Feedlot calves: The right start

feedlot beef calf

The management and handling of new calves arriving at a feedlot has a huge influence on profitability. New calves need to be managed with care in order to overcome the challenges they face without any unnecessary stress or other difficulties. A feedlot starter programme specifically focuses on making the transition to intensive production as easy…

Is there a place for chromium supplementation in sheep nutrition?

Chromium. The nutrient of the 90s. The next big thing. What else has been said about chromium before? Why is it then that we are only now starting to really look at the use of chromium supplementation in sheep nutrition? Should we even consider using it? Chromium was proven to be an essential mineral as…

The multifactorial labyrinth of calf health

Calf health has a considerable effect on the economic sustainability of beef production systems, with greater calf losses and disease prevalence resulting in unnecessary costs to the production system. Calf health is not solely influenced by factors when the calf makes its arrival; however, it is rather a journey that begins at conception, is carried…

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…

BRD in the feedlot: Prevention is better than cure

young feedlot cattle

When it comes to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in the feedlot, the old aphorism, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” could not be more apropos. In fact, it would be even more true to say that preventing disease in the feedlot is not just “worth a pound of cure”, but is…

The stress of relocation

In any business, it is important to keep growing and improving your profit potential. The same applies to your beef cattle herd; you consistently need to improve your herd’s profit potential. One way of doing this is to improve your herd’s genetic potential to ensure optimal production. Artificial insemination (AI) is a great option for…

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