Hugenoot stud, and secretary and board member of Hugenoot SA, to find out why she chose the breed.
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Feeding slaughter lambs for profit

In the second part of a two-part series on managing sheep nutrition, Dr Francois van de Vyver takes a closer look at various economically efficient methods of readying slaughter lambs for markets and feedlots.
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Livestock Disease Trends - April 2014

Due to late rains that fell in many parts of the country infestations of roundworm and especially wireworm were widespread, leading to production losses and mortalities. Lambs were the most susceptible.
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