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Honey bees threatened

Die heuningmakers se toekoms is op die spel

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Replacement heifers

Principles regarding 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 ...
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. ...
SA Dairy championships

Good news for dairy industry

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, ...
Consider live weight

Consider live weight when selecting dairy bulls

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 ...
Predation management forum

Workshop paves way to appoint manager for predation

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 ...
Pangolin

400,000 African pangolins are hunted for meat every year

Why it’s time to act Pangolins, a group of unique African and Asian scaly mammals, are one of the most heavily trafficked wild mammals in ...
Heifer rearing

Keeping heifer rearing costs down

A dairy herd consist of cows and heifers. Cows are either in milk (lactating) or dry (not producing milk). As cows are the production units ...
Honey bees

Managed bees versus wild bees?

It’s not that simple in South Africa There’s widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services. Should ...
Bloublommetjies

‘Bloublommetjies’ – a blessing or a curse?

  Figure 1. Flower of Echium plantagineum. Source: www.internatura.org One of the most prominent sights in the landscape over the spring and summer season, and ...
Dairy cows

The effect of concentrate feeding levels on milk yield

The milk yield of dairy cows varies because of individual genetic merit, age, lactation stage (days in milk), daily feed intake, feed quality and body ...
Rearing bulls

Guidelines to follow when rearing bulls

Due management and nutrition of bulls are essential to the cow-calf producer to ensure maximum reproduction and genetic efficacy of his herd. Various factors affect ...
Signs and symptoms of foot and mouth disease

Signs and symptoms of foot-and-mouth disease

In the light of the resent outbreak of foot and mouth disease in South Africa, we look at the signs and symptoms. Foot-and-mouth disease or ...
Foot and mouth disease outbreak

Foot and mouth disease outbreak

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries provides update on Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in Limpopo. Subsequent to Minister Zokwana’ s meeting with industry, ...
Bee on flower

Illegal use of pesticides

Emphasis on the word illegal The illegal use of pesticides killing of bees in the Constantia area of the Western Cape has received widespread media ...

Conservation Agriculture and soil fertility management Part 2

Case study on a degraded soil in the North West Province Following an introduction to some theoretical principles and practices of Conservation Agriculture  and integrated ...
Dairy cows

Key performance indicators for dairy farmers

Milk prices for dairy farmers are affected by supply and demand. Farmers have, for except, the volume and quality of milk being produced, generally little ...
Millions of bees killed

A better future for honey bees

Farmers, beekeepers, Croplife South Africa and researchers take hands The Western Cape Bee Industry Association (WCBA) organised a workshop at the Buitenverwachting wine estate in ...
sustainable livestock production

Sustainable livestock production is possible

“New research advocates use of pastures with shrubs and trees as it is more sustainable, improving animal welfare and increasing biodiversity.” Consumers are increasingly demanding ...
Dairy cows

Milk income is reduced by poor reproduction

Milk production systems in the Western Cape Province vary from fully or partially pasture-based to zero-grazing total mixed ration (TMR) systems. The rainfall in many ...
Conservation Agriculture and soil fertility management Livestock

Conservation Agriculture and soil fertility management Part 1

Theoretical principles and practices In South Africa, crop production systems based on intensive and continuous soil tillage have led to excessively high soil degradation rates ...
Dairy calves

Ensuring the future milk yields of dairy cows

When starting a new dairy farm, some management actions must be undertaken correctly from the start ensuring the future milk yields of dairy cows. Although ...

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