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.
The draft policy on national game farming recently came under review. Roelof Bezuidenhout speaks to Eastern Cape rancher Arthur Rudman who attended the review workshop and who fully supports the agriculture department's involvement in the game industry.
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.