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Top young farmer transforms failed land reform project

Dairy farmer, Tshilidzi ‘Chilli’ Matshidzula, the Eastern Cape’s Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year, manages and partly owns a dairy operation near Alexandria in the Eastern Cape. Mike Burgess spoke to him about his contribution to resurrecting a failed empowerment initiative.
Enzootic bovine leucosis: Dairy’s cancer time bomb

Enzootic bovine leucosis: Dairy’s cancer time bomb

Enzootic bovine leukosis currently represents one of the largest threats to SA’s dairy industry. If nothing is done to prevent and control new infections, it is possible that in future there will be no uninfected dairy herds in South Africa, writes Dr Jan du Preez, managing director of the Institute of Livestock Technology.
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Award-winning Holsteins: ‘Success lies in sire selection’

Holstein farmers, Brett and Grant Puttergill, have proven that sire selection and selective breeding are crucial to a dairy operation’s viability.
Dexter cattle

Dexter cattle: Ideal for meat and dairy

The Dexter cattle breed is hardy and well-adapted to South Africa's harsh farming conditions.

Why synthetic mattresses make a real difference

Dairy farmers have used sand and straw as bedding in dairy cow housing sheds for some time, but recently there has been a change to alternatives such as recycled manure solids. Marié du Toit was one of the first producers in South Africa to introduce synthetic mattresses.
Kalundu Dairy Farm: Zambia's biggest dairy

Kalundu Dairy Farm: Zambia’s biggest dairy

There is enormous demand for locally produced fresh milk and processed milk products in Zambia. Kalundu Dairy Farm contributes substantially to supplying this requirement.
Issues impeding KwaZulu-Natal dairy farmers

KwaZulu-Natal dairy farmers’ success challenges

KZN can become SA’s leading dairy supplier, but industry challenges must first be addressed.
Can once a day milking work in South Africa

Can once-a-day milking work in South Africa?

OAD milking is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand, but can it work in SA?
Dual-purpose Braunvieh for meat and dairy

Dual-purpose Braunvieh for meat and dairy

Cois Harman believes that the Braunvieh breed is ideal for both beef and milk production.
Dairy consultant transforming the dairy industry

Dairy consultant transforming the dairy industry

Jeff Every is shifting mind sets and boosting profitability in the Eastern Cape’s dairy sector.
The basics of hands-on dairy training

The basics of hands-on dairy training

Your Future Dairy Training offers aspiring farmers hands-on and practical training.
The best dairy breed: A comparative study

The best dairy breed: A comparative study

In her informal study, Jane Holliday investigates the differences between Holsteins and Jerseys.

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