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An award-winning Merino sheep enterprise

Van Pletzen is a well-known and highly respected name in the SA Merino wool sheep industry. Gavin Isted visited the farm Sterkfontein near Jamestown to find out why.
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Livestock Disease Trends Report - June

Winter is setting in and in many areas the nutritional value of grazing is poor. Animals are losing condition and immune levels are dropping.
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Adding value sets Sarahsrivier’s dairy business apart

Milk production on Sarahsrivier Boerdery near Ashton in the Western Cape has undergone many changes since its cheese factory was established in 1994. To achieve organic certification, it moved away from a conventional pasture system and opted for Jersey cows.
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Barbary sheep: farming potential?

The much-maligned and hunted Barbary sheep may have a niche commercial value when farmed sustainably in a well-managed confined production environment. Shane Brody investigates.
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50 years of Simmentaler: From Europe to Africa

The Southern African Simmentaler/Simbra Breeders’ Society was registered on 28 February 1964. To celebrate last year’s 50th anniversary, the society has published a comprehensive commemorative history of the breed in both South Africa and Namibia.
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Winter feeding methods

There is more to feeding in winter than simply keeping cattle alive until summer. Mistakes in winter cattle feeding may take more than one season to rectify, and cost a farmer time, money and production. Gerhard Uys assesses how two farmers tackle the challenge differently.
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Sheep farming in a severe drought

The current drought, as so many before, is a serious threat to livestock farmers. Overberg sheep farmer Thys Delport talked to Glenneis Kriel about practical, proactive ways in which a sheep farmer can survive the drought.
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Livestock Disease Trends Report - May

The winter months lie ahead and additional nutritional supplementation should be given to animals in time.
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Groblersdal’s champion Damara Stud

Neels Nel has been breeding Damara sheep near Groblersdal in Limpopo for almost 25 years. Today, his Krinkhout Stud, which has consistently won South African champion titles over the years, is highly respected in the industry.
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Time to re-assess your carrying capacity?

Choosing the correct stocking rate is the most important grazing management decision in sustainable livestock and wildlife production, says Dr Mias van der Westhuizen of the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at Glen.
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