Animal behaviour in feedlots

The Feedlot, Feed and Animal Behaviour

Just like with all other animal species, cattle structures follow a hierarchical approach, which is especially evident around the feedlot. Proper feed management in cattle is therefore important when keeping these rankings in mind. Feed is an important survival component in cattle, and thus we can see rankings become prominent when food is a factor. …

How to manage your flock during and after drought

Droughts are a reality in South Africa, especially in areas like the Northern Cape. Parts of South Africa are hit by droughts at an average rate of nearly once every five years, says Prof Tertius Brand, a specialist scientist in animal nutrition at Elsenburg. Droughts can have detrimental effects on sheep farming, which is why…

parasite control

Parasite control: Opt for a specific, targeted approach

Parasites are as unique as they are destructive. Nicolaas Groenewald, operational director at Biorem Biological Products, advises that taking a general approach to parasite control could be a mistake. “For most people, the term ‘parasite’ normally includes worms such as roundworm, tapeworm and nasal bots, as well as liver and stomach flukes. But it is…

rooilyn

Verwyder Namibiese Rooilyn – Wat sal die impak wees?

’n Onlangse appèl deur Job Amupanda, burgemeester van Windhoek, aan die hooggeregshof om die berigte Namibiese Rooilyn of “veterinary cordon fence” (VCF) te verwyder wek kommer by menigde belanghebbendes in die vleisbedryf.  Die Rooilyn dien as die eerste verdedigingslyn teen die verspreiding van bek- en klouseer wat endemies is tot noordelike aangrensende areas van Namibië.…