How to Livestock

Farmer’s Weekly brings you the latest updates news and tips on how to turn your livestock farming into a success.


How to raise Boer Goat kids

Boer Goat kids demand care and management for the first few weeks after birth. If you fail to look after them properly during this important stage, you could easily lose up to half of them.

Know your cattle: Simmentaler

The Simmentaler breed comes from the Simme valley in Switzerland, where it gained a reputation as an excellent cross-breeder due to increased hybrid vigour.
milking techniques

Milking techniques: the best habits

The correct milking method will keep the cow's udder healthy and improve yield.
healthy udders

Healthy udders mean more milk

A farmer has to treat skin problems in cattle such as frostbite, warts and blue udder disease before they lead to a lower milk yield.

Dealing with Mastitis

This is a potentially fatal disease, and needs prompt and careful attention.

Why are goats so special?

Goats are remarkable animals. They're tough and versatile, and have more uses than you could ever imagine.

Know your cattle: Red Poll

Combining good high milk production and tender beef, this is a true dual purpose breed.

Know your cattle: Pinzgauer

This dual purpose breed is renowned for its hardiness, fertility and longevity.

Lumps, hair loss and other skin problems in pigs

Skin diseases in pigs can be serious or even fatal. This week, we look at the causes of lumps, changes in skin colour, thickening of the skin, and hair loss.

Skin conditions in pigs and how to treat them

Some skin conditions in pigs can lead to loss of production or even death, and need rapid treatment.

Know your cattle: Nguni

This indigenous breed offers outstanding beef production under harsh African conditions

Treating heartwater

Heartwater can cause high fever, convulsions and death among sheep, goats and cattle.