Tuesday, November 29, 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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Can you summarily dismiss an employee?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes South Africa’s labour environment is strictly regulated, and employers must manage labour relations in line with legislation. One myth...

Evictions and emergency housing: Should municipalities dig into their own pockets?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Evictions can experience immense delays due to the provision of alternative housing. The Constitutional Court made it clear that occupiers...

RSG Landbou: 15 November 2022 – geborg deur Elanco Animal Health

In Dinsdag se aflewering van RSG Landbou bespreek ons ‘n paar uiteenlopende onderwerpe. Johan Janse van Rensburg van Corteva, verduidelik watter voordele saadbehandelingstegnologie vir...

Biosecurity for pig production

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes The size of investment in a modern piggery is substantial. Biosecurity of the national herd was placed in the...

Management and dosing programme for a healthy beef herd

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes There is a global movement against the use of antibiotics in animals with more emphasis being placed on disease...

Choose the best sheep farming system for your farm

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes The late Dr Jasper Coetzee, an expert in the field of sheep management, believed that a producer ought to...

The impact of lumpy skin disease

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Lumpy skin disease (LSD) in cattle continues to be of economic importance in South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries...

Guidelines for the development of a vaccination plan for cattle herds

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes There are several livestock diseases that can lead to sudden mortality and major losses for livestock enterprises. These include...

Eradicate bluetongue once and for all

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Bluetongue has been prevalent amongst sheep since the importation of the first Merinos into South Africa in 1789. The Orbivirus...

Three types of labour inspections

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes South African labour law is extensive and non-compliance can have a serious financial impact to the employer.There are three...

Bring lameness in cattle to a halt

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Lameness in cattle can be divided into two main categories, namely infectious and non-infectious lameness.Various types of injuries can...

Meeting commercial demand through breeding excellence

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Peter and Lucille Abrahamse are the driving force behind the Rivervalley Simmentaler stud in Heidelberg, Gauteng. The couple has...

Kroon Vee Brahmans: An intensively managed extensive herd

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes The country’s largest and one of its most fertile Brahman studs is operated under extensive conditions on grazing southeast...

Cryptosporidiosis in newborn ruminants

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Cryptosporidiosis is an intestinal infection caused by the Cryptosporidium pervum parasite.The disease affects young calves and lambs yet mature...

RSG Landbou: 6 Oktober 2022 – geborg deur RPO

RSG Landbou het verskeie navrae rondom die Meesterplan vir Landbou en die implementering daarvan ontvang. Theo Boshoff van Agbiz kuier in Donderdag se aflewering...

UFS project steels the wool value chain and rural economy

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes A project by the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Sustainable Food Systems and Development, which aims...

The impact of agricultural drought on smallholder livestock farmers

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Climate change has a significant impact on global food production and food safety.Agricultural drought has a significant impact on...

Robert Mphuthi: Building a legacy, one cow at a time

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes • Robert Mphuthi farms on Quarrykop and is run under the umbrella of the Mphuthi Family Trust.• Within a...

Keep these pests from infiltrating your piggery

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes The conditions in which pigs are produced vary, ranging from state-of-the-art facilities to the most basic of housing. In...

Old- and new-order land claims: What to expect

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 (Act 22 of 1994), or the Restitution Act, was enacted to govern...

Employee in jail: Is it absenteeism or not?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Case study: Simon did not report for duty and did not inform the employer of his whereabouts. Upon investigation the...

Housing requirements of pigs

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Building suitable housing for intensive pig farming represents the largest capital outlay in pig production. It is therefore crucial...

Solar-powered farms: Karoo producers living off the power grid

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes More and more South Africans are turning to solar power in an attempt to free themselves of the unreliable...

Prussic acid poisoning: Wilted vegetation can erode your profits

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Livestock producers have several names for prussic acid poisoning, including simply prussic acid and geilsiekte. No matter the name,...

Spotlight on LITS-SA: Where do we stand and how will it...

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The recent and ongoing outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in various South African provinces has once again put the...

Caring for ewes and lambs during lambing

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes A strong lamb crop is highly dependent on meticulous management of the newborn lambs and their mothers. Quality care...

Streng seleksie sorg vir klipharde Bonsmaras

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Sowat 100km vanaf Johannesburg, aan die voet van die Magaliesberg, waar luiperds en bruin hiënas gereeld kalwers vang en...

RSG Landbou: 4 Augustus 2022 – geborg deur Hygrotech

Talle plaaseienaars maak dikwels van ‘n maatskappy gebruik om tydelike of seisoenale werkers in diens te neem, maar hoe weet jy of die instansie...

Brown stomach worm: A parasite to be reckoned with

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The brown stomach worm is one of the most important roundworm species that infect cattle (Ostertagia ostertagi) and sheep...

Blouberg farmers and SerDev: A partnership in the making

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes During a recent large gathering of black cattle farmers in the Blouberg area in Limpopo they heard how they...