Cattle production: How to prepare your cattle for auction

Are your cattle fetching low prices at auctions? Here are some tips and suggestions on how to prepare animals so that they can compete for better prices. A few changes to on-farm animal management practices can make all the difference. CASTRATION AND DEHORNING It is important that animals be castrated…

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Cattle production: Where to vaccinate your cattle

Question: On which part of the body would you vaccinate cattle? And what should be done before and after vaccination? Most vaccinations given to cattle are injected under the skin (subcutaneous). But there are a few vaccines that have to be injected into the muscle (intramuscular). Ensure that you read…

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Livestock production: Cattle recovering slowly after drought

Question: Many of my cattle died during the drought and those that survived are recovering very slowly– despite all the rain and the availability of green grass. What can I do? The drought caused your cattle to lose weight due to the lack of fodder and grass. Their weak condition…

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Drought conditions still prevail in parts of southern Africa.

Cattle production: The value of body condition scores

Farmers need to be proactive to make sure that cows are in top form before calving. Wilma den Hartigh explains how body condition scores can be used to ensure this. It is essential that cows calve in ideal conditions, and this includes ensuring that the animal is in top condition.…

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