Snowball into success

Snowball your calf rearing into heifer rearing success

Precision farming holds the key to the future. The future of a dairy herd lies with the heifers that will replace your existing herd. There needs to be a continuous drive to improve fertility on-farm, to ensure that our milking cows fall pregnant. At the end of gestation, we go through one of the most…

At the mercy of the veld?

beef herd

Farming with breeding beef cows is a constant balancing act. You need to know what a cow needs in all stages of her reproductive cycle, what resources you have available on the veld, and the deficit that you need to make up for in supplemental feed in order to maximise health, growth efficiency, production, and…

Feeding the white gold factory: A life-phase approach

The profit of any factory will be affected by its working parts (machinery) and steady structure. If a factory has a weak foundation, the structure that it is supposed to support will be doomed. Similarly, with defective machinery, no product will be produced. The same is true for sheep, the ‘white gold’ factories grazing on…

Foot rot in sheep

Although there are many reasons as to why sheep develop hoof problems, foot rot is certainly the foulest of all. A highly contagious bacterium, Dichelobacter nodosus, is responsible for these infections. If an animal has soft hooves due to moisture or has sores on its hooves and on the tissue surrounding the hooves due to…

Trace minerals and inflammation in cats and dogs

Companion animals are not just our pets, they are members of our family. As such, it’s important that we ensure their happiness, health, comfort and well-being. Unfortunately, inflammation in cats and dogs is a common factor affecting their well-being and is often recognised as sickness, general unthriftiness, and/or unhappiness. An appropriate and robust inflammatory response…

Investing in eggshell quality

Investing in eggshell quality

Eggshells that are cracked or broken account for between 80 and 90% of the eggs that are downgraded. This can be a problem, especially in older laying hens. Therefore, eggshell quality plays a key role in the economics of a layer farming operation. Eggs for the table egg market need to be strong enough to…

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