Your library for cattle farming


By Fredalette Uys | 13 October 2017

Need some advice and information on cattle farming? Look no further… here’s a collection of our articles on cattle.

Livestock production – How to evaluate beef cattle

Use your eyes to assess cattle condition

The value of body condition scores

Becoming a better livestock farmer

How to prepare your cattle for auction

Ten tips for the restoration of livestock farming
Top farmer Mecki Schneider has excellent advice for extensive cattle and sheep farmers.
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HEALTH AND BREEDING

How to prepare your animals for breeding

Inbreeding in cattle

Get the best from your new bull

Artificial insemination not a lot of bull

Cattle – how to record and manage a calving cycle

Dealing with placenta that didn’t discharge

Why would cows not calve every year?

Why are some of my cows dry after calving?

Weaning calves with nose rings

Advice on buying young calves

Reducing risks to calves in feedlots

Primary health care for livestock (1)

Cattle recovering slowly after drought

(Video) Methods of medicating your cattle

Where to vaccinate your cattle

Eliminate the ticks on your cattle

Vaccinate your cattle – it saves lives and stops the spread of disease

Now is the time to look out for Rift Valley Fever

Watch for the tick-borne diseases

Ticks and tick-borne diseases – East Coast Fever

Know you enemy – East Coast fever

East Coast fever and the brown ear tick

Dipping to control East Coast fever (part 1)

Dipping to control East Coast fever (part 2)

East Coast fever – vaccination to combat the enemy in Africa’s cattle herds

More about ticks for stockmen and women

Know your ticks and the diseases they bring

Act before anthrax strikes

Dealing with salmonella

Deworming your cattle

Rabies in cattle

More on vibriosis

Dealing with lumpy skin disease

Livestock production: Check and revise vaccination schedules

Dr Danie talks tick control – a simple strategy to save animals and restore productivity to your herd.

Selective and sensible use of antibiotics avoids microbe resistance

How to control fly-borne diseases

Bovine viral diarrhoea and your herd

Treating an abscess

How to dehorn cattle

How do I know if a calf has been dehorned correctly?

How to deal with warts on your calves

NUTRITION

Salt licks and osteoarthritis

How to mix creep feed for calves

A cow need special feeding attention before and after calving

Pasture management: Get the most out of natural or planted pastures

Save on feed costs with arrow leaf

Manage the rumen for profit

DAIRY

Milking indigenous cattle breeds

Brahman crossbreed a popular dairy cow in Namibia

Success with dairy cows and oxen from one herd

Improve milking with small tweaks

HANDLING

Mobile cattle and sheep handling facility a winner for any livestock farmer

If large parts of your farm are inaccessible and you practice ultra-high stock-density grazing, then you’d better have plenty of good ideas – just ask livestock farmer André Lund!

Less workers needed to handle cattle in wheel-shaped feedlot

Up to 300 head of cattle can be handled in a day by just three workers in this feedlot – a carefully planned wagon wheel set-up.

Lift cattle easily with hip clamp

This ingenious hip clamp makes quick work of lifting up sick or injured cattle too weak to stand on their own.

A well-designed cattle handling facility

Cattle handling facilities that are properly designed make handling such as dosing, sorting and veterinarian examinations more effective, prevent stress and injuries to workers and animals and require minimal manual labour.

Handling system makes working with cattle a breeze

A farmer’s perfect cattle handling facility (or kraal, as it is known in South Africa) took three years of research and thousands of kilometres of travelling. Using just one worker, more than 700 head of cattle can be handled in a day.

Crush makes managing calves easy

Every farmer who works with cattle in a crush knows the frustration of using the same crush for large animals as well as calves.

Crush pen and basic handling for more than 10 head of cattle

We discussed the essential crush pen as an absolute requirement for a stockowner with fewer than 10 animals, in a previous issue of africanfarming.com. Now we look at expanded handling facilities for bigger groups.

Less workers needed to handle cattle in wheel-shaped feedlot

Up to 300 head of cattle can be handled in a day by just three workers in this feedlot – a carefully planned wagon wheel set-up.

Every cattleman needs a crush pen

A crush pen is an essential piece of infrastructure on a stock farm; without it the farmer cannot treat injuries, vaccinate, dose, inspect at close quarters, check hooves or deliver a calf when the mother is in difficulty.

Livestock production during drought – guidelines

Getting the basics right to make it during drought conditions.

PATENTS

Ensure that livestock never go thirsty with this dam plan

The provision of sufficient water for livestock is an ongoing headache but this farmer has devised a clever plan to ensure that the level of his dam never falls below one-third.

Livestock Farming – Practical, affordable feeding troughs

Dr . Dave Midgley, stock health expert and farmer, shares inventive, practical ideas for designing feeding troughs, which he has seen over many years of visiting farms.

Feeding and drinking trough solutions

Gawie Stoltz has perfected a method of turning old tyres inside out and repurposing them as feeding troughs. He also devised a smart way to clean livestock drinking troughs.

PROFILES

Mega cattle farm in Botswana requires hands-on management

A cattle farm with more than 5 000 animals on 65 000 hectares can only be successful if the farmer’s management is impeccable and he ensures that everything is in place to keep things running smoothly.

The wisdom of cattle

Mr. Mababe, a farmer from Mumbwa in the Central Province, spoke to africanfarming.com team editors, Chris Burgess and Albertus van Wyk, about the beef cattle sector of his mixed farming operation.

Meet Kleinjan, the emerging farmer who became South Africa’s Cattle Farmer of the Year

Kleinjan Gasekoma is the first black farmer in South Africa to be named Cattle Farmer of the Year. He went from communal farmer to successful commercial farmer in just 13 years.

Botswana’s Brahmans for Africa’s future

One of Botswana’s leading Brahman breeders has set up his own AI (artificial insemination) and embryo station in Gaborone after spending time in Canada. He selects for cattle that excel and thrive in Africa’s punishing climate.

Young dairyman talks pastures and people

Leonard Mavhugu, a dairyman from the Eastern Cape of South Africa, talks to africanfarming.com about managing large herds and releasing the potential of farm personnel.

RECYCLING

Alternative energy: Turning waste into energy

Cassim Bilali, director at Care for the Earth Centre in the Rarieda district in Kenya, told us about this alternative source of energy they built at the Centre.

The power of dung – turning animal-waste into clean fuel

In a departure from the standard ‘brain drain’ that takes so much young talent out of the continent, these young Zambians have chosen to invest their brains and their energy into contributing to the development of their own country.

Engineers invent mini biogas plant for small dairy farm

Two engineers, Wallace Bester and Francois van Tonder, made a clever and simple plan for their friend – a dairy farmer – to generate electricity from biogas for his small dairy and to save cost in this way.