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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. …

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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…

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Perfect parasite control by starting with lambs and calves

There are very specific signs to look out for when it comes to parasite control. Taking a general approach to it would be a mistake, says Nicolaas Groenewald, operational director at Biorem Biological Products. Many people think of parasites as worms, like roundworms, tapeworms and nasal bots, as well as liver and stomach flukes. However,…

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Calving season - Meet your calves feeding requirements

Calving season – Meet your calves’ feeding requirements

During calving season, farmers should be especially focused on energy as a supplement for production. Energy should be the basis of a calf’s diet as it is needed for normal bodily functions and growth.  When it comes to deciding between milk or milk replacements, farmers should consider which option will best meet their calves’ needs. …

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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…

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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.…

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boerbokke

Boerbokke al hoe meer aanloklik vir oorsese mark

Die pryse vir goeie gehalte Boerbokke het die afgelope twee jaar byna verdriedubbel. Volgens Gerrie Ferreira van Karoo Livestock Exports is dit grootliks te danke aan internetveilings waar buitelandse kopers ook kan bie. Hy sê die Boerbok het al naam gemaak op talle oorsese plase. Aanvanklik was dit meer ’n stokperdjie onder ryk telers wat…

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Calving season - Meet your calves feeding requirements

Raise healthy calves to become healthy adults

Managing your animals’ health is a key factor to securing a profitable operation on your cattle farm. However, maintaining and improving a health programme for your cattle herd can become challenging with all the risks involved. 

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