Thursday, May 26, 2022

Stockfarm is a semi-scientific magazine for commercial and aspiring commercial livestock farmers who wish to farm more profitably by applying sound farming practices. Stockfarm is calendar driven and supplies information that is applicable to a particular season and particular circumstances. The magazine addresses topics ranging from feed and nutrition, to animal health, crops, grazing, breeding, handling and management. Sound information for farmers who are serious about their trade. This page contains a selection of articles from Stockfarm. In order to subscribe to the magazine, please visit digimags.agriorbit.com or SMS ‘Subscribe’ and your phone number to 064 890 6941.

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Climate-smart livestock farming (Part 4):

Livestock that efficiently convert veld into profit Estimated reading time: 7 minutes The first three articles in this series focussed on the optimal use of...

Emerging cattle farmers tackle challenges through co-operative

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The challenge of making genetic progress in beef cattle breeding in a communal area where hundreds of cows and...

Tetanus: Deadly, but highly preventable

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes While most animals can contract tetanus, or lockjaw as it is commonly known, the disease is especially prevalent in...

The other three Ps of (weaner calf) marketing

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The harvest period for cattle producers has finally arrived with weaning that generally takes place from April to June...

Sheep production: Through yesteryear into the future

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Sheep farming was part of South Africa’s history long before Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape. As stated...

The versatile prickly pear: Perfect for supplementary feed

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes With skyrocketing agricultural input costs and predictions that, despite ample rain, the next drought is on its way, producers...

Climate-smart livestock farming (Part 3):Radical veld improvement and recovery

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes The first article in this series explained the importance of a healthy water cycle in helping as much rainwater...

Ticks: Carriers of some nasty little friends

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes By this time, we should really admire ticks because they are so skillfully adapted to make a successful appearance...

Keep acidosis from flaring up in your flock

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes When ruminants suddenly over-consume low-fibre carbohydrates such as grains, without them having been adapted to it beforehand, it can...

Experience and innovation: Sparta’s winning recipe

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes “We are a feedlot. This means that feeding animals is our core function. We strive to do it to...

Why the South African meat classification system needs to change

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes There are two ‘material’ profit drivers in the production of beef in South Africa, namely quality and quantity. The quality...

Silage: Top ten with the first try

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Attention to key management aspects such as compaction, cutting at the most optimal time and feed-out with minimal wastage...

Keep a close watch on liver fluke this autumn

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Dr Paul Reynolds, a veterinarian at Warden Veterinary Clinic, describes liver fluke as a parasitic worm that causes serious...

Climate-smart livestock farming: Part 2

Veld that can withstand a volatile climate Estimated reading time: 7 minutes In the first article in this series on climate-smart livestock farming, we learned...

Labelling of red meat for optimal consumer satisfaction

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The Global Burden of Disease Study recently reported that poor-quality diets are now the leading cause of disease worldwide...

RSG Landbou: 7 Maart 2022 – geborg deur BKB

Georganiseerde landbou het onlangs ‘n hofuitspraak oor billike en regverdige vergoeding van grond verwelkom. Hans-Jurie Moolman van Moolman & Pienaar Ingelyf lewer kommentaar op...

Early-maturing traits to optimise profitability

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes An early-maturing, easy fleshing, short on the leg animal with excellent hormonal balance. That is the breeding objective that...

The fundamentals of intensive and precision sheep farming

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Intensive sheep production involves the manipulation of the ewe flock’s production environment in a way that maximises production per...

Klimaatslim veeboerdery (Deel 1): Laat elke druppel water tel!

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Daar is voldoende wetenskaplike bewyse dat die wisselvalligheid van die klimaat oor die afgelope twee dekades die produksie-omgewing en...

A1 versus A2 milk: The position of the organised dairy industry

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The difference between A1 and A2 milk is associated with a variation in the protein composition of cow’s milk....

Anaplasmosis: A tickborne disease to be reckoned with

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Anaplasmosis, or gallsickness, can wreak havoc in cattle herds. Despite the possible underreporting of gallsickness cases, the annual average...

RSG Landbou: 8 Februarie 2022 – geborg deur BKB

Die risiko’s wat met die maak van kuilvoermaak gepaard gaan, word dikwels onderskat. Richardt Venter van AgSci Unlimited gee raad oor die bestuur hiervan,...

Climate-smart livestock farming (1): Make every drop count!

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes There is ample scientific evidence indicating that the variability of climate over the past two decades has dramatically altered...

Nkosinathi Bareki: Mentor with a calling

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Award-winning production scientist, Nkosinathi Percy Bareki, from the ARC Unit of the North West Department of Agriculture and Rural...

Trends in the 2021 silage competition

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Plaas Media’s 2021 Santam Agriculture National Silage Competition once again produced interesting data. The competition, which is in its...

Bosvelder sheep trump the challenges

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Built from Africa’s history, for a future in the Bushveld. This is how Theo Hoffman describes the Bosvelder breed....

RSG Landbou: 10 Januarie 2022 – geborg deur BKB

Watter rol speel voedseletikette in Suid-Afrika en het dit enigsins ‘n invloed op die verbruiker se voedselkeuses? Melvi Todd van die Universiteit Stellenbosch het...

What to look for when buying a Boer goat

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Boer goats have been standing at the back of the line for many years when it comes to prices,...

Skaapboerdery vir beginners: Die waarde van ’n skaaphond

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Die gebruik van honde op ’n veeplaas, vertel Bruce MacLarty, kan die boer geweldig help in die doeltreffende hantering...

Combatting heat stress demands more than just shade

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Heat stress not only undermines livestock productivity – it can also lead to sunstroke, which can result in mortalities...