Livestock

Keep your goats busy

May 16, 2018

The Devil makes work for idle hands, goes the saying, undoubtedly made up to apply to naughty humans, but which could just as easily have been made up about goats. South African smallholders are likely to roll their eyes at the idea of providing “intellectual” or physical stimulation for their livestock. But the one topic […]

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Fat ponies and equine metabolic syndrome

May 16, 2018

Many horsemen and women grew up with the idea that ponies should look like “Thelwell ponies” ~ round and fat. However, studies show that a fat pony might be an unhealthy pony. If most of the fat is laid down in the abdomen and the pony shows a tendency to have laminitis, the pony might […]

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Ins and outs of livestock auctioning

April 16, 2018

Smallholders who want to sell a few of their farm animals have various options. They can advertise them in the livestock section of the SA Small Farmers’ Online Exchange, www.sasfox.co.za, and conduct a private sale. In this case the seller needs to state a price wanted for the animal, and perhaps be prepared to haggle […]

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