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How to Livestock

Common livestock illnesses and how to treat them

Diseases can result in huge financial losses for a livestock farmer. Any potential problems should therefore be treated as soon as possible.
rabbits

Getting started with rabbits

Rabbits are inexpensive to keep and produce high- quality protein. They can also be housed in a small space, making them ideal for the small-scale farmer.
Toggenburg goats

A sturdy breed: some Toggenburg basics

The present genetic stock of these dairy goats in South Africa originated from animals imported from Switzerland in 1951. Their milk is used to produce a variety of hard and...
Brucellosis can bankrupt you. Don't let it!

How to manage brucellosis on your farm – tips from top...

A widespread problem in sub-Saharan Africa, bovine brucellosis can cripple a cattle or dairy farming operation. As no cure is available, all infected animals are required by law to be...
Treating internal parasites in sheep

Treating internal parasites in sheep

Intestinal worms are a serious problem for communal farmers, and community management protocols have therefore become increasingly important.
Nguni hide

Make money from cattle hides

Selling hides can add to your overall profit margin, so it pays to protect them.
How to inject your livestock properly

How to inject your livestock properly

Animal health is a cornerstone of successful farming, and at some point all livestock farmers need to inject their animals. Here are some valuable tips.
A more profitable way of running livestock

A more profitable way of running livestock

Breeding is not always the best way to make money in livestock farming. You might profit more by buying young animals and rounding them off.
Better cow management

What you need to know about better cow management

Rest and nutrition are both key to ensuring conception, good health and maximum profit.
Cattle branding

Cattle branding: how to get it right every time

If branding is carried out poorly, it can lead to infection, muscle damage, and brands that are difficult to read. Shane Brody explains how to ensure safe, effective branding.
Vaccinate your animals;it’ll pay you in the long run

Vaccinate your animals: it’ll pay you in the long run

Administering a vaccine to your animals will cost you money. But not vaccinating them will cost you much more.
Cattle at a feedlot

Growing out and fattening cattle in a feedlot

Most cattle sold through abattoirs are feedlotted. This article looks at the basics of feedlotting and how an operator can increase profit margins.

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