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A successful Boer goat stud in the Hantam Karoo

A successful Boer goat stud in the Hantam Karoo

Careful management and marketing are both crucial in Boer goat production. Pip Nieuwoudt of Nama Stud, the oldest Boer goat stud in the Western Cape, spoke to Jeandré du Preez...
The finest Merinos in SA bred using genetic extremes

The finest Merinos in SA bred using genetic extremes

The Fairworld Merino Stud in the Eastern Cape has been at the forefront of genetic fine wool production in South Africa for over a century. It holds the current South...
Welpic Dormers: breeding for exceptional genetics

Welpic Dormers: breeding for exceptional genetics

At the 2016 National Dormer Sale in Bloemfontein, a Welpic Dormer ram achieved the second-best price of R51 000. Mike Burgess visited JP Potgieter (26) to see how and why...
Basic goat health management: all you need to know

Basic goat health management: all you need to know

For producers to benefit from the growing national and international demand for live goats and goat products, it is essential to have healthy flocks. Dr Alan Rowe, chief state veterinarian...
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Why climate change is a threat to livestock production

South Africa’s farmers have little choice: they must adapt in order to limit the effects of climate change on livestock production and animal health, according to experts.
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Dormer sheep: for the greatest return on your investment

Danie Thomas, a young Dormer stud farmer in Kroonstad, achieved the highest prices ever in South Africa for in-lamb and open ewes at the Kairos production sale this year. His...

How Dohne Merino & medics can boost wheat income

Market volatility and climatic risks have resulted in an increasing number of grain producers in the Swartland incorporating livestock into their farming systems. Glenneis Kriel talks to Stephen and Peter...
Sound management key to laparoscopy success

Sound management key to laparoscopy success

Elnora Crous explains to Glenneis Kriel how laparoscopic insemination has helped to accelerate genetic progress in the Dohne Merino stud on their family farm, Jongensklip, near Caledon.
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Better milk, better cheese from veld-reared goats

Award-winning goat’s cheese and milk producer, Christo Venter, believes A-grade goat’s milk is needed to produce cheese of distinction. He told Gerhard Uys how veld-reared milk goats can supply the...
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Merino stud excels in bitter Eastern Cape cold

Tink Strydom’s Hartebeesfontein Stud produces Merinos that excel on grassveld and have good medium to strong wool. He spoke to Gavin Isted.
Using tannins to control parasites in smallstock

Using tannins to control parasites in smallstock

Dr Erika van Zyl discusses alternative manners in which to deal with parasites in smallstock.
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A simpler intensive sheep farming programme

Farmers are often deterred by the challenges of an intensive sheep farming enterprise. Wayne Southwood visited Dr Karin and Manie Wessels who run the Mamre Dorper Stud near Vrede, to...
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