Small stock production: Sheep and goats – how to make breeding selections

Breeding to improve animal production entails the upgrading or improvement of a breed in respect of specific characteristics. An expert explains how to do this. Animals that have poor characteristics shouldn’t be used for breeding, but those that have good characteristics should be retained as parents for the next generation of…

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Small stock production: How to feed your ewes and does

The most important objective of small stock farming is to produce lambs or kids. Most of them are sold and the rest are kept for breeding. To ensure successful breeding, they must be fed properly. Here are some guidelines. The number of lambs or kids that reach weaning or slaughtering…

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Small stock production: Advice on culling ewes and does

Question: Why are we advised to cull our ewes and does? Surely it’s better to keep all the females for breeding? Keeping all breeding animals can result in less breeding. The aims of farming are to produce food for the farmer’s family and also extra lambs or kids to sell…

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Small stock production: How to choose the right goat for you

You’ve decided to farm with goats, but how do you know which breed is best? Here’s a guide to selecting the right goat for your needs. The type of goat you buy depends on whether you want to farm with goats for meat or milk production. Once you’ve established this,…

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