Sheep & Goats

The legacy of the Jordaan Boer goats

The legacy of the Jordaan Boer goats

For four generations, the Jordaan family has been dedicated to advancing the Boer goat breed.

Sheep on pasture in Clanwilliam

Rooibos tea is currently selling at record levels of about R46/kg, but prices were below R5/kg only six years ago. To reduce his exposure to the volatility of the market,...
Boer goat stud reaps the rewards of data recording

Boer goat stud reaps the rewards of data recording

Boer goat stud breeder Johan Boshoff uses production data as a valuable tool to breed a new generation of goats to take his herd, the breed, and the industry forward....

Allow nature to select your best performing animals – Clayton Collette

SA Stud Book’s top smallstock breeder for 2015, Clynton Collett from Venterstad, plans to increase the performance of his Meatmaster stud through better selection based on reproductive performance.

Wauldby Dohne Merinos: on the veld for 68 years!

The legendary Wauldby Dohne Merino Stud from the Amabele area near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape was founded by Deemie Blaine in 1947. Mike Burgess visited Blaine’s grandson, Robbie, a...

Science, sharing and success

A passionate farmer committed to a scientific approach, Paul Collett won the Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year award for the Eastern Cape. Lourens Schoeman visited him on...

A model sheep enterprise on a modest farm

When one of your sheep takes first place in a major carcass competition dominated by other breeds, you are on the right track. Regina Harmse produces Ile de France on...

Breeding to the breed standard pays off

The Dorper and the White Dorper are hardy mutton breeds that can produce under suboptimal veld conditions. Achieving a high lambing rate requires fertility and conformation to breed standards. Namaqualand...

Breeding well-balanced Meatmaster sheep

PW van Heerden’s Meatmaster stud began as a crossbreeding experiment, but is now a top stud.

An award-winning Merino sheep enterprise

Van Pletzen is a well-known and highly respected name in the SA Merino wool sheep industry. Gavin Isted visited the farm Sterkfontein near Jamestown to find out why.

Barbary sheep: farming potential?

The much-maligned and hunted Barbary sheep may have a niche commercial value when farmed sustainably in a well-managed confined production environment. Shane Brody investigates.
How to keep farming sheep in drought

How to keep farming sheep in drought

Drought is a fact of life – and death – in South Africa, and the current drought is certainly no exception. Overberg sheep farmer, Thys Delport, gives practical advice on...


DAFF amasses R27,3 million in unnecessary legal fees

DAFF amasses R27,3 million in unnecessary legal fees

The director general of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Mike Mlengana, has conceded that the department has spent more than R27,3 million on legal services which the...

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