Livestock production: How to prepare your animals for breeding

The introduction of controlled grazing (camps and rotational grazing) and breeding (mating season) has resulted in a significant improvement in commercial livestock production. To livestock producers, a high calving or lambing percentage over a restricted period is still the most important parameter of production performance. And the most important factor…

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Pork production: Getting the basics right for housing

Don’t try to cut costs when it comes to setting up housing for pigs. Production will suffer if basic requirements are not met, and profits will fall. A piggery’s temperature management and disease control is critical. It is all about the comfort of the animals. Pig producers must ensure that…

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Smallholder livestock farmer eyes AI for increased productivity

Henry Mulenga wants to build a multi-million kwacha dairy and beef cattle business. But in his own words, “there is a huge challenge for small-scale livestock farmers like myself to rapidly increase our animal population with high productive breeds because of a lack of access to artificial insemination (AI) services”.…

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Livestock production: How to evaluate beef cattle

How does one determine if an Angus bull and cow are really top-notch? A leading member of the Angus Society of South Africa explains what one should look for when selecting cattle. For years there has been speculation as to whether Angus cattle can cope with the dry, almost arid…

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