Horns in cattle have no place in modern, intensively managed beef production, but problems associated with injury and bruising can be avoided by removing them. In the second part of this series Chris Nel introduces the subject of dehorning, and discusses pertinent research, methods and precautions.
Despite farming in marginal areas suited for cattle breeds that can withstand harsh conditions, some North West farmers still believe bigger is better. They farm with large-framed animals that force them to dig deeper into their pockets to maintain them. Jones Moraka of the Limpopo Department of Agriculture looks at the merits of the Western Sanga indigenous cattle as a viable alternative.