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How to Livestock

Watch out for epididymitis

This sexually transmitted disease could be the reason your lamb crop is smaller than expected. Roelof Bezuidenhout offers advice on prevention.

Basic chicken care

Chickens must be provided with a warm, dry sleeping area, and plenty of fresh, clean water.

Managing wireworm

A vaccine against wireworm has become a vital tool in helping to control the disease and thereby reduce contamination of pasture by the eggs of the parasite.
boer goats

Boer goat facts and figures

The Boer goat, which is bred primarily for meat, is farmed very effectively in combination with cattle due to its browsing ability and its limited impact on the grass cover.
SA Mutton Merino

Learn about the SA Mutton Merino sheep breed

This locally developed, dual-purpose meat and white wool breed thrives in semi-arid regions.
Suffolk sheep

The basics of the Suffolk breed

This breed matures early, producing meat with a high ratio of lean meat to fat. This makes it an attractive proposition to the modern consumer.
Nguni cows

Harnessing the traits of the resilient Nguni

Ngunis have excellent breeding potential, renowned resistance to tick-borne livestock diseases, and outstanding maternal ability. But feedlots often offer unattractive prices for them. Crossbreeding may solve the problem.
kalahari red goats

Learn about the Kalahari Red goat breed

The Kalahari Red breed has a fine head, lob ears, round horns that are bent backwards, and tender meat.

How to avoid a salmonella outbreak

In most developing countries, salmonella is a major cause of illness and death in children under the age of five, warns Zimbini Mdlulwa, a researcher at the Agricultural Research Council.

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...

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