Livestock production: Beat bloat and pasture toxicity

Using intensive pasture can threaten production by leading to metabolic imbalances and disease in pastoral animals. Most crops that are grazed or used to make hay or silage – such as maize, oats, wheat, ryegrass, lucerne, soybeans, sorghum and Japanese radish – have the potential to build up toxic nitrate…

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Livestock production: How to establish forage crops and pastures

A number of factors should be taken into account when you draw up a fodder production plan that includes pastures. The costs of establishing a pasture are high, so attention to detail, particularly when establishing perennial pasture, will more than compensate for the effort involved. The species and variety of…

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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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