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The South African cattle and sheep market – Part 1: Supply

Livestock production in South Africa is as old as the hills. The sheep spotted by the first European seafarers on the South African coast...

Stop Clostridium bacteria in their tracks

Dr Eddie Snyman is a retired veterinarian from Middelburg in the Eastern Cape. He has many years of experience in treating and preventing diseases...

Nutritional aspects of beef cattle production

As the reproduction rate of beef cattle in South Africa is generally low, helping animals produce according to their genetic potential requires careful planning and effective,...

Ankole embryos sell for record price in South Africa

The South African record price for embryos sold was shattered on 4 September 2019. Four embryos of the Ankole cattle breed were sold at...

How to beat the bluetongue virus

Bluetongue virus (BTV) is a non-communicable, insect-borne disease that is seasonally driven by heat, moisture and frost. Biting mosquitoes and midges transmit the virus to ruminants such...

2020 Feedlot Challenge: Students beef up their skills

During February, the fifth-year veterinary science students who are participating in the 2020 Feedlot Challenge visited Beefcor, a fully integrated beef company. As one...

Make calf health a priority during winter

The approach of winter means it is time to wean calves. Weaning, associated with significant stress for calves and their dams, can have a...

Community participation in a diverse farm business

At first sight, Stefan and Francisca Gerber seem like an ordinary couple farming Merino and Dohne Merino sheep, Limousin cattle and wine grapes near...

High density grazing can improve rangelands

Rangelands that produce edible grasses optimally and sustainably, are key to livestock farmers’ success. Correctly applied high density grazing makes it possible to reach...

#VideoVet: Identify redwater in cattle

Bovine redwater, or Bovine babesiosis, is an often fatal tickborne disease in cattle. Bovine babesiosis is caused by a small protozoa in the red...