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Determining the morphological structure of indigenous chickens using multivariate principal component analysis of body measurements

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
B.N. Vilakazi, C.N. Ncobela, N.W. Kunene & F. Panella Page: 69 - 75

The study was conducted to predict body weight from linear body measurements of indigenous non-descript chickens using principal component analysis (PCA). Linear body measurements for body weight (BW), body length (BoL), back length (BaL), neck length (NL), breast circumference (BrC),…

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Basic factors influencing lamb mortality under low input production systems in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
S. Mthi, J.M. Rust, C.T. Mpendulo, V. Muchenje, W.J. Goosen & Z. Mbathsa Page: 60 - 68

A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess incidences of lamb mortality in low input farming systems in the Eastern Cape province. Four villages (Ndakana, Kwa-Masele, Qhugqwala and Ndindwa) and 18 households were selected. Data was collected from 399 lambing records…

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An investigation of factors influencing synchronization response, conception and calving rate of communal cows in Limpopo Province, South Africa

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
Z.C. Raphalalani, T.L. Nedambale, N.B. Nengovhela & K.A. Nephawe Page: 13 - 22

A study was designed to assess factors affecting response to oestrus synchronization, conception and calving rate of communal cows following timed artificial insemination (AI) in Limpopo province, South Africa. A total of 140 cows were selected from communal villages based…

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Indigenous goat production on Kikuyu in South Africa

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
S.D. Househam & K.P. Kirkman Page: 1 - 12

This study investigated indigenous goat production on Kikuyu at Cedara Research Station, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Three stocking rates were used (30, 45 and 60 goats/ha) to evaluate goat production on kikuyu. Does with kids grazed kikuyu for a total of…

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Beef cattle production performance and farmer profile in a communal environment of the Eastern Cape Province

  • 2019
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 12
T Rust, JM Rust, NS Nongauza, CH de Ridder, NA Faku, S Moss & M Mpahla Page: 1 - 10

The study was conducted in Gwaba village, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Eastern Cape Province. The study provides information that can be utilized to track change over time with respect to the livelihood status, livestock asset ownership and the production and…

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To twin or not to twin

  • 2018
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 11
L. Pienaar, M.M. Scholtz & K.A. Nephawe Page: 68 - 75

Successful reproduction of a cow-calf production system is the corner stone for biological and economical efficiencies. Cattle evaluations have focused mainly on production traits and consequently genetic improvement on reproductive traits through the use of selection tools is limited. Twinning…

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Stratified cattle production in pastoral areas of Kenya: Existing forms, driving factors and management practices

  • 2018
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 11
Bulle Hallo Dabasso, Oliver Vivian Wasonga, Patrick Irungu & Brigitte Kaufmann Page: 22 - 33

Seasonal fluctuations in forage availability in African drylands significantly affect the body condition of pastoral livestock. The result is lean animals that, besides falling short of market requirements, often fetch low prices for producers. In Kenya’s pastoral areas, stratified cattle…

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Women’s participation in livestock activities under small-scale farming system in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

  • 2018
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 11
S. Mthi, N. Nyangiwe, R. Menhas, A. Mushunje & I.D. Ighodaro Page: 14 - 21

Women play an important role in livestock production and their contribution remain un-recognized by researchers and policy makers. The study was conducted to investigate the participation of women in livestock production activities at two district municipalities of the Eastern Cape.…

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