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Affordable water troughs for small stock

Farmers often tend to focus on providing quality feed and overlook the importance of water in a ruminant’s diet. With sheep, the voluntary consumption of water is two to three times the intake of dry matter. The daily water intake of sheep can be 12 times greater in summer than in winter. When shade is provided, goats consume less water ... Read More »

I love small stock farming-Schutte

  In the Southern part of Botswana in the Barolong District lies the “infamous” small village called Metlojane. There is nothing much happening in this village that may grab people’s attention to the village. Like in most villages in the country, Metlojane is a remote area without much development such as electricity, infrastructure and others. However, it is in the ... Read More »

Truth about grain: Feeding grain to small ruminants

Some producers feed a  lot  of grain to their livestock, while others do not feed any grain   at   all.   Obviously,   forage i.e. pasture, range, browse and hay is the most natural diet for goats, sheep and steer ruminant animals. Ruminants are less likely to experience digestive problems if they are consuming high forage diets. The purpose of feeding grain, commercial ... Read More »

The reigning husband and wife team

They are young and passionate about what they do, that is breeding Brahmans and Boer goats. This is the husband and wife team of Darryl and Kedi van der Westhuizen (26 and 25 years of age respectively). A couple that refused to be swayed by the surface glitter of city life to go for something they truly loved in one ... Read More »

The economic value of a boergoat

  Economical farming implies profitable farming. In other words, the more profit you make out of your farming enterprise, the more economical and profitable it is. The livelihood of the farmer thus depends on his farming with that animal or crop which will ensure that he receives the highest possible yield and profit in the climatic and soil conditions applicable ... Read More »

Kweneng farmer’s day

Kweneng Small Stock Farmer Association will be holding a field day on August 26 and 27. The event will feature presentations on small stock diseases, small stock feeds, small stock management, stud breeding among others. On the 26th (Friday) there will be feed mixing and mineral block making demonstrations while on the 27th there will be a small stock exhibition ... Read More »

The economic value of a Boer goat

Economical farming implies profitable farming. In other words, the more profit you make out of your farming enterprise, the more economical and profitable it is. The livelihood of the farmer thus depends on his farming with that animal or crop which will ensure that he receives the highest possible yield and profit in the climatic and soil conditions applicable to ... Read More »