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Three-way crossbreeding for optimal production

Crossbreeding two beef breeds is a popular practice among South Africa’s commercial beef producers. A KwaZulu-Natal family that has been in the beef farming business for several decades believes it is reaping the benefits from its less common three-way crossbreeding system.
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Achieving shorter ICP

Fertility and a short intercalving period (ICP) are more heritable than experts suggest, says cattle farmer Peter Schultz. He explains to Gerhard Uys that cattle well-adapted to their environment and selected on ICP values can beat the norm.
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Building a Boer goat legacy in the Eastern Cape

For four generations, the Jordaan family from the Swaershoek Valley near Somerset East in the Eastern Cape has played a central role in the development of the now internationally acclaimed Boer goat breed. Mike Burgess recently visited Jac Jordaan on the farm Grootvlakte to learn more about his award-winning animals.
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Technology – a resource to drive profit in beef operations

Breeding and associated genetic technologies can make a difference to the bottom line in beef cattle herds, says Japie van der Westhuizen of SA Stud Book.
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One family, four livestock enterprises

When Cornelius van Niekerk passed away, he left his sons, Jan and Bertie, a commercial beef cattle herd. He also left his daughters-in-law, Marizelle and Annie, a cattle stud each.
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Dexter cattle: The little bovine with big potential

Whether as a smallholder’s cow or a breed with unique production characteristics, the Dexter stands in a class of its own. Chris Nel visited the Daffue’s Zandu Dexter Stud near Bloemfontein.
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The first Malawi Brangus stud makes its mark

Brangus cattle are making an indelible impression on the Malawian beef industry. The breed is well-adapted to farming conditions in Malawi, says Peter Tselingas, Brangus breeder and owner of the Pananyama Brangus stud in that country.
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Beating the odds with Bonsmara

Free State livestock farmer Holomo Lebona worked hard to acquire farmland and make a success of it. He talks to Gerhard Uys about his operation’s challenges and rewards.
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Sheep on pasture in Clanwilliam

Rooibos tea is currently selling at record levels of about R46/kg, but prices were below R5/kg only six years ago. To reduce his exposure to the volatility of the market, Willem Engelbrecht of Groenkol Boerdery, diversified into intensive sheep production. Glenneis Kriel spoke to him about how he adapted a model from the US.
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Why synthetic mattresses make a real difference

Dairy farmers have used sand and straw as bedding in dairy cow housing sheds for some time, but recently there has been a change to alternatives such as recycled manure solids. Marié du Toit was one of the first producers in South Africa to introduce synthetic mattresses.
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