Reduce weaning stress in small stock

As producers, we tend to forget that weaning is a stressful event for lambs and kids. Abruptly removing young animals from their mothers may lead to a period of decreased feed intake and growth, as well as impaired immunity. Helping lambs and kids overcome weaning shock will not only help the animals, but will also…

Breeding rams: King of the flock

Why do we sometimes tend to overlook the preparation of rams before the breeding season? Perhaps it is because they only make up around 3% of the flock. Or maybe it is a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’? Overseeing ram preparation can influence the breeding season and pregnancy rates, and thus a…

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…

A toast … to better immunity in livestock!

How has the COVID-19 pandemic left you so far? With your glass half full, half empty, or are you leaning towards just plain empty? Whatever the case, livestock immunity will be vital to keep your farming enterprise’s cup full to the brim during 2021. Here are some tips on how to fill your livestock immunity…

Chromium mitigates heat stress in poultry

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Heat stress has become one of the most important factors to affect the efficiency of poultry production, resulting in high economic losses. Heat stress not only negatively influences production performance, but it also has a detrimental effect on meat and egg yield, meat and egg quality, reproductive performance, intestinal function, and immune response. Dietary supplementation…

Health is wealth: The microbiome and nutrition

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In the first article in this series, we discussed the increasing demand for poultry meat due to both population growth and an increase in per capita consumption, and its related effect on the incidence of production diseases in poultry production systems. Last month, we investigated the interactions between the poultry gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and the…

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