Sheep & Goats

Top genetics for goat project

Goat farming is central to the economy of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Traditional Authority (BBKTA) in North West. A project to improve the local goat herds through world-class genetics is...

Awassi rams for Free State milk sheep flock

For Elmarie van Aswegen, returning to the family farm, Patria, near Smithfield in the Free State in early 1997 went hand in hand with producing sheep’s milk cheese and breeding...

Meet the Quattro Boer Goat Group

By integrating their clients as partners in the marketing chain, these breeders face the problems in the industry head on.

World-class Boer Goats from the North West

The Schoonheid Boer Goat flock began as a sideline on the Kriek family’s farm near Amalia in North West. Since then, strict selection and the introduction of top genetics have...

Pedi sheep in the Piketberg

Hannes Eksteen and his son Lochner run the largest Pedi sheep flock in the Western Cape and find that this productive, problem-free breed gives excellent returns. Jay Ferreira reports.

Quality Merinos from the mountains of Barkly East

The Bergplaas Merino stud in the highlands of the north Eastern Cape was established in 1936 by Frikkie Nel and is today managed by his grandson, Stefan. Mike Burgess visited...
Indigenous Veld Goats

Farming with Indigenous Veld Goats

When Ross Rayner started farming near Adelaide six years ago, he purchased several hardy Xhosa Lob-eared goats, an Indigenous Veld Goat ecotype. Producing quality kapaters off the veld has defined...
Dormer sheep breed: Origin and history

Dormer sheep breed: Origin and history

The Dormer, one of the most popular mutton sheep breeds in SA today, has an interesting history.

Adding Dormers to a Merino operation

Well-known Merino stud breeder Eddie Prinsloo has diversified into Dormer sheep and is getting excellent results with this dual-purpose breed.
Communal goat farmer planning to go commercial

Communal goat farmer planning to go commercial

Most of South Africa’s livestock reportedly occur in communal areas, but few generate income.

Putting goat milk cheese on the map, one award at a...

A health setback for Alastair Catto, and Marianne Joos’s longing for goat milk cheese produced in Switzerland, brought this duo together in a partnership that would see them raking up...

Turning things around with Savannah goats

As many extensive farmers in the Karoo know, raising lambs successfully can be an enormous challenge. Farmer Flippie Loock from the Middelburg district knew he had to find an alternative,...

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Stock thieves slaughter 30 sheep on Mpumalanga farm

Stock thieves slaughter 30 sheep on Mpumalanga farm

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has appealed to the public for any information that could lead to the arrest of the intruders that butchered...

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