U-shaped kraal for rapid small stock management

Roughly half as many workers are required to manage goats or sheep with this ingenious U-shaped handling facility or kraal, with an alley, crush, and various sorting pens. In addition, most of the kraal was built from scrap. Every minute counts at the flourishing mixed farming Orange River enterprise run…

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Crush makes managing calves easy

Every farmer who works with cattle in a crush knows the frustration of using the same crush for large animals as well as calves. Normally there are a couple of feisty calves that will turn around in the crush before they reach the head clamp and then it is a…

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Firefighting equipment gives peace of mind

Winter wildfires are practically a given in the Stutterheim district of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa where George Viljoen farms. The firefighting trailer that he built himself not only reduces the risks associated with runaway fires, but can also be used for other purposes such as the spraying…

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Livestock production: Tick control – a simple strategy to save animals and restore productivity to your herd

High tick loads cause severe production losses in livestock and reduce disease resistance. Ticks are also carriers of a number of potentially fatal, and flat-out fatal, tick-borne diseases. Millions of cattle die in the sub-region every year, because they have not been dipped – it’s a tragic, fundamental truth. But…

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