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    Sheep farming made easy – Part 17: Slatted floors, gates and wool equipment

    The sheep farming series comes to an end. In our last edition, we discuss a few odd topics like slatted floors, gates and wool tables, bins and presses. We thank the ARC Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on sheep production and facilities available to the readers of ProAgri Zambia. Slatted floors […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy- Part 16: Fences

    Five types of fences are used in sheep production. In this edition each of these types of fences will be discussed and examples of typical constructions and construction materials will be given. This is however not the alpha and omega as other requirements than those discussed here are also possible. We thank the ARC Agricultural […] More

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    Precision farming gives Merino breeder 100% live lambs

    The success of a sheep famer depends on the percentage of lambs which goes to the market eventually in relation to the number of ewes which dropped them. A farmer already has a continuous fight against drought, vermin and crime – he cannot afford not to ensure that there is a 100% lambing percentage. “So […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    Part 15: General equipment: Water, feed and shade The welfare of your sheep depends mostly on the obvious, like sufficient water, feed and shading. When putting in some effort and care in designing these sources properly, most of your basic and day to day problems will disappear. We thank the ARC Agricultural Engineering in South […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy – Part 13: Layout of handling complexes and shearing sheds

    During the shearing season, the shearing shed is a busy place. Frustration levels can easily run high when things don’t go according to plan. A farmer is therefore obliged to design the shearing complex with every possible factor in mind. We thank the ARC – Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    Zambia is a paradise for a wide variety of external parasites. Dipping your animals in this environment is crucial if you want to continue farming. We thank the ARC – Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on sheep production and facilities available to the readers of ProAgri Zambia. Two different opinions exist […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    Clearly defined pens for every purpose or operation makes farming so much easier and enjoyable. But keep in mind that animals staying in an enclosed area offer many challenges. It is sensible to place your animal pens downwind and in such a position in relation to the housing and feed processing area that odours and […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy – Part 10: Handling systems

    The sheep handling facility consists of ramps, pens and scales. A practical approach is the secret in designing the facility and even aspects such as sheep behaviour should be considered. This month we look at fixed, adaptable and mobile loading ramps. We thank the ARC Institute for Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    A suitable way to discuss feed storage methods is by way of descriptive illustrations. This month we give a visual representation of the methods of storing sheep feed, as well as feed distribution and provisioning. We thank the ARC Institute for Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on sheep production and facilities […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    Animal feed is very sensitive to contamination and can easily go off when care is not taken in the storing and mixing process. Insects, microbes, plant rests, but also crop chemicals, can cause livestock losses. Therefore, the feed processing area will have a significant influence on the choice of the sheep handling site. We thank […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    Animal waste is not something exciting to monitor on a regular basis. It can therefore easily accrue to unmanageable levels before anyone notices. This month we look at different methods to handle sheep waste. We thank the ARC Institute for Agricultural Engineering in South Africa who made their manual on sheep production and facilities available […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    The value of animal waste is grossly underestimated. In Europe, animal waste was intensively used as fertiliser before the Second World War. The advent of reasonably cheap, inorganic fertiliser as a by-product of the production of explosives, diminished the use of animal waste. In the current world situation of expensive commercial fertilisers, the attention is […] More

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