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Boran crosses produce fine weaners for the feedlot industry

Boran crosses produce fine weaners for the feedlot industry

Quentin and Marisa de Bruyn from Ladybrand in the Free State have ‘fallen head-over-heels in love’ with Boran cattle, and see the breed as a top contender in South Africa’s...
Lack of land hampers top developing farmers

Lack of land hampers top developing farmers

Zolani Tyali and his son Mandange recently won the 2017 Unistel SA Stud Book Elite Developing Farmer award. Mike Burgess visited them on their farm in the Eastern Cape to...
Namibia’s top Santa Gertrudis stud

Namibia’s top Santa Gertrudis stud

Ingo Rix’s Black Nossob Santa Gertrudis stud near Witvlei in Namibia, is the only stud in Southern Africa with a Breedplan 5-Star Completeness of Performance accreditation. He told Annelie Coleman how...
Bovine respiratory disease complex

Bovine respiratory disease complex

Bovine respiratory disease is caused by several pathogenic organisms. It can lead to substantial economic loss in feedlots.
Namibian Simmentaler stud going from strength to strength

Namibian Simmentaler stud going from strength to strength

Simmentaler stud breeder, René Krafft from Dordabis in Namibia, maintains stringent selection criteria for fertility and productivity. Wayne Southwood visited him on his farm, Ibenstein.
Ankole Longhorn: Cyril Ramaphosa’s passion and pride

Ankole Longhorn: Cyril Ramaphosa’s passion and pride

The Ugandan Ankole breed could offer many advantages for the local market. SA deputy president and Ankole stud breeder, Cyril Ramaphosa, farm manager and animal scientist Kobus Rall, and embryologist...
Jacre Limousins: founded on French genetics

Jacre Limousins: founded on French genetics

From the start of his enterprise, Pierre van Niekerk has sourced Limousin genetics from France to build his Jacre Limousin Stud near Bedford in the Eastern Cape. Mike Burgess visited...
Testing fertility of a cow

Performance testing: not only for stud farmers

The perception that only stud breeders benefit from performance testing is unfounded. Commercial farmers can significantly improve the productivity of their herds using this system, says Frans Jordaan, chief research...
Low-input dairy production in Ireland

Low-input dairy production in Ireland

In Ireland, low-input dairy production on pasture with limited labour resources can be viable. On a recent visit to Ireland, Gerhard Uys spoke to farmer Pat Hennessy about how thorough...
Keep accurate records for maximum economic impact

Keep accurate records for maximum economic impact

Derick le Roux and his father, Carl, own the only 5-Star Breedplan accredited stud in South Africa. Derick explains to Gerhard Uys how record-keeping can optimise profit in any production...
Always manage grazing with drought in mind

Always manage grazing with drought in mind

The only insurance against drought is a sound, scientifically based grazing management programme, coupled with a reasonable stocking rate even in times of plenty. So says Dr Mias van der...
Tips for stress-free livestock transporting

Tips for stress-free livestock transporting

Livestock transportation should result in as little stress to the animals as possible, whether they are being transported to the abattoir or other farms. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Dr Dirk...

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