How to Livestock

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

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 to grow is through "breeding management".

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 as to labourers working with the animals.

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 into other people's yards and vegetable gardens, creating problems between you and your neighbours.

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 you gain experience.
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 the industry offers a lot of support to emerging farmers.

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