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Dealing with hydatid disease

This parasitic disease, caused by the tapeworm E. granulosus, affects cattle, sheep, goats and even humans.
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Home-made tonic for sheep

Roelof Bezuidenhout recommends this remedy to boost your sheep’s condition.
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Ticks: a major parasite

It is estimated that tick-borne diseases kill more than a million cattle a year in Africa. This amounts to a loss of more than R1,6 billion.
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Lactation begins at dry-off!

During its dry period, a cow is heavily pregnant with a fast-growing foetus. This is a very important time in her production cycle, and nutrition must not be neglected.
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How to identify different ticks

Ticks are the most common external parasite of livestock and are vectors for a number of serious diseases. We list and describe some of the more common ticks.
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Ticks - a dangerous pest

Ticks are the most common external parasite of livestock and are vectors for a number of serious diseases, cautions Paul Donovan.
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Redwater (Tick-borne disease)

Redwater is a disease affecting cattle and is transmitted by infected blue ticks occuring in the higher rainfall regions of South Africa, such as the Western and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.
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Bluetongue (Midge-borne disease)

“Bluetongue is transmitted by the Culicoides midge, which breeds in moist, warm conditions,” says Dr Leask.
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Careful with those licks!

Indiscriminate use of licks can do more harm than good, cautions Roelof Bezuidenhout.
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Get the grazing right!

Roelof Bezuidenhout discusses the main grazing system types, from fodder banks to controlled selective grazing.
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