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 Illinois in the US, recently discussed the impact of heat stress, and ways to deal with this problem in South African dairy herds
Issue Date: 30 March 2007

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 Transkei. Mike Burgess reports on how this acclaimed development initiative has brought the Nguni back to its traditional roots to uplift poor rural communities.
Issue date:23 March 2007

Livestock marking kicks off in Lesotho

The concept has already been years in the making, and finally Lesotho has begun implementing a countrywide livestock-marking programme to combat stock theft. South Africa is providing expertise and will benefit from the programme as well. Lloyd Phillips pays the mountain kingdom a visit.

Five myths in breeding

Retired after many years at the University of the Free State's animal science department, Prof Gert Erasmus talks to Roelof Bezuidenhout about five myths in breeding and explains why there's no such thing as the “ideal” animal. Issue Date: 16 February 2007

Freeze, you’re branded

Freeze branding is not a new concept to South African agriculture, yet it is only in recent years that it has gained in popularity among dairy farmers to facilitate easier herd management. Lloyd Phillips discovers how freeze branding works, and how it helps farmers.

The truth about bypass protein

The long-awaited results of a study into the economics of strategic protein supplementation of late pregnant and lactating sheep and Angora goats have been released by agricultural researcher Jan Hoon of Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute at Middelburg in the Eastern Cape.

Lack of cooperation yields poor licks

Retired animal nutritionist Dave Short from Harrismith in the Free State believes that the inability of ­nutritional ­scientists and grassland scientists to work together is hampering animal ­production off the veld. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.

Ethical flock management to satisfy the ‘green’ market

Australian researchers believe a move towards clean, green and ethical sheep and wool production could improve productivity, profitability and promote a more modern image of the industry.

Dehorning cattle: figures highlight the facts

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.

The Western Sanga- the future breed for North West

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.

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