Wool production: Biting lice chew into profits from your sheep’s wool

Most farmers only realise their sheep are infested with biting lice during late autumn and winter, when sheep having more than 6 months’ wool start biting and scratching themselves. A number of conditions may cause sheep to itch. The farmer will see sheep rubbing themselves against fences and gateposts, leaving…

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Wool production: Is there an ideal time to shear sheep?

Question: When is the best time to shear sheep? There is no ideal time that applies to every farm, and the decision depends on a number of factors. Other farm activities such as ploughing, sowing or reaping crops. These will interfere with shearing, where the farmer’s attention should be, as this…

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Bayer provides support to Eastern Cape wool farmers in SA

Eastern Cape wool farmers received some much-needed shearing equipment from Bayer South Africa as part of an initiative to support communal wool farmers in the region. “Having the correct equipment is central to bolster efficiency and production volumes for these farming communities that are already pooling their resources together,” Bayer…

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Communal wool project improving lives of thousands in SA’s Eastern Cape

The National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa is making an invaluable contribution to communal areas in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The role the NWGA played in improving wool production in communal areas over the past 20 years was explained during the sixth congress for Eastern Cape communal farmers in…

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