Livestock production: How to prepare your animals for breeding

The introduction of controlled grazing (camps and rotational grazing) and breeding (mating season) has resulted in a significant improvement in commercial livestock production. To livestock producers, a high calving or lambing percentage over a restricted period is still the most important parameter of production performance. And the most important factor…

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Livestock production: Listeriosis in animals

Question: There have been recent media reports about deaths from Listeriosis in people in South Africa. Does the disease also occur in animals? Listeriosis does occur in animals and is caused by a bacterium [germ] called Listeria monocytogenes. Three syndromes occur, and these are meningitis and encephalitis, abortions or still-births, and…

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Goat production: Keeping your flock well-watered

Question: How much water should I give my goats, and how often should they drink? What kind of water is suitable for them? Many variables affect water intake, such as the amount of moisture in the grazing, the temperature, how far and fast the animals walk, pregnancy, milk production, wool…

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Goat production: Keeping your flock well-watered
Charles' Boer goat stud has produced various champions at the Grootfontein show.

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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