Cattle production: Prevent injuries with good planning

One of the greatest constraints veterinarians find when trying to treat cattle is the lack or inadequacy of handling facilities. If it is too difficult to constrain cattle, the owner won’t be able to examine or treat sick animals in time. The handling facilities on a cattle farm are a…

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The crush pen depicted here can accommodate 2 heads of cattle. The stockman works from outside the crush.

Cattle production: Your calves and parasites

Question: The rainfall was exceptionally high in my area during late summer and autumn. The grazing looks good, and the cows are in a good condition, but my calves are not growing too well. What could the problem be? Most parasites flourish under wet and warm conditions. Roundworms and tapeworms,…

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Cattle production: More on vibriosis

Question: What is vibriosis [campylobacter fetus (venerealis)]? Vibriosis in cattle is a typical venereal disease passed from one animal to another during mating. It is caused by a comma-shaped bacterium known as campylobacter fetus of which there are a number of subspecies. Bulls usually become infected when they serve infected…

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Cattle production: Artificial insemination not a lot of bull

Question: What are the benefits of artificial insemination (AI) and how is it done? Joël Kotzé from Taurus, an AI company, sums up the benefits: “Dairies don’t use bulls. Imagine a bull among 200 cows… In beef cattle farming AI is normally only used for the top 20% of the…

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René Summers, animal scientist with Agriserve Agro demonstrates artificial insemination to farmers who attended an information workshop at Lusaka's Czech Centre of Excellence.

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