How to Livestock

Giving your animals innoculations – part 1

An injection is the best method of administering certain medicines and vaccine. But when it's not given properly, an injection can do more harm than good.

Tick-borne diseases in goats and sheep

Tick-borne diseases can cause major animal losses. This week we look at how to identify heartwater.

How to tell if your chickens have NCD

This bird disease is highly contagious, especially to domestic poultry. Death rates are high and no treatment is available.

Cattle – part 9

Breeding management is important if you want to get the best out of your herd.

Calving and pregnancy in cattle – part 1

Cattle occupy a unique role in human history and some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth. One of the ways to get your cattle to multiply and your wealth...

Managing a sow – part 2

A sow is a female pig used for breeding, and a healthy female can give six or more litters. This week we look at handling a pregnant sow.

Castrating your beef calves – part 2

This issue we look at three more ways to castrate your beef calves – rubber rings, open wound and the short-scrotum method.

Castrating your beef calves

Castration stops a bull calf’s testicles working so that it can’t reproduce, and also prevents the production of male hormones.

Diarrhoea in sheep and goats – part 1

How to identify and treat diarrhoea in animals.

Are your chickens healthy?

If you know what to look for, you can treat sick chickens, prevent diseases from spreading in your flock and select healthy chickens when buying new ones.

Dehorning beef cattle

Dehorned cattle are easier to work with, house and transport. The chance of bad bruising is lessened, as is the danger of injury to udders, flanks and eyes, as well...

Preventing disease in goats and sheep

Preventing disease requires good management and a programme for vaccination, deworming and dipping, explains Peter Mashala.

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