Saturday, December 7, 2019

Stockfarm is a semi-scientific magazine for commercial and aspiring commercial livestock farmers who wish to farm more profitably by applying sound farming practices. Stockfarm is calendar driven and supplies information that is applicable to a particular season and particular circumstances. The magazine addresses topics ranging from feed and nutrition, to animal health, crops, grazing, breeding, handling and management. Sound information for farmers who are serious about their trade.

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Double muscling is a contentious, topical and highly relevant subject currently being debated in the livestock sector. In this in-depth article, Izak Hofmeyr speaks to a geneticist about double muscling – where it originated, how it affects animals, whether it is desirable or not, and what to do to prevent it. He also spoke to a producer who is explains the practical problems encountered because of double muscling in his herd.

Also look forward to articles on:

  • Boer goats in the Northern Cape.
  • Innovation in no-till practices.
  • Green grazing.
  • Managing heat stress in dairy cows.
  • The importance of traceability.
  • Formulating dairy rations.
  • The best way to manage sheep.
  • Mastitis control and prevention.
  • Legal issues relating to tuberculosis.
  • Action plan for maintaining farm roads.
  • Issues relating to retrenchment.
  • A visit to Keeversfontein.

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Wool quality: A century of transformation

South Africa’s wool industry and wool quality has undergone some radical changes over...

Red meat producers: The future is in their own hands

For South African red meat producers, the need to change the things they have control...

It’s your cow herd that determines your success

If a young breeder were to ask him what he or she should...

The legal relationship between landowners and farm dwellers

It is important to adopt a proactive approach to farm relationships. The reality is...

Braford school herd excels at Morgenzon

The objective of the PLAAS Agricultural Youth Foundation’s Veeplaas Schools’ Herd Project is to introduce...

Laparoscopic AI: Hugely beneficial for small-stock production

The primary purpose of laparoscopic artificial insemination (LAI) is to ensure the highest...

Win the parasite war with the Famacha five-point plan

Parasites wreak havoc on herds and can even lead to animals succumbing. The...
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The Animal Diseases Act: Control of Anthrax

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and...

Mechanical methods for Karoo veld restoration

The Northern Cape is known for its frequent droughts and low rainfall, and...

Guard against respiratory diseases in cattle

In the red meat industry, respiratory diseases have the most severe effect on...

Prevent winter parasites from running riot

The summer months, with rain, high temperatures and growing grass, is usually the time...

The Animal Diseases Act: Foot-and-mouth disease

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and...

Managing nutrition in ewes

The increasing demands placed on ewes in terms of multiple births in intensive, accelerated...

Mohair South Africa under new management

As Mohair South Africa’s new general manager, Lindsay Humphreys executes the board’s...

Zimbabwe’s beef industry stampedes back to life

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More about Prolonged Farrowing

This article was originally published on www.pigprogress.net. Click here to read the original...

There’s more to buying a cow than meets the eye

Most dairies start out by buying a few dairy cows. The place where...

The Animal Diseases Act: What farmers should know

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and...

Choosing an irrigation system

Selecting an irrigation system for a site is not always straightforward and may depend on many factors. Sites may...

Creep feeding gives sheep farmers the edge

In the contemporary agricultural landscape, scientific advances help farmers boost production, good genetics are available...

Science supports groundwater management

The oceans contain 97% of the earth’s water and of the remaining 3%, which is...

Make calf health a priority during winter

The approach of winter means it is time to wean calves. Weaning, associated with significant...

Are you fire ready?

This is the first article in a series on fire prevention and management. The articles...

Martyrsford Angoras: The legacy lives on

Sean Hobson’s grandfather, Arthur Blake Hobson, once said about farming: “The way people judge you...

Community participation in a diverse farm business

At first sight, Stefan and Francisca Gerber seem like an ordinary couple farming Merino and...

Modern dairy feed systems create new challenges

The dairy industry has been at the forefront of farming enterprises for quite some time...

Conservation agriculture: Much more than no-till

“Truly understanding the principle of conservation agriculture was a lightbulb moment for me. It has...

Goat meat excels, but supply remains limited

Due to its health value and excellent taste, goat meat has become more popular among...

How to erect a small-scale milking shed

Milk has been described as nature’s most complete source of food. The contribution of milk...

SA goat breeds suit the Zimbabwean landscape

Pathisani Ncube has a wholly indigenous flock of 15 goats that he rears on a...