Cattle

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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