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Understanding African Swine Fever: A lethal threat to pigs

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious viral disease that poses a significant threat to pig populations around the world.

Establishing effective biosecurity measures on your farm

Implementing biosecurity measures on your farm is crucial for maintaining the health and well-being of your animals and preventing the spread of diseases.

How to develop an effective disease management programme

In this video, we speak with Dr Mirinda van Kleef, a specialist researcher at the Agricultural Research Council - Onderstepoort Veterinary Research, about the importance of disease management in livestock, including the development of a vaccine and dipping programme.

Maximising poultry production: expert insights on breeding & genetics

In this video, Dr Bulelani Mazizi, a poultry researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, shares valuable insights into local poultry production.

Optimising feed efficiency to boost profits

As a livestock producer, it's crucial to ensure that your livestock is performing efficiently to achieve profitability and sustainability.

Crossbreeding with indigenous cattle breeds – a scientist’s expert advice

Southern Africa’s indigenous cattle breeds are superbly adapted to this region’s harsh conditions. Imported beef breeds are renowned for their size and beefiness. Crossbreeding the two types therefore makes sense, as it can produce the best traits of both. But how can farmers achieve this optimally?

Improving poultry production through nutrition

Dr Bulelani Mazizi, a poultry researcher at the ARC, shares insight into poultry production and how farmers can improve their operations, enhance feed efficiency, and ultimately, contribute to a more sustainable and resilient agriculture sector.

How animal nutrition impacts livestock production

If you're a livestock farmer, you know that animal nutrition is critical to the success of your operation. However, as there are so many factors to consider, such as whether to use conventional or alternative feeding systems, it can be challenging to know what's best for your animals. We therefore hope that this video interview with Dr Klaas-Jan Leeuw can shed some light on this complex topic.

Maize Trust bursary: Making a difference | Episode 9

Ayesha Shaikh is currently enrolled for her PhD in plant pathology at Stellenbosch University.

Maize Trust bursary: Making a difference | Episode 8

Angelique Daniell is a lecturer at the North-West University. She grew up in a small mining town just outside Potchefstroom.

Maize Trust bursary: Making a difference | Episode 7

Dr Abongile Balarane is the General Manager of the South African Poultry Association’s Egg Organisation. He grew up in humble beginnings in a small town in Welkom.

Maize Trust bursary: Making a difference | Episode 6

Dr Richard Kotze, from Pretoria, started his studies in plant sciences. In his Honours year, he focussed on mycotoxins, a path that took him all the way to his MSc. degree.