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Volume 7, Issue 2, 2017
Source: Stockfarm 7, pp 6 –7 (2017)More Less
Stock theft discussed at LWCC meeting
ARC celebrates 20 years of SANAS accreditation
African agripreneurs take the spotlight
Strengthening project launched in Rwanda
FAO and OIE launch first salvo against PPR
Call for warning on US processed meat
Model to protect against biological invasion
Veterinary graduate rewarded for excellence
Mutual & Federal backs rural co-op
Geographic identification for Moz goat meat
Author Marese LombardSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 8 –9 (2017)More Less
The interaction between tax planning and the cash flow of a farming enterprise, means that farmers inevitably remain informed about major tax issues. Many producers are currently concerned about the possible tax implications of proposed legislation promulgated recently.
Author Noëlin du PlessisSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 11 –11 (2017)More Less
The vast majority of South African producers in the meat industry do not want to relive 2016. Stockfarm asked two of the big names in the auction industry regarding auction trends in 2016 and expectations for cattle auctions in 2017. This article deals with two regions, but the similarities are clear and probably an accurate reflection of the industry at large.
Source: Stockfarm 7, pp 14 –15 (2017)More Less
More than 30 years ago, farmers were introduced to the principle of a large stock unit (LSU) to determine the carrying capacity of farms. It was initially used by the state to grant aid when the erstwhile aid and subsidy schemes were still in place, and to encourage farmers to protect grazing resources against overgrazing and trampling.
Source: Stockfarm 7, pp 18 –19 (2017)More Less
When Neels de Villiers, a cattle farmer between Ventersburg and Senekal in the Free State, realised that his cattle were not going to survive the severe drought, he held an auction in April, selling some 300 head of cattle, approximately 30% of his total herd. This made a significant difference and reduced the pressure of getting the rest of the animals through the winter.
Author Jurie NaudéSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 21 –21 (2017)More Less
The primary goal of a maintenance lick is to stimulate microbial growth in the rumen in order to increase intake and digestibility of roughage (grazing). The secondary goal is to supplement deficient nutrients to limit weight loss in the dry season. With a production lick, however, the emphasis shifts from maintenance to production.
Author Richardt VenterSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 33 –33 (2017)More Less
Are there producers who still use a single- or double-row cutter to cut silage? It seems that a number of farmers still make use of this method, one of its greatest benefits being enough time to compact! However, there are also disadvantages, most important of which is probably the effect on quality as the crop exceeds the optimal cutting stage and it takes too long so seal the bunkers – thus affecting primary fermentation. The effect on the farmer’s time is also significant, as he is kept busy by such low-volume cutting methods for approximately three weeks.
Source: Stockfarm 7, pp 37 –39 (2017)More Less
The Ile de France produces white wool without coloured fibre, and its 23 and 27 micron strong wool is of an acceptable standard. Fleeces of ewes up to twelve months weigh 3 to 4,5kg, and those of rams 5 to 6kg with a staple length of between 80 and 90mm. First crosses with Merino ewes produce outstanding wool of approximately 24 microns.
Source: Stockfarm 7, pp 40 –41 (2017)More Less
Genomically improved breeding values will make it possible for beef producers to identify superior breeding stock that can transfer economically important traits to their progeny at an earlier stage and more accurately. It can become an especially useful tool with regard to traits that are difficult and expensive to measure.
Source: Stockfarm 7, pp 43 –43 (2017)More Less
The Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act 62 of 1998) defines an animal breeders’ society as follows: “It is a group of persons promoting the breeding, the recording or registration, the genetic improvement and the use of a kind of animal or an animal of a specified breed of such kind of animal, determining and applying breed standards, recommending in its sole discretion the recording or registration of an animal or a specified breed of a kind of animal bred in or imported into the Republic, and who is registered in terms of the act.”
Author Danie OdendaalSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 45 –45 (2017)More Less
Some 30 years ago I started working as veterinarian among the farmers of Koedoesrand. Most people are probably unaware of this region which is located within a triangle formed by the Limpopo, Lephalale and Mogalakwena rivers. Swartwater served as my base while working there. Apart from two churches, a co-operative, post office and primary school, there also used to be a temporary army base there.
Author Ellie van DalenSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 49 –49 (2017)More Less
Author Frikkie MaréSource: Stockfarm 7, pp 51 –51 (2017)More Less
When discussing livestock feed, the names of large feed companies such as Voermol and Molatek inevitably come to mind. However, the South African livestock feed industry is much more extensive than these and other manufacturers of ready-mixed feeds and licks for animals. Animal scientists often remark that feed is the best medication for your animals, a statement that emphasises the importance of the livestock industry.