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 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.
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.
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.
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.