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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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Ngunis prove their worth in the Swartland

Farmer Michael Duckitt, from Darling in the Western Cape, swopped high-risk traditional crop farming for low-risk, grass-fed Nguni cattle. In doing so, he is also restoring the natural vegetation on his farm.
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The Vaalharts beef cattle crossbreeding project

Crossbreeding beef cattle is gaining ground, as SA farmers increasingly value high productivity and low production costs. Prof Michiel Scholtz, head of the Vaalharts Crossbreeding Programme, tells Wilma den Hartigh about the programme’s contribution to the utilisation of crossbreeds.
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Buying a bull at an auction

Chief technician at the Agricultural Research Council’s Beef Cattle Improvement Scheme, Frans Jordaan, discusses the genetic-based guidelines for ensuring the best purchase at an auction.
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Boer goat stud reaps the rewards of data recording

Boer goat stud breeder Johan Boshoff uses production data as a valuable tool to breed a new generation of goats to take his herd, the breed, and the industry forward. He explains to Gerhard Uys why this is important and how he goes about it.
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