Small stock production: Castration and your rams

Question: Does castration retard the growth of young rams? Yes, it does. When you have two 1-month-old rams who weigh exactly the same and you castrate only one, you will discover that the castrated one’s growth slows down and it loses the characteristics of a ram, while the other maintains…

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Small stock production: Taking care of your rams

Farmers have to keep rams in top condition to ensure good reproductive performance and profitability in a small stock herd. Rams have a very important role in sheep production. But, although they are the most expensive animals on the farm, they sometimes don’t receive the correct attention until they are…

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Ram project illustrates what small-scale wool growers can do

The success of the commercial and communal farmers’ ram breeding project in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa had a direct effect on the volume of wool contributed by communal farmers in the 2013/2014 season, with an increase of 400 000 kg. This article was published in the Afrikaans…

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