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Guidelines on buying good-quality nursery trees

The establishment of a new orchard is one of the largest capital investments a fruit farmer can make. Prof Karen Theron from the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University provides insights and advice into purchasing healthy nursery material.
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Why does immunisation sometimes fail?

Immunisation is not always effective. Dr Jan du Preez and Dr Faffa Malan examine the reasons for this.
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Maximise profits with precision livestock farming

The decreasing profitability of livestock farming means that producers must improve the biological and productive efficiency of their operations. This was the message animal scientist Dr Jasper Coetzee delivered at the 2015 Namibian Livestock Producers’ Organisation in Windhoek.
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Why off-track driving is bad news for the veld

Even a single incidence of off-road driving can cause lasting damage. To protect the veld, stay on the track, Roelof Bezuidenhout cautions.
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New protein sources for poultry feed

The poultry sector is growing and traditional poultry feed is failing to meet demand. As a result, alternative protein sources for poultry feed are being researched.
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Problem animal control must be based on evidence

Managing human-wildlife conflict should be based on science rather than hearsay, as this failed attempt at controlling baboons with prisms in the Western Cape shows.
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Exploring intuitive farming

Radically innovative approaches are needed to address challenges in the agriculture sector, says Dr Saskia von Diest of Stellenbosch University.
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Unlocking the baobab’s feed potential

Baobab seeds hold promise as a low-cost supplement, says Prince Chisoro of the University of Fort Hare.
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Pneumonic (lung) pasteurellosis in cattle

No matter the age, sex or breed of cattle, all are susceptible to pneumonic pasteurellosis, and the disease can account for up to 50% of mortality under feedlot conditions. Dr JH du Preez and Dr Faffa Malan discuss its development, symptoms and control measures.
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Botulism in livestock

Botulism is a pathological condition causing complete or partial paralysis. It occurs mainly in cattle, although other organisms may also be affected. Dr Jan du Preez and Dr Faffa Malan discuss its cause, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and control.
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What are you hoping to hear from President Jacob Zuma in the #SONA2016?
The drought will be declared a national disaster.
Tougher measures to be put in place for the alleviation of crime, especially rural crime.
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