The manner in which trace minerals support reproduction in sheep

Minerals are important in the body for growth, reproduction, and maintenance of health. In a way, the body can be seen as a camera, with minerals as the focus button. While you can still take pictures without using the focus button, they will probably not come out very well. The body needs minerals to function…

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…

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