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    Wol: Van ’n grot in die Oos-Kaap tot lingerie-modehuise in Europa

    “Die groot Europese wolkopers, hou van my fynwol, want hulle kan dit aan die modehuise in Europa aanbied vir sagte onderklere,” sê Piet Steyn van “The Caves” by Barkly-Oos. Oom Piet teel en voer sy Rubicon fynwol-Merino’s met die doelwit om wol van 17 mikron en nog fyner te lewer. Hoe fyner en skoner die […] More

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    Meesterlike ooibestuur: Molatek Wolmeester maak wenwins vir wakker boere

    Medewerker: Jan Greyling Gelukkige, tevrede ooie beteken goeie lam- en speenpersentasies. Goeie lammers verseker weer volhoubare vleis- en wolwinsgewendheid. Vermeng met ՚n skaapteler se eie of ingekoopte graan, bly Molatek se smaaklike Wolmeester Proteïenkonsentraat ՚n suksesvennoot. Tussen die golwende Overberg Rûens, net buite Napier, tussen Bredasdorp en Caledon, is samewerking tussen JC Vollgraaff van Molatek […] More

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    Swakara sheep: Turn pelts into profits

    Swakara was coined as a brand name by the Karakul farmers of the then South West Africa, now Namibia, and South Africa, as their Karakul sheep had specific characteristics that those from other parts of the world did not have. Karakul sheep are multi-purpose animals originating from the dry regions of Central Asia. Since the […] More

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    Sheep-scab: Save one sheep to save many

    Sheep-scab is a condition in sheep caused by infestation with a particular type of mite (Psoroptes ovis, known as the sheep-scab mite). This mite is a very small, wingless parasite that you can barely see with the naked eye, and then only properly under a magnifying glass or a microscope. Sheep-scab is also known as […] More

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    Prevent losses: Vaccinate to keep bluetongue away

    A wide-awake farmer will know immediately if a disease is creeping into his sheep shed. By knowing the symptoms, he will be able to take proper corrective steps immediately. However, a brilliant farmer will vaccinate his animals beforehand against known diseases such as bluetongue, before any stress or losses can occur. We thank the Department […] 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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    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 physiological impact of the number of daylight hours on a sheep is remarkable. It has a proven influence on the weight gain of sheep. This can be managed by the type of housing you provide for your sheep. We thank the ARC Institute for Agricultural Engineering in South Africa who made their manual on […] More

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    Sheep farming made easy

    Sheep production is becoming more popular in Zambia and the prices of small stock are increasing at livestock auctions. This month we start with a brand new series, taking an in-depth look at everything about sheep farming. We thank the ARC Institute for Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on sheep production […] More

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    Sheep production: Choose the right breed for your production system

    In the competitive agricultural landscape, the intensive management of your sheep production system may mean the difference between simply surviving and earning money. The following series of articles are based on the Sheep Facilities Manual of the ARC Institute for Agricultural Engineering in South Africa. In this issue we discuss the choice of breed depending […] More

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    Goats and sheep surprise at Stanbic Bank Bull sale

    An auction is one of those dates of a livestock farmer’s schedule that is circled in red on his calendar. Attendance is crucial and an added bonus is if he can take his wife and kids with to the big city, because contact with other people is still precious if you live in the countryside. […] More