No place for pampered stud animals in beef cattle production

Don't pussyfoot around with stud cattle - to be effective in the commercial market, they must be managed as commercial animals, with the ultimate test being performance. So says stud...

Border Collies: Worth their weight in gold

For 50 years sheepdogs have proven themselves indispensable workers on many livestock farms. But for KwaZulu-Natal farming sisters Ragni Pretorius and Ingrid Fricke, Border Collies are absolutely critical in managing...

Absorption of undegradable proteins

Food proteins that can't be broken down by microbes are passed down to the duodenum and digested enzymatically. Malcolm Stewart-Burger examines these undegradable proteins and how they are absorbed.

Getting through to horses for a living

By the time Riekert Erasmus could walk, he was picking up tips on how to break in horses from his father. At 16, he was taming and training wild horses...

Sussex a top feedlot contender

Sussex cattle perform so well in a feedlot that the Huntersvlei and Skietlaagte Feedlots in the Free State pay a premium for Sussex or Sussex-cross weaners.The feedlots belong to the...

Fears of KZN’s corridor disease spreading

Corridor disease isn't new to KZN, and respected KZN wildlife vet Dr Dave Cooper says the increasing appeal of stocking African buffalo on private game farms could be one of...

How to feed during drought

Feeding sheep flocks during a bad drought can be like throwing money down a bottomless pit, because no one knows when it will rain again. Jan Hoon of the Grootfontein...

Good? Bad? Better? The truth about the McCosker Brew

Few people can claim to HAVE developed a recipe that's helped optimise rumen activity on low-protein, unpalatable, lignified sour veld. But Australia's Terry McCosker is one such person.

Another top Santa Gertrudis

For Pip and Howard Hobson the success of a herd doesn't lie with the bull, but with the genetics of the cow. This point of view won them the Farmer's...

Giving back – the motto of a BEE success

Kosie van Zyl hails from a long line of farm managers but 15 years ago he was given the opportunity to farm his own land.

Johan’s Drakensbergers win again

Johan Rautenbach has won the Farmer's Weekly-ARC Best Elite Drankensberger cow award for the third time, and lets Wayne Southwood in on his secret.

More tick tricks

Pesticide resistance in ticks is becoming a major problem. Eastern Cape farmer Denys Wells told Roelof Bezuidenhout how Pierre van Niekerk's scientific tick management strategy saved him from ruin.Issue date:


R32 million investment in Kenya’s small-scale farmers

R32 million investment in Kenya’s small-scale farmers

Agri-technology company Devenish Nutrition, based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has announced a £1,7 million (about R32 million) investment in agri-services company Sidai Africa based in Kenya.
Calamari and salsa

Calamari and salsa

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