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Understanding the basics of livestock farming

Understanding the basics of livestock farming

Many novice farmers make the mistake of not starting off with the best possible animals in terms of genetics and environmental suitability, says Shane Brody.
Seasoned farmer’s tips on keeping livestock in shape

Seasoned farmer’s tips on keeping livestock in shape

Herd health should focus on prevention rather than cure. Chris Nel spoke to Piet Wolmarans about his practical, down-to-earth animal health management programme based on solid scientific principles and four...
Never compromise on shearing shed hygiene

Never compromise on shearing shed hygiene

Jan Louis Venter, production advisor for the National Wool Growers’ Association, discusses how farmers can prevent wool and mohair clip contamination.
Dealing with downer cows

Dealing with downer cows

With good preparation, this phenomenon can be prevented in communal areas, says Prof Cheryl McCrindle.
Better heifers, bigger profits

Better heifers, bigger profits

Heifers form the future of any beef cattle breeding concern, and should therefore be selected with care, says animal scientist, Danie Bosman. He spoke to Annelie Coleman about how to...
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Beef cattle conformation basics

When performing a visual evaluation of the animal, note the following features in particular: frame size, muscle and body structure, and breed character.
Join the Merino Sheep & Wool Experts Society

Join the Merino Sheep & Wool Experts Society

South Africa’s sheep and wool industry needs experts to maintain the current high standard of sheep classing.
The Santa Gertrudis: an amazing all-rounder

The Santa Gertrudis: an amazing all-rounder

The Santa Gertrudis is a hardy, medium-framed, short-haired animal, and well adapted to a variety of climatic conditions.
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.

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