How to Livestock

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.

Beef cattle breeding – all year, or in a season?

Breeding in a beef herd can take place all year, or in a short breeding season. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Use the best one for your needs.

Basic goat management and feeding

Proper management of goats is very important because they can cover a large area in a day searching for food. They are also intelligent and can get through fences and...

Small-scale egg production

To provide eggs for your family, start off small by keeping about 12 layer hens, and then start your own small business. You can grow as your resources grow and...
Farming with pigs on a small scale

Farming with pigs on a small scale

Farming with pigs on a small scale can be economically viable, but invest in proper infrastructure and good feed from the start. It's not easy to farm with pigs, but...

Buying a good ram

Fertile, good-quality sheep are key to better production, healthy lambs and high-quality meat. Since one ram mates with up to 40 ewes in a season, and its genetics make up...

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