Sheep & Goats

Feeding slaughter lambs for profit

In the second part of a two-part series on managing sheep nutrition, Dr Francois van de Vyver takes a closer look at various economically efficient methods of readying slaughter lambs...

Optimum nutrition for breeding ewes

Once a ewe’s maintenance nutrient requirements have been met, nutrients can be effectively channelled to achieve optimum production. Dr Francois van de Vyver looks at nutrient requirements during the crucial...

A history of SA Merino farming

The first person to successfully commercialise Merino farming in South Africa was Michiel van Breda. He started farming Merino in 1817 on the historical Zoetendals Vallei farm in the Overberg...

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.

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