Cattle production: A layman’s guide to helping a cow give birth

Many farmers have had to help out when a cow is unable, or struggling, to deliver a calf. Here are some tips. Resolving some cases of difficult calving can only be attempted by an experienced veterinarian, but the average farmer can tackle some simple cases and assess when veterinary help…

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Diversifying holistically saves Lusaka farmer from poverty trap

Faustina Phiri who farms in the Njolwe area near Lusaka, experienced a paradigm shift when she realised that agriculture meant a lot more than planting maize. Faustina was one of a group of retirees who were given land on the former farm of the Dairy Training Institute in the mid…

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Cattle production: Eliminate the ticks on your cattle

Ticks can seriously damage a cow’s udder and teats. Damaged teats are a primary reason for poor calf growth and underweight weaners (8 months). For every teat that’s damaged or destroyed the calf could be 25kg to 40kg lighter at weaning because the mother has less milk. If the beef…

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