10th Jun 2019

Part 2: The Animal Diseases Act

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and farmers about the importance and effect of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act 35 of 1984). It explains the reasons for the existence of this Act, what farmers’ general rights and duties are, and goes into more detail regarding the control measures for some of the most important controlled animal diseases. Part 2: Control of foot-and-mouth disease On 7 January this year, South Africa lost its ‘foot-and-mouth free zone without vaccination’ status, which had been granted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). This came after […]
10th Jun 2019

The Animal Diseases Act: What you should know

This article is part of a series of articles educating livestock owners and farmers about the importance and effect of the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act 35 of 1984). It explains the reasons for the existence of this Act, what farmers’ general rights and duties are, and goes into more detail regarding the control measures for some of the most important controlled animal diseases. Part one takes a closer look at why the Animal Diseases Act is necessary and the duties and rights of farmers in terms of the Act. Part 1: Control of certain diseases The Act came into effect in […]
7th Jun 2019

How to feed lambs and ewes for optimal results

Kenneth Hamlett of Tau Mills believe that the first phases of a lamb’s life are crucial for future growth. He explains more about the correct feeding practices for lambs and in-lamb ewes. Genetics, feeding, processing and weather plays a big role in the first phase of a lambs development, but above all, management. It is important to start before lambing, a lamb’s life actually begins four to six weeks before it is born. About 80% of foetal develo
6th Jun 2019

Wool Market Report – 6 June 2019

On the 31st wool auction of the 2018/2019 season, the merino wool market indicator increased with +2,5%
30th May 2019

Wool Market Report – 30 May 2019

On the 31st wool auction of the 2018/2019 season, the merino wool market indicator increased with +2,5%
28th May 2019

Award-winning Brangus breeder’s secret to success

Christopher Sparks can be counted as one of the top cattle stud producers in South Africa after having claimed two prestigious national titles last year. Sparks grew up riding and hunting on the rolling hills surrounding Swinburne. His family owned most of this farmland, as well as the village itself, until his grandmother sold it off following her husband’s death. In the late 1990’s, Sparks bought back his first plot of this land, a 1,8ha smallholding called Mount Olive Stables, where he kept his beloved Arabian horses. Over the years he gradually acquired additional pieces of the farmland, and today […]
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