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Profiting from indigenous livestock

Profiting from indigenous livestock

John Schenk and Fiona Lees are focused on the timber industry near Hogsback, but started a part-time agricultural venture near Elliot in 2004. Despite committing to Nguni cattle, their willingness...
Breeding Bonsmaras for versatility and profit

Breeding Bonsmaras for versatility and profit

With Bonsmaras having been bred for decades in South Africa for local conditions, the standards for this beef breed are firmly established. One Free State farming family is building on...
Herefords in Namibia: 100 years of genetic improvement

Herefords in Namibia: 100 years of genetic improvement

Since the first Herefords arrived in Namibia in 1918, the breed has steadily adapted to the harsh realities of beef production in the country. A century later they have emerged...
Sustainability in pasture- based dairy farming

Sustainability in pasture-based dairy farming

One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the...
Want a profitable bull? Do your homework first!

Want a profitable bull? Do your homework first!

Selecting a bull that will significantly improve a herd can be a daunting task, especially for a new buyer. At the 2017 Aldam Stockmans School, cattle veterans Martin Seyfferdt, interbreed...
Top young breeder takes Angus to new heights

SA’s top young Angus breeder – a star at 26

Despite being a stud breeder for only five years, the ARC’s 2017 National Young Beef Cattle Breeder of the Year, MJ Ernst, has already made his mark. Annelie Coleman visited...
Single-step genomics: a game changer for livestock breeding

Single-step genomics: a game changer for livestock breeding

The Single Step method makes it possible to include genomic information in BLUP breeding values. This has put SA Stud Book at the forefront of genomic methodology, says Dr Japie...
Imported genetics: a winning strategy for top Angus breeder

Imported genetics: a winning strategy for top Angus breeder

The Sid Knott Red and Black Angus studs in the Eastern Cape were founded on top genetics sourced from the US and New Zealand. Over the years, their progeny have...
Implementing a holistic grazing management plan

Implementing a holistic grazing management plan

Sandy Speedy is regarded as one of the pioneers of holistic beef cattle production in South Africa. Annelie Coleman visited him and his daughter, Jennifer, on their cattle ranch between...
South Devons: hardy, fertile, and adapted to Africa

South Devons: hardy, fertile, and adapted to Africa

Brothers Barrie and Gielie van Zyl, South Devon stud breeders from Windsorton in the Northern Cape, are also commercial cattle producers. They spoke to Annelie Coleman about Johstep stud’s tough,...
How to prevent gut problems in your dairy herd

How to prevent gut problems in your dairy herd

Inaccurate feeding practices and poorly formulated diets in dairy herds can lead to subacute rumen acidosis, and result in decreased milk yields, higher than normal cull rates and profit losses...
A better Charolais herd with in vitro fertilisation

A better Charolais herd with in vitro fertilisation

Clara Bruwer, a Charolais stud breeder from Vryburg, is convinced that technology is the optimal way to provide the best possible gene base for her clients. She spoke to Annelie...

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