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How to effectively wean beef cattle calves

How to effectively wean beef cattle calves

The methods and time of weaning play a vital role in beef production by influencing the weaning weight of calves, as well as the condition of the cows.
Supplements: to feed or not to feed?

Supplements: to feed or not to feed?

Given the high cost of supplements, is it worth feeding lambs on veld? A recent study provides some answers, says Roelof Bezuidenhout.
Hoof management guidelines

Hoof management guidelines

Although an animal with hoof problems may be able to function normally, malformed hooves can have an impact on production and performance. Annelie Coleman spoke to cattle farrier and hoof...
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Good vaccination practices

According to the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa, vaccination is crucial in preventing illness in animals.
How to catch a stock thief

How to catch a stock thief

Every animal is unique, and stock handling can leave distinct marks on individual animals. These two facts can be used by law enforcement officers to prosecute stock thieves effectively. Gerhard...
Beef cattle herd: getting the infrastructure right

Beef cattle farming: get the infrastructure right

Ensure that you have the right facilities: a crush pen, a neck clamp and a squeeze chute.
Beware of Congo fever!

Beware of Congo fever!

Spread by ticks, Congo fever can be fatal for humans if left untreated.
Tips on selecting heifers

Tips on selecting heifers

Correct selection is crucial for a high reproduction rate, high weaning weight and low calf mortality in a beef cattle herd, says the ARC’s Leslie Bergh.
Feeding dairy cows roughage

Feeding dairy cows roughage

Before putting together a feeding schedule, confirm the properties of the available feed.
Buy cattle from a reputable breeder

Buy cattle from a reputable breeder

There are many sources of good cattle, both registered (stud) and commercial. It is best to purchase from a successful and reputable breeder who sells only sound cattle as breeding...
How to develop and manage a small beef cattle herd

How to develop and manage a small beef cattle herd

Raising cattle properly requires money, land and skill. Do you have enough of each to enter this business? Equally importantly, do you have a genuine interest in cattle?
Animal health: rabies

Animal health: Rabies

It is time once more for our annual warning about this deadly disease. Rabies can strike any warm-blooded animal and it is rightfully a feared zoonosis.
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