Cattle

Broiler eggs -mega hatchability

As many as 14 000 birds in one laying house, with one operator handling the eggs? Precisely measured amounts of feed, water and vaccine delivered automatically? Electronically controlled ventilation? Lloyd...

Heuningkrans Stud: a South African legacy

In only 32 years Smithfield Merino farmer Eddie Prinsloo has increased the ewe crop on Heuningkrans Stud from 500 to about 2 000, and in February this year at its...

Activists call for ban on pasture grasses

'Sansor notes that neither kikuyu nor rye grass could pose a threat [to biodiversity].

Weaner input costs override profits

It will cost a Limpopo cattle farmer about R12,75/kg to produce a weaner, which will be sold for about R12/kg on average.

Organically overboard

In 2003 Reuter Sorour and Andrew Tilsley, joined later by neighbour Alec Botha, began producing organic-in-conversion milk for Woolworths via their national organic centre for milk production near Bloemfontein, Homsek...

Tri-national pride in Angus gene pool

South African cattle breeder Nico Olivier has negotiated semen and embryo exchange with top studs in Paraguay and Brazil. Animals from Nico's Angus Africa stud are winning championships and strengthening...

KZN dip tank project revived

MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs in KZN, Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, has committed R100 ­million to the ­rehabilitation of dilapidated livestock dip tanks and the formation of livestock associations in the...

Low-stress livestock handling the Texas way

Texas is widely known as some of the best cattle country in the world. It evokes images of whooping and hollering cowboys on horseback herding vast herds of Longhorn cattle...

Hunters welcome lion rules, but…

The hunting community has been divided since minister of environmental affairs and tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk outlawed the hunting of captive-bred large predators earlier this year. Issue date 15 June...

Italian beef breed shines at Nampo

One of the highlights of the 2007 Nampo livestock section was the ­Romagnola, an Italian beef cattle breed, which made its debut at this prestigious agricultural show.

Cool it – dealing with heat stress in dairy cows

Dr Jan du Preez, managing director of the Institute for Dairy Technology at the Milk Producers' Organisation and Michael Hutjens from the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of...

Ngunis return to their Eastern Cape roots

The University of Fort Hare's Nguni Cattle Project, launched in 2003, is successfully managing the resurgence of the Nguni cattle breed in its traditional home of the former Ciskei and...

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Local manufacturers seen at Royal Show

Every year, the Royal Show features exhibitors and agricultural equipment quite different from those at Nampo. The Royal Show is also a showcase for smaller and local manufacturers.

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