Small stock production: Part two – Managing ewes in the last six weeks of pregnancy

Last week, we covered the nutritional needs of heavily pregnant does. This week we discuss minerals and vaccines for ewes in late pregnancy. The ewe needs sufficient quantities of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and certain amounts of trace elements (manganese copper, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, iodine and cobalt), to provide for the…

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Rabbit production: Focus on breeding for successful outcomes

Fast growth and a high reproductive rate make rabbits suitable as meat-producing small livestock in developing countries. Good breeding practices and diligent management are the key to successful rabbit farming. THE MATING PROCESS Female rabbits, or does, are more productive in spring, summer and early autumn. Most breeders don’t breed…

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