Part 2 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 second delivery in a three part series on ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming. 2. Profitable herds An effective cow…

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Small stock production: Record keeping – update your flock admin

Animal admin is part of farm management and keeping flock records up to date helps the stockfarmer with forward planning. Draw up a month by month table that you break down into weekly segments. Animals don’t always fit neatly into rigid parameters so there should be some flexibility allowed. Once…

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Farm management needs good record keeping (part 2)

In these articles we look at the importance of keeping records as part of farm management, no matter how small or large your farming business may be. In the previous article we look at the filing system of Production and Marketing. In this article we look at Management and touch on…

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Farm management needs good record keeping (part 2)
A desk and a chair complete the office. The laptop is a very nice tool for a farmer, but it must also have the necessary software which can be expensive for a start-up or for a small operation. The cell phone is an essential. Farmers use their cell phones for banking, checking the markets, looking at the weather, networking with other farmers, ordering seed and a host of other activities.

Farm management: Learn how to do proper record keeping on your farm

No management without measurement is a well-known saying among farmers. After all, how can a farmer know where he can improve, where he is losing money, or making money, without the right information at his fingertips? Farm records play an important part in farm management, says Michael Cordes, Africanfarming.com’s experienced…

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