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Cattle at a feedlot

Growing out and fattening cattle in a feedlot

Most cattle sold through abattoirs are feedlotted. This article looks at the basics of feedlotting and how an operator can increase profit margins.
Bonsmara Bull

Learn about beef BLUP basics

Producers use breeding values to determine the long-term value of certain animals to their herds.
Some bacterial and parasitical pig diseases

Some bacterial and parasitical pig diseases to look out for

An overview of eperythrozoonosis, Clostridium perfringens Type C, ascariosis and Glasser’s disease.
How recording ewes reproduction boosts fertility

How recording ewes reproduction boosts fertility

Recording the reproduction of your ewe flocks during each breeding season will help you identify potential fertility problems.
Dealing with abortions in sheep and goats

Dealing with abortions in sheep and goats

Enzootic abortion, brucellosis and other conditions can seriously reduce the lambing rate. It’s crucial to act swiftly to bring these diseases under control.
F. hepatica’s tegument (skin) hepatica’s tegument (skin)

Dealing with liver fluke in cattle

Fasciolosis, also known as liver fluke, occurs throughout South Africa, can cause many problems in cattle.
Signs of a healthy dairy cow

Signs of a healthy dairy cow

To be profitable, a dairy herd must be in good shape. It’s therefore crucial to be able to recognise a healthy dairy cow, and know when things are not right.
Feeding cattle: the basics

Feeding cattle: learn the basics

When rounding off cattle for slaughter, you can either grow and mix feed on the farm or buy ready-mixed feed. If you have only a few animals, buying a mixed...
Why can’t that cow stand up?

Why can’t that cow stand up?

A number of diseases and conditions can result in cattle and other ruminants being unable to stand up.
Using ‘cow power’ to make your dairy farm self-sufficient

Using ‘cow power’ to make your dairy farm self-sufficient

Manure can be used to produce biogas, electricity and fertiliser. In the process, you will recycle nutrients and increase profits while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
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...

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