Zinc – the mineral Zeus

Profitability can be assessed by reproduction, production, and weaning, among other measurements. These are often primarily mentioned because they are the main source of revenue or the basis from which we can budget. In other words, they tell us what the overheads will be punching at. In this article, we touch briefly on the impact…

Compass pointing us to success

success compass

In various industries, especially ours, many people dread record-keeping and therefore avoid it. One of the reasons is that it is perceived as taking a lot of time away from our daily “important activities” or, should I say “things we enjoy doing”. We fail to see the value in record-keeping because we are afraid of…

These hooves are made for walking

Dairy farmers run the risk of enormous economic losses as a result of lameness. Optimum hoof care practices such as early detection and treatment can help minimise these losses by improving recovery times and reducing animal suffering. In fact, prevention has proved to be a better means of reducing costs and is therefore an even…

Life begins during the dry period

dairy heifers

I’ve heard it said that life begins at 40! I’m not qualified to express an opinion on that, but what I do know is that the life of a productive heifer starts before she is even born, during the dam’s dry period. To wait for 40 years to develop a child’s potential would make no…

Promoting the prudent use of capital in your farming enterprise

I’m sure you have also seen someone win the lottery, only to lose it all again, sometimes ending up in worse shape than they were before winning. This is mostly due to them not knowing what they want or not having any goals. It is important to remember that the prudent use of capital in…

Productivity and the immune response

Have you ever walked through a maze or played a maze game? These days, farming is something like being in a maze, with many twists and turns and walls that seem to rise in front of us as challenges to the end goal of efficient production. One of the challenges that we are faced with…

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