Poultry production: Your chicken houses and warm temperatures

Question: I’d like to start a broiler operation in Phalaborwa, South Africa. I see that broiler houses need to be cooled to 21˚C up to day 21 of production. Is it necessary to do this? Temperatures in Phalaborwa sometimes reach 48˚C in summer. If your poultry house is well-designed, you…

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Pork production: Disinfecting your pigs’ pens

Sarcoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabiei var suis) is a parasitic disease caused by mites and is characterised by papules and marked pruritis. The sarcoptic mange mite’s entire life cycle (egg, larva, nymph and adult) occurs beneath the skin and the mites and eggs cannot survive away from this environment for very…

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Housing for sheep and goats won’t break the bank of the small-stock farmer

There are times when a small-stock farmer needs to confine or contain animals even when they are veld ranging like many of Africa’s goats. Shelters for small-stock need not be expensive to be effective. Extensively run meat goats are very difficult to keep inside a fenced camp and will find…

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