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Goat breeding: the challenges faced by smallholders

Goat breeding: the challenges faced by smallholders

The market for slaughter and breeding goats in South Africa appears to be almost insatiable. With more than 60% of the local goat population in the hands of smallholder farmers,...
New Zealand’s new fatter, healthier, tastier Te Mana sheep

New Zealand’s new fatter, healthier, tastier Te Mana sheep

A decade of intense research and development in New Zealand, involving geneticists, food technologists and more than 50 farmers, has led to a new breed of lamb that is claimed...
Bergplaas Merino Stud

Bergplaas Merino Stud: lessons that keep it in the lead

In 2013, Farmer’s Weekly reported on the Bergplaas Merino Stud in the Eastern Cape. Gavin Isted recently paid the farm another visit in recognition of its 80th anniversary, and to...
Veld rearing & good dam selection: key to top Dorpers

Veld rearing & good dam selection: key to top Dorpers

Adél van der Merwe’s Plusline Dorper Stud was a 2016 Stud Book Elite Awards finalist. Mike Burgess visited her on Pinegrove, in the Eastern Cape, to find out how she...
Merino farming family shares recipe for success

Merino farming family shares recipe for success

The Southey family of Middelburg in the Eastern Cape has a long legacy of Merino sheep farming. Generations of dedication paid off last year when Julian Southey was named the...
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...

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