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Animal identification

Marking livestock can deter thieves. It is also a legal requirement. Gerhard Uys provides a brief overview of the process.
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Vaccinate your livestock!

Most of the cases of infectious diseases reported to the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa every month can be prevented if livestock are vaccinated properly.
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Understanding Estimated Breeding Values

Estimated breeding values provide the most reliable information on how an animal might breed, says Amari Bornman, animal scientist at Simmentaler SA.
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Turning veld assessment upside down

It’s not only the growth on top that counts, says Prof Hennie Snyman of the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Pasture Sciences at the University of the Free State.
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Getting started with chickens

Poultry isn't an easy way to make money. If you don't know what you're doing, you're in for a tough time.
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Slaughtering cattle with brucellosis

Animals that test positive should be slaughtered to prevent the spread of disease and to eradicate it.
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Permanent pastures

Exploring the benefits and value of establishing dryland and irrigated permanent pastures.
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Determining and battling acaricide resistance

While finding active ticks on your cattle after dipping may indicate a pest species with pesticide tolerance, this is not always the case.
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How to safely move livestock

Steytlerville livestock farmer and Farmer’s Weekly contributor Roelof Bezuidenhout says, “The better you handle your animals, the more money they’ll earn for you.”
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Bringing your veld back to life after drought

Use your drought experience to evaluate your veld management and make necessary improvements to meet the next drought, says Roelof Bezuidenhout.
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