Small stock production: Affordable water troughs for small stock

Dave Midgley shares ideas on how to construct your own water troughs based on what he has seen over many years of visiting farms. Farmers often tend to focus on providing quality feed and overlook the importance of water in a ruminant diet. With sheep, the voluntary consumption of water…

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Livestock production: Practical, affordable feeding troughs

Dr . Dave Midgley, stock health expert and farmer, shares inventive, practical ideas for designing feeding troughs, which he has seen over many years of visiting farms. It’s not only what you feed animals that are important when it comes to livestock production, but also how you feed them. Dung…

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Cement water trough in a jiffy

Farmers are known for their ability to give old diesel tanks many new guises in a variety of innovative ways. Mr Hannes Esterhuyse has done just that, making water troughs using rings cut from an old diesel tank. Hannes, a sheep farmer in the South African Karoo-desert, has designed and…

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Self-feeder makes light work of finishing sheep

Eddie Steenkamp who farms sheep, near Hopefield in South Africa, needed a feeding system that could be operated without help over weekends. He prefers to use pelleted, nutritionally balanced feed to finish sheep and get them ready for the market. “The most practical thing was to feed pellets from self-feeders.…

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