Poultry

Farming chickens ethically and profitably

Farming chickens ethically and profitably

Red Barn free-range chicken and egg farm started from necessity but grew into a passion. In addition to eggs and whole chickens, it also produces speciality products.
Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

It’s crucial for a broiler producer to get floor management right. This will improve the birds’ physical environment, reduce disease and result in better quality broilers. So says free-range poultry producer Kobus Visser, who spoke to Glenneis Kriel.
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Securing a market for your chickens

For emerging poultry farmers, the key to success with day-old chicks is to buy rather than breed them.
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Tips for better chicken house heating and ventilation

To raise healthy and uniform birds in a chicken house, it is essential to maintain optimal heating and ventilation at all times. Sonét Roux, technical advisor at Country Bird Holdings, explains to Wilma den Hartigh what this entails, and how it can help a farmer achieve top production rates.
Chicken trailers optimise egg production

Chicken trailers optimise egg production

Jo Spilsbury discusses how the use of chicken trailers has optimised egg production.
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Transformation plans for the poultry industry

South Africa’s quest for global competitiveness has widened the gap between established poultry producers and new entrants. It is imperative to come up with new transformation models. Dr Charlotte Nkuna, head of transformation at the SA Poultry Association, spoke to Jacques Claassen about possible scenarios.
Retiring on free-range chickens

Retiring on free-range chickens

Retired broker, Hennie Lamprecht, runs a profitable, free-range chicken farming operation.

Invasive trees halve broiler heating costs

Eucalyptus trees are seen as a threat to native plants and scarce water resources, requiring the eradication of these trees at a considerable cost. Broiler producer Hugh Davison has found a way to turn these trees into a valuable asset – using them to heat up his broiler houses.
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Producing free-range eggs in KZN

Felicity Vonmoos is meeting consumers’ demands for humane egg production.
Expert advice on feeding layer hens

Expert advice on feeding layer hens

The right nutrition programme is essential for optimal and cost-effective commercial egg production. Dr Aidan Leek, of multi-national poultry layer genetics company, Hy-Line, explains how to achieve this.
5 ways poultry producers can combat E. coli

5 ways poultry producers can combat E. coli

E. coli is potentially fatal to hens and can prove disastrous for a producer. Dr Bernie Beckman, a technical services director at poultry genetics company Hy-Line International, explained at a recent presentation how farmers could keep the disease under control.
Broiler production questions and answers

Broiler production questions and answers

When Farmer’s Weekly recently offered on its Facebook page to assist readers with their broiler production questions, the response was overwhelming. We went knocking on the door of the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute for expert advice.

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