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Namibian Simmentaler stud going from strength to strength

Namibian Simmentaler stud going from strength to strength

Simmentaler stud breeder, René Krafft from Dordabis in Namibia, maintains stringent selection criteria for fertility and productivity. Wayne Southwood visited him on his farm, Ibenstein.
Ankole Longhorn: Cyril Ramaphosa’s passion and pride

Ankole Longhorn: Cyril Ramaphosa’s passion and pride

The Ugandan Ankole breed could offer many advantages for the local market. SA deputy president and Ankole stud breeder, Cyril Ramaphosa, farm manager and animal scientist Kobus Rall, and embryologist...
Sussex management: Keep it pure and simple

Sussex management: Keep it pure and simple

Dallas Phillips has been managing Sussex cattle on the same farm for the past 40 years. He says that simple management practices and keeping the herd pure form the foundation...
Jacre Limousins: founded on French genetics

Jacre Limousins: founded on French genetics

From the start of his enterprise, Pierre van Niekerk has sourced Limousin genetics from France to build his Jacre Limousin Stud near Bedford in the Eastern Cape. Mike Burgess visited...
Testing fertility of a cow

Performance testing: not only for stud farmers

The perception that only stud breeders benefit from performance testing is unfounded. Commercial farmers can significantly improve the productivity of their herds using this system, says Frans Jordaan, chief research...
Low-input dairy production in Ireland

Low-input dairy production in Ireland

In Ireland, low-input dairy production on pasture with limited labour resources can be viable. On a recent visit to Ireland, Gerhard Uys spoke to farmer Pat Hennessy about how thorough...
Keep accurate records for maximum economic impact

Keep accurate records for maximum economic impact

Derick le Roux and his father, Carl, own the only 5-Star Breedplan accredited stud in South Africa. Derick explains to Gerhard Uys how record-keeping can optimise profit in any production...
Always manage grazing with drought in mind

Always manage grazing with drought in mind

The only insurance against drought is a sound, scientifically based grazing management programme, coupled with a reasonable stocking rate even in times of plenty. So says Dr Mias van der...
Tips for stress-free livestock transporting

Tips for stress-free livestock transporting

Livestock transportation should result in as little stress to the animals as possible, whether they are being transported to the abattoir or other farms. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Dr Dirk...
Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

For 15 years, the Muller family, near George, has been using biological farming methods and no-till practices. Their pasture-reared dairy herd is thriving and can be directly traced to the...
Okabra Brahman Stud: breeding for the future

Okabra Brahman Stud: breeding for the future

Mecki and Brigitte Schneider of the Okabra Brahman Stud in the Grootfontein district in Namibia own one of the largest stud and commercial beef cattle operations in Southern Africa. Wayne...
Are-lick-supplements worthwhile in beef production?

Are lick supplements worthwhile in beef production?

Cattlemen operating under extensive conditions are always looking for ways to increase production and profitability, says Dr Liesel Foster, a beef producer from Zastron. Her PhD research concluded that farmers...

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