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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...

Nodular worm: One of the most damaging parasites in sheep

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The nodular worm (Oesophagostomum spp) (Afrikaans = knoppieswurm) is a parasitic roundworm. The adults occur in the caecum and...

Keep acidosis from flaring up in your flock

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes When ruminants suddenly over-consume low-fibre carbohydrates such as grains, without them having been adapted to it beforehand, it can...

John Becker: Precision farming is a given

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes “A farm can never stand idle – renewal and adjustments are an ongoing and constant process. A producer who...

Triplet model creates new possibilities

Deon and Tina van Wyk’s dream of breeding a sheep ewe that regularly produces triplets throughout her productive life is delivering results. They hope...

Stringent hygiene protocols can keep abscesses at bay

Sheep and goat abscesses are not only painful to the animals they affect, but can have a devastating effect on a producer’s pocket. Two...

The do’s and dont’s of tail docking

Tail docking is usually performed in sheep and involves both surgical and non-surgical methods to shorten or remove the tail. While some people may...

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...

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...

The impact of terroir on meat production

Although the concept of terroir is usually associated with wine production, it is increasingly used to explain why meat produced in distinct regions has...