Seasonal cycles of summer versus winter feeding

Boom and bust cycles are a fact of life. Good times give way to tough times. Just when we think we’ve got life figured out, it throws us a curve ball and humbles us once again. Dairying is no different. Whether you are a pasture farmer or a total mixed ration (TMR) farmer, seasonal cycles…

Selenium reduces oxidative stress and improves production

This article by Dr Christof Rapp, a lead researcher in swine nutrition at Zinpro Corporation, first appeared in the November 2019 issue of Essential Feed and explains how selenium reduces oxidative stress and improves production. Livestock and poultry, just like humans, naturally produce toxic substances and reactive oxygen species – small and highly reactive molecules…

Greater metabolic heat production; the heat is on!

Greater metabolic heat production, the heat is on!

Modern, fast-growing broiler chickens have been genetically selected for a rapid growth rate and improved muscle tissue deposition, which leads to greater metabolic heat production. This, in turn, makes them more susceptible to high temperatures and humidity when compared to older, native breeds. Besides their high metabolic heat production, broilers also have abundant feathers and…

Chromium: A window of opportunity

chromium a window of opportunity

Chromium is rapidly gaining momentum among nutritionists as a mineral that gets more interesting the more we understand about it. A relatively new arrival to the mineral scene, chromium has gained wide recognition for its effect on energy metabolism and its commensurate effect alleviating the disadvantages that stress places on our animals. Evidence of multiple…

Wandile Sihlobo opens the new Chemuniqué building

Strategically positioned in the Lanseria Corporate Estate, the new Chemuniqué building embodies the passion and commitment of this company to both their clients and staff. The professional teams of architects and subcontractors worked together to produce a building representative of and inspired by Chemuniqué’s culture and ethos, and a strong relationship was formed between these…

The five-by-five-by-five of wagon mixing and maintenance

Comfortable cows produce more milk, but cows can only be comfortable if they are comfortable with their diet – an optimally formulated, well-mixed, properly delivered ration. Proper wagon mixing and maintenance can ensure that you are getting a consistent feed mix and maximising the effects of your dairy cattle nutrition programme. Learn how to get…