Livestock

Die heuningmakers se toekoms is op die spel

Honey bees threatened

Daardie bottel op die rak met die goue, stroperige vloeistof is uiters gesog by alle mense alhoewel dit ‘n plaas se prys is. Sedert oertye is heuning nie alleen die natuur se wondergawe as soetgoed vir die mens nie maar ook die bron van baie geneeskundige waarhede omdat dit heeltemal natuurlik is en mikro-hoeveelhede natuurlike…

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The Fish and Seafood Value Chain

Fish and seafood value chain

Seafood products are among the most important internationally traded food commodities. The world seafood industry plays a significant role in the economic and social well-being of many nations, as well as in the feeding of a significant part of the world’s population. Fishing and fish farming have emerged as one of the major food processing…

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Om koeie te koop

Om koeie te koop

Om die regte koeie te koop is moeiliker as wat baie mense dink. Die aankoopplek, finansiële vermoë van die koper en redes waarom koeie verkoop word dra alles by tot die gehalte van diere wat gekoop word. Daar is ook verskeie risiko’s met die aankoop van koeie. Dit geld vir beide die koper as vir…

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Adding value to a dairy herd

Adding value to a dairy herd

Dairy farmers are always looking at ways to increase the value of their herds. The management style has a major effect on the value of cows, heifers and their combined output. Although some farmers may be good at producing feeds; such as growing pastures, making hay or silage, some do not apply good animal management.…

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Agricultural value chain

Agricultural value chains

The agricultural value chain concept has been used since the beginning of the millennium, primarily by those working in agricultural development in developing countries. Although there is no universally accepted definition of the term, it normally refers to the whole range of goods and services necessary for an agricultural product to move from the farm…

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Principles regarding replacement heifers

Replacement heifers

Dairy farmers always aim to reduce the production cost of milk to increase profit margins. Heifer rearing is a direct cost and produces no immediate income; therefore, efforts are made to reduce this cost. However, heifer rearing is an integral part of a dairy herd and cost saving efforts should not reduce their future production…

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Including live weight in cow selection

Including live weight in cow selection

The genetic merit of a dairy herd depends on the average breeding value of the group of bulls selected annually to service cows and heifers. Sire selection is usually based on a varying emphasis of conformation and production traits. In the USA, currently, more than 40 traits in dairy cows are being measured and genetic…

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Good news for dairy industry

SA Dairy championships

Good news for dairy industry: SA Dairy Championships attracts 882 entries The biggest dairy competition in Africa, the judging of the South African Diary Championships, took place on Thursday 28 February 2019 at GrandWest in Cape Town. This year, 76 manufacturers entered a total of 882 dairy products in more than 100 different classes. “These…

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Consider live weight when selecting dairy bulls

Consider live weight

Consider the live weight when selecting dairy bulls. The genetic improvement of a dairy herd depends on the group of bulls selected every year to inseminate cows and heifers. At conception the genetic merit of the calf is fixed while for the dam the possibility of a next lactation period is established. Despite sire selection…

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Workshop paves way to appoint manager for predation

Predation management forum

The Predation Management Forum (PMF) held a workshop on 21 February at NMU to develop a framework that will give direction to research and training / extension, which will be practical for all to support and actively engage and participate in. The event was well attended by tertiary institutions, predation specialists, national departments of government…

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