Part 1 of 3: Ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming

The profitability and sustainability of livestock farming is under severe pressure. Fortunately, top farmer Mecki Schneider has excellent advice for extensive cattle and sheep farmers. This is the first delivery in a three part series on ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming. Livestock farming across Southern Africa is struggling due…

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Agronomy: How to look after wetlands on your farm

Wetlands, which are home to a wide variety of fish and wildlife, can also be the lifeblood of farmers in low-rainfall areas. Wetlands – located along the shores of oceans, lakes, rivers and streams – protect properties surrounding these areas against flooding by ‘sponging’ up and storing excess water. They…

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Pasture management: Get the most out of natural or planted pastures

Poor pasture management and overgrazing can seriously damage a farm’s profit margins. Here are some tips to ensure optimal pasture and veld production. Good management is essential to improve the quality and quantity of pastures. But before you can decide on a strategy, it’s essential to know what your resources…

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Small stock production: Manage small stock feed flow for best production

Supplements in sheep and goat diets help to boost low quality roughage in available grazing, correct nutrient deficiencies and improve flock production. Weigh up the options, look at your available forage and make a sound decision that benefits your flock and consequently your pocket. There is demand, as we have…

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