Cattle

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...
How to select a top-performing beef cow

How to select a top-performing beef cow

Breeding cows form the mainstay of the beef industry, according to animal scientist, Danie Bosman. Speaking at a Drakensberger information day in Potchefstroom, he said that the ideal breeding cow...
Boran: A no-fuss, no-hassle breed

Boran: A no-fuss, no-hassle breed

Almost 20 years ago, Chris Webb introduced Borans to his crossbreeding programme on the 1 500ha farm, Tharfield, in the Eastern Cape.
Beef production: commercial Nguni success on leased land

Beef production: commercial Nguni success on leased land

Kragga Kamma Ngunis on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth is a successful stud and commercial operation that proves creative thinking and ongoing marketing are more important than owning the land...
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...

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