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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 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.

Read Stockfarm in February 2024

Considering that the economic viability of a cattle farm is largely determined by income from cattle sales, it is surely a major omission not to explicitly manage for both excellent rangeland condition and optimal cattle production. The February issue of Stockfarm tackles this topic head on, focussing on the sustainability and productivity of forage resources for cattle production, soil protection and biodiversity conservation. As always, we also include a wealth of industry-specific articles ranging from ewe synchronisation and copper toxicity in sheep, to the 60-year celebrations of Bonsmara SA.

Also look forward to the following articles:

  • The auction catalogue: Key to unlocking wealth.
  • Climate change and the livestock producer.
  • Judicious use of agrochemicals on dairy farms.
  • Learners show their mettle at Farm Skills Schools Competition.
  • Colin Engelbrecht of WRSA: The game industry deserves more recognition.
  • Management of temperate forage grasses.
  • Effect of fungicide treatment on silage production.
  • Evaluating the body condition of ewes.
  • Creep feed for your beef calves.
  • Protect your livestock from two-host ticks.
  • Rift Valley fever: In check, but for how long?
  • Illegal foreigners in your employment.
  • And much more!

Stockfarm is available from your nearest retailer or become a subscriber today! To subscribe phone Beauty Mthombeni on 064 890 6941 or SMS ‘Subscribe’ and your phone number to 064 890 6941 and we will get back to you. The magazine is also available at www.magzter.com and can be downloaded as an interactive flipbook at digimags.agriorbit.com.

Read articles from Stockfarm

Protect your livestock from two-host ticks

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Ticks are small, external parasitic arachnids that belong to the superfamily Ixodoidea. When people or animals are bitten by...

Cattle breeding is like a three-legged pot: Keeping it all together

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes The primary focus at Kermar Brangus is to get a calf on the ground in one breeding season from...

Free State farm boys and girls show their agri skills

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The inaugural Farm Skills Schools Competition in South Africa tested the agricultural abilities of 185 pupils from 13 schools...

Creep feed for your beef calves

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Creep feed helps calves grow faster and heavier before weaning, leading to better marketability and potentially higher prices. Creep feed...

Employment contract: Which one to use?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes South African legislation requires the employer to provide an employee with the details of his or her employment. A...

Rural crime: Determining the extent of SAPS duties

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Crime is not only crime against a person, but also against the country and the legal order that was...

Financing of developing agribusinesses

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes South Africa boasts a robust and resilient financial services industry, with ample deposited funds available for lending. Despite these favourable...

Buying a better bull

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Buying a bull is one of the riskiest decisions a commercial cattle operation can make. All the different breeds and...

Bumbi Mahlangu: A farmer with a vision

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes The 68-year-old Bumbi Mahlangu has proven that if you want to be a producer it is never too late,...

Biogas as a renewable energy source in South Africa

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes As the effects of climate change become progressively pronounced, the need to shift towards sustainable and green practices is...

Principles of a vaccination programme for cattle

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes A vaccination programme is aimed at establishing memory cells that can respond quickly to foreign organisms. Vaccines contain either infectious...

Deal screwworm a death blow

Estimated reading time: 0 minutes Although game and large stock are the main targets of screwworm, this parasite can also affect small stock, horses...

The economic impact of foot-and-mouth disease

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a serious, highly contagious viral disease of cattle, sheep, goats, swine and other cloven-hoofed animals,...

Seasonal diseases in spring and summer: What to look out for

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Summer is around the corner and has its own unique challenges when it comes to cattle diseases, especially in...

Communal livestock farming (Part 5): Marketing your livestock

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes In the last article in our series on communal livestock farming and the protocols and lessons associated with it,...

The connection between grain markets and feed prices

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Grain is definitely the biggest source of energy in feed and that the cost of grain influences the cost...

Care for your stock horse

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The herdsman and his horse is an important cogs in the livestock enterprise machine. Good hooves and legs are...

Women in agriculture saluted for their effort

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes The empowerment of women in agriculture was front and foremost during the first annual Women in Agribusiness Summit held...

Communal livestock farming (Part 4): A practical approach to biosecurity

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes This article, as part of the communal livestock farming series of articles, looks at biosecurity and managing diseases such...

Shakes Shabalala: When hard work pays off

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Shakes Shabalala, ex-SANDF staff sergeant, implemented his master plan to create a family legacy with creating a agricultural co-op. Shakes...

Quick and deadly blackleg

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes Clostridium chauvoei has always been considered the culprit behind blackleg, and most cattle producers did vaccinate their animals against...

Strategies for managing seasonal infertility in pigs

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes The phenomenon of seasonal infertility among pigs is real, says Dr Pieter Grimbeek. However, it can be mitigated and...

Avoid unilateral changes to the employment contract

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes The employment contract can be of immense value to the employer if used effectively but when abused, it can...

Delictual duty of the SAPS to prevent crime, disorder and damage

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes In two recent cases, the High Court of Pretoria found that the South African Police Service (SAPS) doesn't need...

Communal livestock farming (Part 3): Grazing management in commonages

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes The greatest challenge with communal livestock farming in rural areas is the year-round availability of grazing. Sourveld is highly...

Malignant catarrhal fever: How to keep fatalities to a minimum

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Malignant catarrhal fever or snotsiekte is responsible for the death of thousands of head of cattle in South Africa...

Bluetongue: Practical and effective control in sheep

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes The negative impact of bluetongue has been widely felt by livestock producers and their flocks over the past few...

Communal livestock farming (Part 2): Management of cattle

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes Cattle farming in communal areas is linked to tradition and culture. Improving sustainability is therefore very complex and often...

Regenerative agriculture and fertilisers: Addressing misconceptions

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes There is a misconception that fertilisers and regenerative agriculture are two opposing concepts in agriculture. An important factor to consider...

Commercial success requires dedication and a vision

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes The Sernick Group’s farmer development company, SerDev, is making great strides by empowering developing cattle farmers to commercialise. SerDev has...