Livestock

New project aims to assist communal farmers to scale operations to commercial status

About 60% of the almost 14 million cattle in South Africa belong to commercial farmers, while the remaining 40% of herds are owned by emerging or communal farmers, who are often not give...

20 Jun 2024 · 4 min read

Steel Tube and Pipe: Load animals easily and safely

Calling all farmers and feedlot owners – Steel Tube and Pipe has loading ramps! The owners of this company are farmers themselves. After critically assessing their own needs and thr...

20 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

Struggling to handle your big bull? Then you need Algar’s Bielie kraal

Algar’s livestock equipment is well known under farmers. Their systems are designed by farmers for farmers. At NAMPO 2024 Algar launched their new Bielie kraal setup. This system consi...

19 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

Tal-Tec celebrates 30 years at NAMPO 2024

Tal-Tec has been designing and building cost-effective livestock handling equipment for 50 years, to make the livestock farmer’s work easier. Other useful livestock handling equipm...

19 Jun 2024 · < 1 min read

MOLATEK: Unique supplementation for ruminants

MOLATEK is the manufacturer of a unique range of livestock feed supplements for ruminants. From a small beginning more than 40 years ago, MOLATEK has developed into one of the largest an...

14 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

Namibia lifts ban on poultry imports from South Africa

The Namibian chicken industry is rejoicing following the government’s decision to lift a one-year prohibition on importing chickens from neighbouring South Africa. This decision, which...

12 Jun 2024 · 4 min read

Tiger Animal Feeds: Spot the difference, check your eggs

Have you ever bought a tray of eggs or cracked a few eggs and noticed something strange either outside or inside the egg? Commercial egg production, whether on a large scale or small sca...

10 Jun 2024 · 4 min read

Tal-Tec celebrates 30 years at NAMPO

Tal-Tec has been designing and building cost-effective livestock handling equipment for 50 years now to make the livestock farmer’s work easier. This this their 30th year at NAMPO. The...

7 Jun 2024 · 2 min read

National Milling: If you can name it, they can mill it!

“National Milling continues to grow. We have great confidence in this country and this region. Zambia is a good market, a good place to be and a good place to do business.” These con...

6 Jun 2024 · 3 min read

VIDEO: Tackle any challenge with Algar’s Bielie Cattle System

Charlotte Esterhuizen handles the sales at Algar livestock handling. That's why you can be sure she knows what she's talking about! In this video, Charlotte talks about why the Bielie ...

5 Jun 2024 · < 1 min read

One man’s trash … is Newquip’s treasure!

#browngold. That is the slogan of Newquip, because they understand the value and cost of proper fertiliser. Newquip is a family business that has been running for 25 years. They are p...

30 May 2024 · 4 min read

Gallagher is the best, that’s what Bok van Blerk says!

When Bok van Blerk gives his stamp of approval, most South Africans stand firmly behind it. Gallagher stands out head and shoulders above all their competitors with their excellent produ...

23 May 2024 · 3 min read

Drought tests Zimbabwe’s disaster preparedness

Zimbabwe’s disaster preparedness has returned to haunt the country in the aftermath of a devastating drought. Questions have long been asked about the reliability and efficacy of the c...

13 May 2024 · 5 min read

Tiger Animal Feeds: Temperature management can make or break broiler production

Temperature plays a vital role in broiler production. The broiler bird will not perform to its full genetic potential if it is not provided with the right temperature whether during broo...

13 May 2024 · 5 min read

EasyWean® is all about the cow

Source: Stockfarm magazine The use of the NoseRing® to wean calves is not new. It has been around since the mid-nineties and is one of the best methods producers can employ to reduce...

10 May 2024 · 7 min read

Freeze branding: a cool way to make your mark | Visit Dry Ice at NAMPO 2024

Don't miss Dry Ice at NAMPO 2024! Dry Ice offers new ways in which you can freeze brand your cattle that is quick, easy and painless. Visit their stall at NAMPO 2024 to hear more abou...

10 May 2024 · < 1 min read

Novatek: Feeding for Prosperity

Need food for your sheep, chickens, pigs, horses, or fish? Look no further, Novatek Animal Feed has it all.  Novatek supplies scientifically formulated quality feeds for your animals t...

1 May 2024 · 3 min read

Get Bok Approved Gallagher farm equipment at NAMPO

specialAre you visiting NAMPO Harvest Day 2024? Be sure to visit the Gallagher Animal Management stand to take a look at their many farm management equipment or security solutions that c...

26 Apr 2024 · 4 min read

Water stress is the new normal

TAKE CONTROL OUR YOUR WATER SECURITY South Africa is a water scare country, the 30th driest in the world. Half of our country’s river flow is provided by only 10% of its land. Most...

22 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

Effects of litter on your broiler production

Litter in poultry management refers to the bedding put on the floor to give comfort to the birds and enable absorption of the manure. There are a number of options when choosing the l...

19 Apr 2024 · 4 min read

Discover top-quality livestock handling equipment at Nampo 2024 with Algar IND CC

Are you ready to elevate your livestock handling experience to the next level? Look no further than Algar IND CC! We're thrilled to announce our presence at Nampo 2024 in Bothaville, whe...

8 Apr 2024 · 4 min read

Heat stress management in dairy cows

Heat stress occurs when cows generate and absorb more heat than what they can easily get rid of. Heat is mostly generated during the hot periods of the day and during feeding. The major ...

5 Apr 2024 · 3 min read

Keeping up your animals weight with Yara KimtraPro 20

It is a known fact that rainfall and climate have an influence on veld and grass production.   It is therefore important to know that the veld and the nutrients it can provide at a spe...

3 Apr 2024 · 4 min read

Theileriosis: Southern Africa on alert after breakout in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe veterinary services have confirmed an outbreak of Theileriosis throughout the country. January disease In Africa, this disease, also known as January disease, is cause...

28 Mar 2024 · 7 min read

Nature conservation is everyone’s responsibility

When it comes to nature conservation, it does not matter to WeWild Africa whether it is an elephant or a mongoose that needs to be saved, they have made it their mission to protect Afric...

22 Mar 2024 · 6 min read

Boars and sows breed hope for aspiring Zimbabwe farmers

Zimbabwe has seen a different kind of career move with professionals abandoning their posts to take up farming. Ever since the country embarked on the land reform programme where ordinar...

20 Mar 2024 · 5 min read

Poor pastures threaten Zimbabwe’s cattle herd: Goats may provide an answer

Smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe who rear livestock are counting their losses after an extended dry season decimated pastures. Like many smallholders, livestock breeders rely on rainfall ...

19 Mar 2024 · 5 min read

Broiler uniformity is money

Uniformity of performance in broilers Broiler business demands good results for good performance, therefore when measuring the success of a broiler business, the following typical perfo...

18 Mar 2024 · 4 min read

Namibia: Rabies in kudu on the rise again

An increase in the number of rabies cases among kudu has been reported in Namibia. Yet, rabies is nothing new to Namibia. The first cases of rabid kudus were reported near Windhoek in th...

16 Mar 2024 · 7 min read

Revolutionising livestock handling with Algar Ind BK

In the bustling heart of Gauteng, nestled just 10 kilometres outside Carletonville, lies a beacon of innovation in the agricultural landscape - Algar Ind BK. For over a decade, this pion...

8 Mar 2024 · 4 min read

Zamhatch providing happy and healthy chicks since 2015

In a world where the demand for nutritious, sustainable protein in form of chicken has risen, one name stands out: Zamhatch. As one of the leaders in broiler chick production, Zamhatch L...

29 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

From cows to kittens, here’s how to curb the spread of zoonotic diseases

Humans and animals share a special and close bond, especially when it comes to our beloved pets and our livestock. But think twice before giving your parakeet an affectionate peck on the...

29 Feb 2024 · 6 min read

What is cool about freeze-branding? Dry Ice International has the answer

Every farmer cares for his cattle. One sign of care would be to switch to freeze-branding. Caring is only one of the reasons why so many stud breeders and commercial producers prefer thi...

28 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Raise healthy pigs: How to take care of piglets and weaners

A healthy pig starts with a healthy sow and the most critical period in the life of a pig is from birth to weaning. Once a piglet is born, it has basic needs that need to be considered. ...

14 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

Zimbabwe cattle auctions slow down, but the numbers need to grow

Cattle auctions have historically been big business in Zimbabwe's low rainfall southwest, where cattle ranching formed a large part of the country's agri-economy. Commercial farmers w...

13 Feb 2024 · 4 min read

The fundamentals you need to know about farm dogs

Where most people are on the lookout for a spouse to spend the rest of their lives with, a farm dog is the true love of any farmer’s life. Farm dogs are an asset to any farm. They help...

12 Feb 2024 · 7 min read

Tiger animal feeds: Ascites – a silent killer

Ascites, commonly known as ‘water belly’, is a condition that affects young, fast-growing broilers. Several agents may cause this condition but lack of oxygen or build-up of carbon m...

12 Feb 2024 · 2 min read

YARA: The PROfessional choice – KimtraPro 20

A ready-mixed phosphate-salt-trace mineral and protein supplement for ruminants. The phosphate source of KimtraPro 20 is Yara Animal Nutrition’s Kynofos 21, a high-quality MDCP. ...

9 Feb 2024 · < 1 min read

New General Manager for Woolgrowers of SA

The National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa, one of the oldest commodity organisations in the country, is privileged to announce the appointment of Dan Kriek as the new Gene...

29 Jan 2024 · 3 min read

Addressing the issues of prolapse in laying birds part 2: Prevention of prolapse i...

by Barbara Mulonda Simbaya, Technical Advisor at Tiger Animal Feeds Prolapse in layers is a condition that occurs when a hen’s reproductive tract that had temporarily turned inside ...

15 Jan 2024 · 4 min read

Revisiting infectious bronchitis Variant 2 in layer hens

In issue 77 of ProAgri Zambia, we presented an overview of the signs and lesions of infectious bronchitis Variant 2 (also known as IS/1494/06) in layer hens. This variant was first repor...

22 Dec 2023 · 8 min read

Kleinhans Free Range brings healthy farm meat to your table

In 2015 Alwyn and Margaux Kleinhans looked at each other and finally decided: “It is now or never.” Alwyn missed the farm life he experienced as a child while visiting his uncle. ...

21 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Why freeze branding is used as a superior method by farmers

CryoBranding or freeze branding was developed by Dr. R Keith Farrell from the Washington State University in 1966. Branding cattle and horses with extremely cold branding irons cooled by...

19 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

HOW DO I CONTROL BIOFILMS?

WHAT A Biofilm is an often invisible community of bacteria which can build up on any equipment or surface. Many species of bacteria can form in a biofilm and this can play a significa...

17 Dec 2023 · 2 min read

Different fences for different farmers

Every farm is different, therefore your farm security shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all-approach. With electric fences, you have the ultimate flexibility in farm security and animal mov...

13 Dec 2023 · 3 min read

Karoo Lamb earns trade mark protection

For many proud South Africans, a succulent lamb chop grilled over the open flame on a warm summer’s evening, is a symbol of national pride.  If that lamb chop originates from the semi...

12 Dec 2023 · 5 min read

Frequencies – Nature’s insect control

The universe and all therein consist of frequencies at the smallest, or quantum, level. Each organism has its own unique frequency, which it can be manipulated with. To expose an orga...

11 Dec 2023 · 2 min read

Growth monitoring in poultry

Broiler weight is an important parameter when growing broilers. After all, the end goal of raising broilers is to get as many birds to market as possible, using the least amount of feed,...

11 Dec 2023 · 4 min read

Livestock branding part 4: Freeze-branding

Many farmers rely on branding or marking livestock not only as a means of establishing ownership, but also to contain useful information, such as the animals' birth dates and registratio...

28 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe: Heartwater

Economically speaking, heartwater is one of the most important tick-borne diseases in cattle, sheep, and goats in Zimbabwe. It is an acute, fatal, infectious but non-contagious, tick-bor...

28 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Livestock branding part 3: Hot branding

The livestock industry commonly uses hot branding or freeze branding to identify and mark cattle. Despite their similarity in that both methods leave a permanent mark on the animal's hid...

28 Nov 2023 · 9 min read

Tick-borne diseases in Zimbabwe part 2: African and Asiatic redwater in cattle

The term redwater (babesiosis) is a generic term that refers to two diseases, namely African redwater and Asiatic or European redwater. In cattle, it is caused by a protozoan blood paras...

22 Nov 2023 · 8 min read

Growth monitoring in poultry

Broiler weight is an important parameter when growing broilers. After all, the end goal of raising broilers is to get as many birds to market as possible, using the least amount of feed,...

21 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

African farmers learn all about goats

Gerrie Ferreira, founder and co-owner of Karoo Livestock Exports based on the farm Chandelier near Oudtshoorn in the Klein-Karoo, has been exporting ostriches, livestock, and game for th...

21 Nov 2023 · 10 min read

Tips from Novatek Aquaculture: Disease and health management

The success of fish farming, whether conducted in cage or pond systems, hinges on maintaining the well-being and health of the fish population. In this article, we discuss key strategies...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Managing the effect of heat on poultry performance Part 1: Heat stress

The current rise of average temperatures and the unpredictability of the weather patterns are imposing new challenges to poultry production. The exposure of birds to sudden and/or prolon...

21 Nov 2023 · 7 min read

Beware of unnecessary losses in broiler production: Part 2

Simple overlooked issues are costly. Brooding is the period immediately after hatch when special care and attention must be given to chicks to ensure their health and survival. In nat...

21 Nov 2023 · 4 min read

Poultry news from Novatek

Heat stress management in monogastric species Heat stress is a critical concern in the management of monogastric species, including poultry, swine, and rabbits. Monogastric animals a...

21 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Vlakte Bonsmara study group is proud of what they achieved with the 2023 bull auction

The Bonsmara bulls achieved excellent prices at this year's Vlakte Bonsmara bull auction. All the bulls fared well during the event. The most expensive bull was lot 26, which sold for R4...

17 Nov 2023 · < 1 min read

Chemvet continues to offer tailor-made solutions despite poor economic conditions

For more than 44 years, Chemvet has been a reliable company known for standing firmly behind the agricultural community. Chemvet has been trusted since 1979 as a manufacturer and dist...

13 Nov 2023 · 2 min read

Wildlife Ranching South Africa: Promoting and protecting wildlife ranchers

South Africa is blessed with abundant biodiversity, where wildlife is not just admired but also protected. Thanks to the efforts of numerous game breeders and ranchers, agriculture has t...

3 Nov 2023 · 3 min read

Kalahari Beefmasters sets the standard high during their 9th production auction

V8 Beefmasters, Oktavia Beefmasters, B4 Beefmasters, and Louw Beefmasters held their highly successful ninth Kalahari Beefmaster production auction. Excellent animals, lot after lot, wer...

24 Oct 2023 · < 1 min read

Dry Ice 4 Farming – This branding method with dry ice has many advantages

For any farmer, the welfare of his livestock is very important. It might also help to spare the animals from the negative effects of traditional branding methods, such as trauma, skin da...

16 Oct 2023 · 3 min read

Louma Boerdery Production Auction – Bookmark 8 November 2023

Slaughter-ready cattle, pregnant females, and open heifers are all available to the buyer during the auction. The buyer also has several options available to them during the sheep portio...

9 Oct 2023 · < 1 min read

The latest innovations for BEEF CATTLE at SA Stud Book

SA Stud Book is proud to announce that breeding goals for both stud and commercial beef herds are being placed on a new level with the integration of all information that makes a noticea...

6 Oct 2023 · 4 min read

Livestock handling is fun with Algar

Time and labour can be saved, life can be much easier and nicer if a stock farmer has the right livestock handling equipment. Algar Livestock Handling Equipment is a trusted company wit...

3 Oct 2023 · 5 min read

Summer Sale auction achieves good prices

On offer were top Dormer and Santa genetics. There was a good turnout on the day with good prizes. Desmond and Timmy from Santarific Santas expressed their thanks to Martin and Thinus d...

29 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

The heat is back on at the National Brahman auction

The pride and hard work of each member and the society were remarkable. The wind was knocked out of Brahman farmers' and auctioneers' sails with the top animals and genetic lines that we...

28 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Algar brings livestock handling equipment to Cape NAMPO

Algar Livestock Handling Equipment is well known for quality livestock handling equipment that makes livestock farming easy. Their wide range of products ensures that both humans and ani...

26 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Chicken breeds part 2: Layer hens

Why are hybrid chicken layer breeds so popular among farmers? This article will seek to provide the answers. The creation of hybrid chickens requires the mating of two or more pure chick...

18 Sep 2023 · 8 min read

Tick-borne diseases of Zimbabwe: Gallsickness (anaplasmosis)

Gallsickness, or anaplasmosis, is a tick-borne disease that is common throughout Zimbabwe, and which affects cattle, sheep, and goats. Local cattle breeds are more resistant to the disea...

18 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

A guideline to broiler production: Preparing for and receiving chicks

Broiler production is the raising of birds for the purpose of producing meat for food. These chickens are specifically bred for meat production, and they have different body frames and n...

18 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Theileriosis: Vaccine found for cattle disease in Zimbabwe

Theileriosis, also known as January disease, is a disease where obligate intracellular protozoan parasites infect cattle. The parasites are transmitted by ixodid ticks, and have complex ...

18 Sep 2023 · 3 min read

Novatek at AgriTech Expo 2023

Novatek is well-known as Zambia’s leading stock feed producer and distributor. They pride themselves in supplying the best quality feed, tailored to the needs of local livestock. The N...

11 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

The exclusive opportunity for quality Brangus and Angus cattle: Malherbe and Rober...

The Malherbe and Roberts auction this year offers quality Brangus - as well as high quality Angus genetics, ensuring you get the perfect additions to your herd. With years of experience ...

11 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Snail production Part 4: Choose the right housing

Heliciculture is a good source of income for farmers as its products are highly beneficial as food and for the pharmaceutical industry. Both industries require the highest quality of sna...

6 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

Demystifying antibiotic use in livestock production

The responsible use of antibiotics is critical to maintaining herd health. Yet, the South-African cattle production industry is battling the prophylactic use of antibiotics in the treatm...

5 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

The Meatmaster National Auction once again shines with competitive prices and qual...

At this year's Meatmaster National auction there was a cheerful atmosphere, and the colors of the beautiful Meatmasters on offer were just as cheerful. There where 26 members of the M...

5 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Heifers for every farmer and his partner, and plenty to choose from

This year, BKB is offering an auction from the front seats in association with Tesame Dienste en Lewendehawe and the Prestige Beesgroep. There are a total of +/- 1200 heifers up for grab...

5 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

KroonLek: The first (and only) animal lick of its kind

KroonLek animal lick is the first product of its kind in South Africa. What makes this block exceptional is that the carefully formulated mixture consists of salt, molasses and diatomace...

5 Sep 2023 · 4 min read

Dust off your shoes and grab your wallet for this year’s incredible TXL Bove...

TXL Bovelder was one of the first herds bred in the Limpopo region in 1994. These Bovelders are thick, hardy and phenomenal adaptable bulls that run on severe heart water, red water and...

5 Sep 2023 · < 1 min read

Bonsmara Genepoel Spring Sale 2023

The Bonsmara Genepoel group achieved reasonable prices on the day, and are happy with the outcome of their 2023 Spring Sale.  32 Bonsmara stud bulls were sold for an average price of...

28 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Bonsmara Genetics’ first production auction shows they are here to stay!

Exceptional quality at very good prices, is the feedback that the presenters, Sebadja Bonsmara and Boschoek Bonsmara, received from bidders. The average and highest prices of the day ...

24 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

DanBred pig genetics now available in Africa

DanBred Africa (Pty) Ltd is the business partner of DanBred P/S from Denmark, with our HQ and breeding farms based in South Africa. We supply modern DanBred genetics to commercial pig fa...

23 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

How to prevent coccidiosis on your broiler farm?

In our previous article, we discussed the main species of coccidia affecting broilers, their effect on productivity and health, as well as the basis of prevention. In this article we wil...

22 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

Valuable hints from Novatek:

The basis of good egg production is a successful rearing phase, at the end of which the hen must have reached her standard body weight with a well-developed frame and good feed intake. ...

22 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Livestock identification part 2

Improved alternatives to replace conventional methods of livestock identification, such as branding or ear tags, have been available for quite some time now. Farmers and breed­ers today...

21 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

Steering the charge for growth in South Africa’s beef industry

In a momentous development, South African beef has received approval for export to Saudi Arabia, marking the first time in two decades. This breakthrough has ignited a sense of optimism ...

18 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

Livestock identification part 1: Ear tags

Different identification or branding methods for livestock include ear tagging, ear notching, tattooing, hot branding, freeze branding, and microchipping. Each method has its own advanta...

18 Aug 2023 · 7 min read

Chicken breeds part 1: Broilers

The production of meat for human consumption typically involves the use of broiler chickens in breeding programmes within the poultry industry. Because broiler chickens are bred to matur...

18 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

Majobe Merinos: Farming sheep effortlessly in extensive conditions

The modern Merino of the 21st century is more than just the show sheep of more than 20 to 30 years ago, which was then selected mainly only on appearance characteristics, based on breed ...

16 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Riverglen’s 5th production auction offers top Brahman and Beefmaster genetics

Riverglen believes that they are genetics based and based on verified pedigree. The herds of this stud also have 4x4 breeding, VO breeding, Bos breeding and Beefmaster alligance breeding...

16 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Dry Ice is your best ally for painless cattle branding

Branding is a common method of marking cattle, but old methods with hot irons are unpleasant to man and animal. Freeze branding is a much kinder alternative as there is no pain involved ...

11 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Caring of newborn piglets with Tiger Animal Feeds: Part two

Start creep feeding during the second week to train piglets to eat solid food to avoid a crisis after three weeks, when the piglets demand for more milk is higher than the sow can produc...

11 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

Apimondia: Beekeeping and rural development

Beekeeping has the potential to benefit rural development, but in Africa, it is not always easy. Five presentations with this theme were presented at the Africa Regional Apimondia Sympos...

8 Aug 2023 · 8 min read

Late winter licks for increased condition and re-conception

The main purpose of winter supplements is to supplement the nutrients that the field can no longer provide, in order to optimize the utilization of the available pasture. It is therefore...

3 Aug 2023 · 4 min read

The spectacular success of the 15th production auction of Quardsen Beefmasters

This year's Quardsen Beefmasters production auction was packed with incredible enthusiasm. The animals that were offered at the auction were carefully selected, and the breeder Riana de ...

1 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

From Sheep Showing to Success: The story of the Merino Landskaap and the Garcao st...

Located in the picturesque countryside, Kroonstad is home to a breed of sheep known for their exceptional adaptability. The Merino Landskaap is a magnificent sheep, according to Alfredo ...

1 Aug 2023 · < 1 min read

Good genetics come first for Jamica Brahman and Simbra stud

Adding Jamica Brahman or Simbra genetics to a herd is a wise business decision for several reasons. First, because of their hardiness and adaptability, Jamica cattle do well in any part ...

31 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Dry cow management with Novatek

Dry cow management is crucial to a cow’s performance and health in the next lactation. Metabolic disorders, feed intake after calving, fertility and milk production and composition are...

28 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

ALZU Beefmasters boast good prices at their 15th production auction

Buying bulls is easy, buying bulls that work, perform and are worth their salt is not so easy. ALZU Beefmasters' mission is to take all the guesswork out of it by providing breeders with...

28 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

Zimbabwe: Poultry farmers struggle to control disease & loss

In a home-made coop pieced together from corrugated iron, asbestos, wire mesh and bricks in one of Bulawayo’s low-density suburbs, known for once thriving white-owned farming plots, Gi...

27 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Pig breeds part 2: Southern African pig breeds

Pigs are popular as a source of food and income due to their rapid growth rates, high feed-to-meat conversion ratios, low area requirements, high reproductive capacity, and calm temperam...

27 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

Dry cow management

Dry cow management is crucial to a cow’s performance and health in the next lactation. Metabolic disorders, feed intake after calving, fertility and milk production and composition are...

27 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

Keeversfontein Brangusse looking great for their upcoming auction – 3 August...

The available bulls are part of the herd for at least a year. They also come from the red water and gall disease area, both of which are located below the Van Reenen Pass. In addition to...

24 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Bonsmara Genetics invites all to attend the auction

George Gomba from Bonsmara Genetics invites all existing and aspiring Bonsmara cattle farmers to the upcoming auction. This is the ideal opportunity to add quality Bonsmara genetics t...

24 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Bonsmara Genetics has top quality Bonsmara genetics available

Bonsmara Genetics promises to deliver the top genetic material of the Bonsmara cattle breed. Now, you can add these genetics to your farming operation. To find out more, view this auc...

24 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

From silkworms to silk garments Part 5: Silk weaving

The silk must be woven into a fabric before the process is complete and the product can be sold. The procedure involves the interlacing of two yarn systems that run perpendicular to one ...

20 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

Serfbred Brahmans achieve good prices at their annual production auction

The Serfbred Brahman group once again dominated the white registered Brahman livestock auction with their superior animals.  Average on the auction The auction was conducted by Hendri...

20 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

The Tuli’s come home – Shashi Tuli Stud

In the early 1940’s, the Southern Rhodesia government (now known as Zimbabwe) promoted a cattle improvement scheme to improve the local “native” cattle breeds. Mr Len Harvey, an ag...

20 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Are you looking for quality Bosvelder sheep genetics? Look no further than Inni-Bo...

Built from Africa’s history, for a future in the Bushveld. The Bosvelder sheep breed ideally consists of 50% Bapedi, 25% White Dorper and 25% Van Rooy sheep. The sheep are highly ferti...

19 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Syferfontein Bonsmaras held exceptional 24th production auction

Syferfontein Bonsmaras is no unknown name in the Bonsmara industry. They do the basics right and focus on the basic building blocks of breeding in their herd. With superior bloodlines...

17 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

The best possible start

To provide the best possible start for your calves it is firstly important to understand what the calf needs. A Farm enterprise is a longer-term business model than most people consid...

17 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Caring for newborn piglets with Tiger Animal Feeds: Part one

Caring for piglets is no small task. Any pig farmer will tell you that from the moment the sow starts to farrow, the farmer has his hands completely full. Caring for piglets takes a high...

17 Jul 2023 · 4 min read

Are your broilers not performing? It could be coccidiosis.

Coccidia are unicellular, microscopic parasites, responsible for the disease called coccidiosis. When the parasite invades the intestinal walls and multiplies inside its cells, it could ...

17 Jul 2023 · 8 min read

Snail production – Part 2

Heliciculture is not only a feasible option for farmers due to the few participants in the industry and therefore limited competition, but also due to the market options available both r...

17 Jul 2023 · 5 min read

Luck struck at Meyersvlei’s seventh production auction

Hennie van Dyk and the Meyersvlei Bonsmara team held their seventh production auction on 21 June 2023. "We are very blessed to be able to share this day with all our beloved family and f...

13 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Van Schalkwyk Boerdery is offering a complete sale of Mutton Merinos and Mutton Me...

You are invited to the sheep auction, in collaboration with BKB, of Mutton Merino and Mutton Merino x Dormers. Animals on offer are: 1 721 Sheep 190 Ewes (pregnant) 209 Ewe...

13 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Sernick Bonsmara’s 45th production auction attracts many emerging farmers

Sernick Bonsmaras had yet another successful auction.  The averages were as follows: Bulls sold for an average of R 106 887 with the highest bid reaching R 350 000. Stud cows...

12 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Pig breeds part 1: Southern African pig breeds

A crucial factor in any farming operation is the market. If you cannot sell your product, all your efforts are to no avail. It is important to think about whether or not you have a relia...

10 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

Bonsmara Genetics: Sebadja and Boschoek Bonsmaras joins forces for annual actions ...

Sebadja and Boschoek Bonsmaras are excited about the new dawn that is breaking over their with our first annual joint sale on 11 August 2023 at the farm Smallepad in the Roedtan area. ...

7 Jul 2023 · 2 min read

Kriek Meatmasters — your last chance to acquire some of these genetics

Kriek Meatmaster stud, built up by Pieter Kriek and his father, Carel Kriek, will hold a general sale on the 29th of July, at 11:00 a.m. Modderfontein, Heidelberg. On offer: 200 ...

7 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Farm management and planning: Part 2 -Camp sizes

In the previous article on farm man­agement and planning we focused on optimal resource utilisation and farm planning. When planning for the provi­sion of a sufficient number of camps,...

7 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

Sheep breeds part 4: Learn more about sheep around the world

The physical appearance of a sheep can be a significant factor in determining its overall characteristics. However, the breed’s ability to achieve the highest levels of productivity an...

7 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

Game ranching part 2: Placement of watering points

“With clever management a natural water source can be used sustainably throughout the year, depending on whether the number of game species is limited, and the drinking points are well...

7 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

Farming with nature: Drought mitigation

In the face of an extreme drought that has devastated large parts of the Karoo, including the Klein Karoo, it is important for farmers to learn how to mitigate the extreme conditions exa...

7 Jul 2023 · 9 min read

Goat breeds part 2: Milk and mohair breeds

Goats that are good for both milk production and mohair production make excellent livestock. They are easy to care for and maintain, and they generate steady income. Mohair from these an...

7 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

Functional Beefmasters on offer at Milestone Beefmasters’ 11th production au...

The bulls that will be offered at this year's auction are excellent examples of a combination of physical and genetic characteristics of the breed, with thick bodies, short legs and prov...

6 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Algar Livestock Handling Equipment introduces the new sheep neck clamp

Algar has identified the need among farmers for equipment that makes working with sheep and goats a lot easier. That's why they proudly present the new sheep clamp. With this H-clamp,...

3 Jul 2023 · < 1 min read

Nello Dohne-Merino’s 22nd Production Auction: An excellent investment and du...

Nello Dohne-Merinos was registered as a stud in 1990. The goal of Nello's breeding program has been to produce resilient, fertile, and adaptable sheep that can live and thrive in a varie...

27 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Quardsen Beefmasters are delighted to present their 15th production auction

Beefmasters are known for their excellent meat quality, with marbling producing tender and flavorful beef. In addition, they have a high fertility rate and are good mothers, making them ...

26 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Vleissentraal and Thielie Holdings present their annual stud auction on 5 July

Vleissentraal, together with Thiele Holdings invites all buyers to see the deep red, smooth hair cattle that will be on auction. The auction will take place on the 5th of July at 11:0...

23 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

The 5th annual production auction of Reeba’s desirable red cattle

Both red brahmans and droughtmasters are excellent cattle breeds if you want to maximise production while also adapting to different climates. The final decision between these different ...

22 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Vlakte Bonsmara group once again boasts exceptional prices achieved at their 17th ...

Outstanding quality was on offer. "The expectations were far exceeded for the day," says Kobus du Toit, chairperson of the Vlakte Bonsmara group. The aver...

15 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Bonsmara Genepool autumn auction

Bonsmara Genepool has been a stud group breeding scheme since 1981 with a core herd of breeding cows selected from the participating members' herds. The Members include: Bonsmara...

14 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Herbivore sweet feed: One feed for all ruminants

Most farmers in Zambia today have a combination of livestock on their farms. They have cattle, goats and sheep. A few even have horses and ponies, as well as game. Now, the question i...

12 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

Join the first-ever production auction for Moalosi Bonsmara

While there are many breeds of cattle you can choose from as a farmer, Bonsmara cattle are one of the breeds to take into account as an investment. Their ability to thrive in a variety o...

9 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Snail production – Part 1

Agricultural production systems are quite diverse and encompass a variety of interesting products and services. Some of these production systems seem unfathomable due to their rarity and...

9 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

White and red beautifully displayed at Sugar Sale’s second Brahman auction

Results Bulls: 5 Top Brahman stud bulls were offered and achieved an average price of R136 400.00. The most expensive bull from Burnie and Kosike Staal, Bos-Blanco, Lot 37, is sold f...

8 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Easy and simple livestock management with Petmar livestock handling equipment

Petmar livestock handling equipment create innovative, long-lasting, and simple-to-use equipment to help livestock farmers with their daily obstacles with grafting, weighing, loading, a...

8 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Syferfontein Bonsmara’s 24th Production Auction is around the corner

Syferfontein Bonsmara's 24th Production Auction is just around the corner, don't miss out on the best of the best in the industry! 22 June 2023, Farm Goodlands, Vrede District. On of...

5 Jun 2023 · < 1 min read

Dry Ice is your best ally for painless cattle branding

Branding is a common method of marking cattle, but old methods with hot irons are unpleasant to man and animal. Freeze branding is a much kinder alternative as there is no pain involved ...

5 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

Make sheepwork easier with Algar’s new sheep clamp

Algar with their top-quality Livestock handling equipment is a familiar face at NAMPO, and this year farmers once again got the chance to visit Algar to see how they make life easier for...

5 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Meyersvlei Bonsmara proudly presents their 7th Production Auction

Make sure you do not miss out on top quality Bonsmara animals! On offer: 40 registered stud bulls 25 selected females Contact details: For more information please visit ...

31 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Sernick Bonsmara’s 45th production auction

As Nick Serfontein sees it, "Agriculture in South Africa is in a good place." Attend Sernick Bonsmara's 45th PRODUCTION AUCTION and share in his confidence! There will be superior Bonsma...

30 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Top genetics on offer at Stelena SAMM stud’s production auction

The South African Meat Merino (SAMM) is the best option for any farmer in search of a hardy white sheep breed that originated in South Africa. The 16th Production Auction of the Stele...

23 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Grim report on animal biosecurity in South Africa highlights need for urgent action

Agri SA welcomes the release of the report by the Task Team on Animal Biosecurity. The task team was appointed to deal with the issue of animal biosecurity and the role of the state in t...

22 May 2023 · 2 min read

From silkworms to silk garments Part 4.1 – Silk reeling methods

In industry and trade, the term “raw silk” typically refers to raw mulberry silk. Reeling is a technique for extracting the silk filaments from cocoons to weave them together to crea...

15 May 2023 · 7 min read

Beekeeping part 10: Harvesting and marketing of honey

Once a year, usually in late summer, depending on rainfall and forage availability, honey is harvested from the hives. In Part 9 we learned that the hive consists of the brood chamber...

15 May 2023 · 8 min read

Tiger Animal Feeds: More than just feed Production tools for success in broiler bu...

Broiler farming is a very important farming business. For the farmer to be successful and achieve maximum results in the broiler business, certain pieces of equipment are necessary. The...

15 May 2023 · 3 min read

Tips from Novatek: Looking after your wiggly tail companions

Dogs are known as man’s best friend and have that title for a reason. They are your loyal companions and are always there when you need them. Caring for your companions is a responsibi...

15 May 2023 · 3 min read

For over 85 years, Gallagher has been protecting farmers’ assets

A smooth management system is essential for every livestock farmer. Thanks to Gallagher’s modern technology and solutions, their products make the farmer’s life easier and safer. ...

12 May 2023 · 5 min read

Zambian Pig Genetics showcases their business at AgriTech Zambia 2023

Zambian Pig Genetics Toppigs Norsvin was established in 2019. They Supply pig genetics from Toppigs Norsvin, a world leader in piggery genetics. Products include TN70, TN 70 tempo, gi...

11 May 2023 · < 1 min read

Beekeeping part 9: Obtaining a beehive

In the previous eight chapters, we provided a wealth of information on various aspects of beekeeping. But to keep bees, you will need a hive. There are various ways to get one. Beehiv...

8 May 2023 · 7 min read

Catfish farming offers an alternative in Zambia

Fish farming in Sub-Saharan Africa has been dominated by the cichlids commonly known as tilapias. Of the tilapias, the genus, Oreochromis has been the most cultured species in aquacultur...

8 May 2023 · 4 min read

Phibro: Controlling Salmonella gallinarum (SG) and Salmonella pullorum (SP) in lay...

In our previous article we discussed what happens when Salmonella pullorum (SP) and Salmonella gallinarum (SG) enter layer enterprises. We saw that, whilst SP affects mainly replacement ...

14 Apr 2023 · 7 min read

SU researchers explore alternative feed sources for goats and sheep

Three researchers focusing on alternative feed sources for goats and lambs received their PhD degrees in animal sciences from Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa. They investiga...

13 Apr 2023 · 7 min read

Niekerksrust will hold its 62nd production auction on 21 June 2023

Niekerksrust SAVM stud farm Niekerksrust in Viljoenkroon, which is owned and operated by Jan van Biljon, will once again offer an auction. On June 21st, high-quality Meat Merino sheep wi...

11 Apr 2023 · < 1 min read

The importance of supplying the correct nutrients in winter

As forage matures, its quality, and especially protein content starts to decline. To sustain healthy animal production one needs to supplement the veld with the nutrients the veld can no...

6 Apr 2023 · 6 min read

Why freeze branding is being used as a superior method by farmers

CryoBranding, or "freeze branding," was created in 1966 by Dr R. Keith Farrell of Washington State University. When cattle are branded with extremely cold irons using dry ice, the natura...

5 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Make money with layers by keeping your production up – Part 2

Declining day length Hens are sensitive to day length, and particularly to the direction in which day length is changing when it comes to laying eggs. Declining day lengths discou...

4 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Record prices set at the annual national Bonsmara auction 2023

The Red Breed event as well as the national Bonsmara auction are two of the most anticipated events of the year for Bonsmara enthusiasts. Every year, Bonsmara breeders and attendees look...

23 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

Ntaba Nyoni, Boran and Ankole cattle auction

Ntaba Nyoni held their two-in-one auction at the Phala Phala wildlife venue in Bela-Bela on March 4, 2023. The auction consisted of fifty Boran cattle and twenty-five Ankole Cattle. I...

22 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

From silkworms to silk garments Part 3: Silk harvesting

Many insects and spiders produce silk, which is essentially a solidified, viscous liquid secreted from specialised glands or orifices. The only significant source of silk for textile use...

15 Mar 2023 · 7 min read

Beekeeping part 8: How to obtain bees

Anew beekeeper can buy or catch a swarm of bees. Buying is the easy option, but with a bit of practice, you can capture a swarm that is on the move for free. But be careful, do n...

15 Mar 2023 · 10 min read

Make money with layers by keeping your production up – Part 1

Layer farming means raising egg-laying birds for the purpose of commercial egg production. Due to their high nutritional value, the demand for eggs has continued to grow worldwide. Eggs ...

15 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Sale of top Bonsmara stud herd

581 Top Bosmara cattle in total are offered. The offer is as follows: 110 Cows 10 Calves (possibly 3-in-1) 150 Cows (possibly pregnant) 92 First...

11 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

Food safety and zoonotic control on farms

The control of zoonotic agents in poultry and animal stocks has the effect of reducing the challenges to food safety management systems in processing and also further down along the food...

10 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Zambian Pig Genetics: TN70 sows will push profits

New and enhanced genetics is like a fresh breeze for every farmer and we salute the scientists who went through painstakingly precise, experimental processes to ensure that farmers can f...

10 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

Yara Animal Nutrition South Africa makes healthy animals, higher profits and prote...

We are Yara Animal Nutrition South African, a subsidiary of Yara International, the world's leading fertilizer company and provider of Environmental Solutions. We keep mouths full, we su...

9 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

Blouberg Aanteelveiling’s 29th auction exceeds expectations

During the Blouberg Aanteelveiling stock auction, despite heavy rain and wet conditions, visitors from far and wide attended.  Thanks to them, the 29th auction exceeded expectations.  ...

7 Mar 2023 · < 1 min read

Give your livestock a head start the Rumax 7 way

Every farmer knows what animals eat is the basis of successful livestock production. That is why the serious livestock farmer prefers the feed mixer that gives him the best quality fodde...

2 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Pig diseases: Know the differences between African swine fever, classical swine fe...

There are several key differences between African swine fever, classical swine fever and swine flu, including the clinical signs that develop, the way the diseases affect pigs, and the r...

2 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Sky-high prices achieved at Johanri Dormers auction

Johanri Dormers stud near Lindley in the Free State is known for outstanding animals that achieve record prices. According to Johan, the Dormer is the most efficient sheep breed in the...

24 Feb 2023 · 2 min read

Make Bonnox part of your farm-smart

“When you touch the wire, you can feel the quality,” says Hezekiel Malesa from Brits. He fenced his 23-hectare farm with Bonnox as part of his long-term farming plan. “I invest a ...

23 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

Ntaba Nyoni Cattle production auction

Ntaba Nyoni Cattle proudly presents their 2 in 1 production auction at Phala Phala Wildlife in Bela-Bela on 4 March 2023. Ntaba Nyoni production auction The auction will include cattle...

13 Feb 2023 · < 1 min read

Sernick Group’s annual breeding stock auction

The Sernick Group is optimistic about the future of agriculture in South Africa. That is why they strive to breed cattle that are hardy and adaptable. Their recent production auction ...

13 Feb 2023 · < 1 min read

Zambian Pig Genetics is a farmer-owned company offering top pig genetics

Your farm will immediately benefit from our experience, energy, and enthusiasm thanks to the close collaboration approach that we take. This strategy was built on our worldwide research,...

13 Feb 2023 · < 1 min read

PhosPro 17 – More than just a phosphate

Phosphate is traditionally the only summer supplement in South Africa, but it often happens that phosphate alone during the summer and late summer is not always sufficient for optimal pr...

8 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

A persistent problem in Zambia: Salmonellosis in laying hens

Salmonella is an enterobacterium, which means it can primarily infect the gastrointestinal tract, although in some cases it can distribute from the intestines to other organs. Each bacte...

8 Feb 2023 · 7 min read

Vrystaatse Jongooiklub has their third year of proofs

The Free State Ewe Club is a study group focused on making sheep management more profitable. The group holds annual trials to test various management methods. For more information, co...

8 Feb 2023 · < 1 min read

Stress in broilers may diminish profits

The term “stress” is commonly used to describe the detrimental effects of a variety of situations on the health and performance of broilers. It is also defined as a set of responses ...

3 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Johanri Dormers production auction on 4 February 2023

Dormers are an excellent breed of sheep that demonstrates its worth in both intensive and extensive farming systems. This auction features high-quality breeding stock that has been caref...

27 Jan 2023 · < 1 min read

Blouberg Aanteelveiling awaits their 29th production auction | Bonsmara and Boveld...

Bonsmara and Bovelder breeders can be excited about the Blouberg Aanteelveiling annual production auction. This auction boasts top breeding stock that was strictly selected to bring the ...

23 Jan 2023 · < 1 min read

Majobe Merino’s presents 29th production auction

Majobe Merino's has an intensive breeding policy. The goal is to produce top-performing ewes that deliver multiple lambs year after year. This year, on their 29th production auction, ...

16 Jan 2023 · < 1 min read

The History of the Sernick Bonsmara Stud

The Sernick Group as it is known today was born from a young Nick Serfontein’s dream to become a farmer. He was advised by his parents to choose another career, which he did, but his d...

16 Jan 2023 · 3 min read

Collet Farming superior genetics Meatmaster auction 23 February 2023

521 Meatmasters: 121 excellent registered rams, 200 registered ewes. 200 commercial ewes. Why this is the one sale no Meatmaster breeder should miss. Proud winner of the best small...

16 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Animal feeder solutions from Tal-Tec

Greg Talbot from Tal-Tec, a specialist in the design and manufacturer of livestock management and control solutions, talks about the features of his company’s feeder solutions. “W...

10 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Sheep breeds part 3: Native sheep breeds of Southern Africa

Southern African native sheep breeds thrive in extreme environments. They are lean and muscular, with thick rump and tail fat. In times of scarce grazing, body fat is stored here for use...

9 Jan 2023 · 7 min read

Beekeeping part 6: Feed

In a previous chapter, we had a brief look at the need for suitable forage for bees and the value of placing your hives near such a source. In this chapter, we look at what bees feed ...

22 Dec 2022 · 11 min read

Tiger Chicks shares knowledge on effective broiler vaccination

A broiler health strategy starts with the broiler breeder, includes broiler management, and is fine-tuned by the judicious use of vaccines. Vaccination is an integral part of any chicken...

22 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Preventing early IBV variant 2 infections in pullets

Infectious Bronchitis virus (IBV) variant 2 has been detected in Zambia by PCR and genetic sequencing. Although the number of cases is on the rise and the number of flocks sampled is inc...

21 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Western Cape veterinary laboratory closed for major renovations

The Department of Agriculture’s provincial veterinary laboratory (PVL) at Helderfontein in Stellenbosch will be undergoing major renovations during the next 12 months, during which the...

19 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Algar Livestock Handling Equipment is your livestock solution

Algar Livestock Handling Equipment's top-quality products are at the forefront of the market. With products that constantly deliver innovative solutions, Algar is a proud supplier of ani...

12 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

De Haasenjagt Boerdery: Chicken farming done right

When a chicken farm sells all the eggs their 1 600 chickens lay per day within 24 hours, it is proof that they are doing something right. Reyno Colyn and Belinda Hattingh farm with chick...

8 Dec 2022 · 7 min read

Beekeeping Part 5: Challenges that beekeepers face

A beekeeper faces many challenges, but persistence is usually met with success. The biggest challenges are finding a suitable terrain for his apiary and sufficient and diverse forage,...

7 Dec 2022 · 10 min read

Tips from Novatek: Raising baby chicks

Chickens are relatively easy animals to maintain once they are adults, but mortality rates can be high while the baby chicks are still growing. It, therefore, becomes cardinal that me...

5 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Prolick: An excellent source of non-protein nitrogen for ruminant animals

Non-protein nitrogen (NPN) is a term used in animal nutrition to refer collectively to components such as urea, biuret, and ammonia, which are not proteins but can be converted into prot...

5 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Premium Genetics Brahman cow sets record in South Africa

A record is not broken every day, and certainly not by a female animal! S tud animals from twelve studs and one guest seller from all over South Africa attracted attention to the Premium...

5 Dec 2022 · < 1 min read

Invitation to the Premium Genetics Auction on 23 October 2023

This was the second production auction held by Premium Genetics. Their Brahman auctioneer, Rohan Beukes, stated that they had improved since the previous auction. "We made the most of t...

5 Dec 2022 · < 1 min read

Devlan Limousins provides adaptable, early-maturing, quality bulls

As fertility accounts for 60% of a herd’s performance, we seek to promote fertility and reproduction.  We have regularly won the BreedPlan Cow Group as the largest and most fertile he...

2 Dec 2022 · < 1 min read

Sheep breeds part 2: Dual purpose sheep

Raising sheep can be beneficial in many ways. Sheep can eat vegetation that is not fit for human consumption. Sheep populations tend to grow rapidly, and their gestation period is much s...

30 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

On September 21, 2022, Be Human played host to the Sterkfontein Meatmaster auction

Willem and Lucile van den Berg would like to thank every buyer for their support during the auction. Mario Kruger from Vleissentraal thanked and congratulated Sterkfontein for the excell...

29 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Sterkfontein Meatmasters auction at Fire & Wine Arena in Pretoria on 22 Octob...

Sterkfontein Meatmasters' top animals were brought all the way from Wepner to Gauteng to present at the Sterkfontein Meatmaster production auction. The auction took place on Saturday, 22...

29 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Sernick invites everyone to the next stock auction

Be sure to mark the date in your calendar to attend the Sernick stock auction! The auction will be held on 3 February 2023. Keep an eye on their social media or visit their website fo...

22 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

3rd Hoëveld Bonsmara club production auction

The Hoëveld (High veld) Bonsmara club and its club members hosted their annual production auction that presented cattle with top genetics for purchase. The auction was held on 28 Oob...

22 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Rabbit farming part 10: Rabbit fur pelt production

High-quality pelts are sourced from unique strains of rabbits, such as the Rex species. Only a small number of skins are collected from slaughterhouses; the rest are discarded. The on...

20 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 9: Rabbit hair production

When discussing textiles, the term “angora” by itself always and exclusively refers to the hair of Angora rabbits. The hair of Angora rabbits is one of five keratinic textile fibr...

20 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 8: Rabbit slaughter and meat marketing

Among domestic livestock, rabbits are one of the most productive. On the same quantity of feed and water a cow will produce 500 grammes of meat while rabbits can produce three kilogramme...

19 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 7: Rabbit health

The most critical part of success­ful rabbit farming is keeping your rabbits healthy and happy. We shall discuss some of the most common rab­bit diseases, their symptoms, and how to pr...

19 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Rabbit farming Part 6: Kindling and weaning

The doe makes a nest with various materials and abdominal fur before kindling. The doe’s nest is usually at the end of her kindling burrow. A quiet area should be set aside for the doe...

18 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming part 5: Breeding and herd management

In a single year, a doe can have up to 12 litters of kits. The average litter size is six kits, which means that if a doe is constantly in the presence of a buck, she could be able to pr...

17 Nov 2022 · 8 min read

Rabbit farming part 4: Feeding and watering the rabbits

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to rabbit nutrition. In order to keep the rabbits healthy and prevent them from gaining too much weight, they must be fed the right...

17 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming Part 3: Selecting the correct housing system

Alot of thought and planning should be done before starting to construct and equip anything for rabbit care. When this is done right, it should ultimately reduce the amount of labour req...

16 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Rabbit farming – Part 2: Select the right breed

The vital first step in rabbit breeding is choosing the right breed. Accor-ding to the American Rabbit Breed­ers Association, there are around 38 breeds and 89 variants of domestic rabb...

16 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Rabbit farming Part 1: Why you should become a rabbit farmer

Rabbit farming can be an alternative farming opportunity for a beginner farmer or someone with limited resources. According to Mike Daka, a rabbit farmer and interim President of the Rab...

15 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Grow your fish with Novatek Simple pre-requisites to a successful aquaculture season

Aquaculture is becoming very popular amongst Zambians because it provides people with employment and a cheaper source of protein. The government, through the Ministry of Fisheries and Li...

15 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Devlan Limousins provides adaptable, early-maturing, quality bulls with conformati...

John and Tracey Devonport run the successful Devlan Limousin cattle stud, which is situated on Water’s Edge on the Vaal. Background John was brought up in Johannesburg and went to Wi...

14 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Devlan Limousins provides adaptable, early-maturing, quality bulls with conformati...

John and Tracey Devonport run the successful Devlan Limousin cattle stud, which is situated on Water’s Edge on the Vaal. Background John was brought up in Johannesburg and went to Wi...

10 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Biosecurity on your poultry farm: Maintain your broilers in good health

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission to and among livestock. Biosecurity is important because the set of preventi...

9 Nov 2022 · 5 min read

Soutpansberg Bonsmara auction attracts buyers from far and wide

Soutpansberg Bonsmara's 15th production auction saw attendees and buyers flock from near and far. The auction was held near Vivo in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Animals that ...

7 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Meet the President of the Simbra Cattle Breeders Society of Southern Africa

Tito Vorster is the CEO of the Delft Group and SIMBRA SA Breed President. They have a diversified agriculture footprint in Mpumalanga. Delft Group is a family-owned business managed by h...

7 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Summer Sale delivers top Dormer sheep and Santa cattle genetics

Summer Sale 2022 saw sellers of dormer sheep and Santa cattle come together to present an auction with top genetic material. Dormerific Dormers, Santarific Santas and Sombrero Santas ...

7 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Vlakte Bonsmara auction exceeds the breeder’s expectations

Vlakte Bonsmara group celebrated a successful action that broke many goals the group set for themselves. Buyers from across the country showed up to purchase top genetics for their catt...

4 Nov 2022 · < 1 min read

Why is feed conversion ratio (FCR) important?

Pig farmers often focus on reproductive traits. These traits are important, but also keep in mind how your herd is making use of feed because 80% of a farm’s costs is feed. Feed con...

2 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Oostelike Ile de France club auction delivers top genetics

Members of the Oostelike Ile de France club know why they choose this superior meat breed over and over. They choose it for its exceptional growth, fertility, and how easily it cross-bre...

31 Oct 2022 · < 1 min read

Sheep breeds part 1: Sheep raised for mutton

Dorper sheep In South Africa, the Persian sheep, the Dorset sheep, and the Van Rooy sheep were used to create the Dorper breed. This process produced a robust, quick-growing meat breed ...

31 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Poultry farming part 7: Record keeping

No business can survive without proper record-keeping. The sys­tem need not be complicated, but as a poultry farmer you must note down important information, such as the feed consumptio...

31 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Beekeeping part 4: Inside the hive

In the previous articles, we discussed beekeeping in general and the value of bees as pollinators. In this article, we have a peek inside an active beehive to see who lives there and wha...

31 Oct 2022 · 11 min read

Yara Animal Nutrition talks about their products at NAMPO Alfa

Yara Animal Nutrition is a leading phosphate supplier in South Africa and the biggest supplier of food-grade urea in Africa. They offer a variety of products including spray-dried molass...

20 Oct 2022 · < 1 min read

Pig farming Part 7: Marketing – the final test for success

A crucial element of the piggery business chain is the market. Thoroughly compiled market information and linkages determine piggery production objectives and profitability due to the co...

19 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

South African beef sought after by Saudi Arabia

A landmark deal has been signed between South Africa and Saudi Arabia, which will see South Africa export beef – amongst other red meat products – to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA...

19 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Algar Animal Handling Equipment shows how to make livestock handling productive at...

Productivity and efficiency are what Algar Animal Handling Equipment strive to give the farmer in the equipment they manufacture.  A variety of their equipment was on show at NAMPO A...

18 Oct 2022 · < 1 min read

Tips to maximise the vaccination success against Infectious Bronchitis in broilers

Physical properties of Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) Infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) infects exclusively birds, with different clinical presentations depending on factors such as ...

17 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Novatek remains committed to the Zambian community

In Zambia, poultry farming serves as a major source of income and nutrition for more than 1 million farmers and households who keep chickens. Novatek is committed to maintain both qua...

17 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Vaccinate your horses to get them ship-shape to ride and compete this summer

As equine competition season ramps up, the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) has emphasised the importance of horse owners getting their animals vaccinated against African horse si...

14 Oct 2022 · 5 min read

Rhino farmer emigrates, but keeps his rhinos

Piet Warren, game rancher from Gravelotte in Limpopo, is slowly but surely getting rid of his assets with the aim of emigrating to Australia. Piet (75) and his wife Christine have bee...

11 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Cattle breeds part 6

Holstein dairy cows Holsteins are easily recognisable due to their distinct markings, which are most often black and white, but can also be red and white. The breed originated in the Ne...

10 Oct 2022 · 7 min read

Algar Animal Handling Equipment

Algar Animal Handling Equipment pride themselves on delivering high-quality products that make your work more efficient and profitable. Their wide range of products for livestock farmers...

10 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle – Part 16: Microcomputers and...

Good old fashioned milk recording with pen and paper was inexpensive, but it was unreliable and brought about many problems. It also increased the workload when it had to be processed in...

3 Oct 2022 · 11 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 15: Milking machine sys...

The most important aspect concerning the efficient functioning of milking machine systems is vacuum stability. It is associated with positive milk removal from the udder with minimum irr...

3 Oct 2022 · 9 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 14 – Milking machine sy...

Milk is a very sensitive product and can get stale and smelly within a very short time. Bad milk will be rejected by the buyer and cause serious financial losses. Milk should be treat...

3 Oct 2022 · 8 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 13 – Holding pens

The importance of holding pens at milking parlours is often disregarded. The absence or errors in the form and layout thereof, is the direct cause of poor cow flow at well-designed milki...

3 Oct 2022 · 6 min read

Poultry farming part 6.2: Biosecurity

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is one of the deadliest diseases for poultry throughout the world, and some strains may affect humans, who might die from it. AI, or bird flu,...

28 Sep 2022 · 9 min read

Elmic Beef hosts their 22nd auction with success

Elmic is situated in the highlands of the Eastern Free State. Their philosophy is the natural management of veld grass for animal production. And it shows in the genetics of their cattle...

27 Sep 2022 · < 1 min read

Jacaranda Ile de France auction reaches record price for Hageland Ile de France ram

The annual Jakaranda Ile de France Auction offers buyers a chance to purchase top genetics from the respected Hageland Ile de France stud. During the event, a record price was achieve...

27 Sep 2022 · < 1 min read

How to store your stock feed properly

Stock feed is the feed manufactured for livestock animals to meet the requirements of a certain species. It can be produced in a mash, crumble, or pelleted form. Livestock is an inves...

27 Sep 2022 · 2 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 12 Interior layout of t...

The interior design of your dairy can make or break your operation. With some clever thinking beforehand, your dairy will become a place of pride for generations to come. Doors Because...

27 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 11 – The interior and e...

To ensure a pleasant milking experience for the cows, farmer, workers and even visitors, it is very wise to have a look at all the factors involved and do some planning before you draw u...

27 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 10 – Rapid-exit milking...

Rapid-exit parlours are designed to improve the efficiency of fishbone and parallel parlours. All the cows on the one side of the parlour are let out simultaneously in a direction perpen...

27 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Create the perfect environment for your dairy cattle: Part 9 – The benefits and di...

Fishbone milking parlour Cows enter these parlours in groups and stand at an angle to the milking pit, so that only the udder part of the cow is exposed to the labourer (Figure 1). ...

27 Sep 2022 · 6 min read

Poultry farming Part 6.1: Poultry health

Chickens get sick very easily. Disease can kill your whole flock overnight, so it is important to make sure that you do everything you can to keep them healthy. The two most significa...

27 Sep 2022 · 12 min read