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Dealing with enzootic abortion

Enzootic abortion (chlamydiosis) is generally caused by Chlamydia psittaci germs. It occurs cou...

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How to be a good stockman

Whether you’re farming in the semi-desert or on pasture, you will benefit from having a pract...

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How stress affects livestock health

Livestock can suffer stress even during normal handling, increasing their susceptibility to a n...

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Know your cattle: The Bonsmara breed

The Bonsmara is an outstanding beef breed, developed in South Africa....

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Tips for producing low cost livestock feed

Here’s how to prevent calamity on your farm during times of grazing scarcity. And you don’t...

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Follow these guidelines when dosing lambs

Every sheep farmer strives to get his or her sheep onto the market sooner and earn more money. ...

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Do’s and don’ts of FAMACHA scoring

To implement this system properly, you will need to obtain practical hands-on instruction in it...

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Checking a bull’s scrotal circumference

The scrotum plays an important role in the fertility of a bull and its daughters – and should...

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Profitable small-scale sheep farming

It is perfectly possible to farm sheep profitably on a small piece of land, says Jannie Fourie,...

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Treatment and control of salmonella

Salmonella is a notifiable disease, often resistant to antimicrobials. Control should focus on ...

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Beware the spectre of salmonella

One of the difficulties in fighting the spread of infection is that cattle might appear healthy...

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Dealing with bovine TB

Bovine tuberculosis is a controlled animal disease in South Africa because of the long-term neg...

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SA celebrates first National Rooibos day

Clanwilliam, referred to by some locals as the ‘Rooibos Capital of the World’, will host Sou...