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The impact of covid-19 and coping strategies used by small-scale farmers: A case study of Buffalo City Metropolitan, Amathole and O.R Tambo – District Municipalities of the Eastern Cape

  • 2022
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 15
S. Tokozwayo, T. Thubela, U. Gulwa, S. Mthi, M. Gxasheka, W. Masiza, N. Jokani, N. Mgujulwa, A. Sogoni & N. Mtamzeli-Cekiso Page: 32 - 40

Tokozwayo, 2022 Vol 15 (1)Tokozwayo, 2022 Vol 15 (1)Tokozwayo, 2022 Vol 15 (1)Livestock farming plays a vital role in food supply, job creation, promoting economic transformation and financial capital. Covid-19 pandemic negatively influenced livestock production through reduced access to markets,…

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Socio-economic and technical characteristics of donkeys in the far northern region of Cameroon

  • 2022
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 15
C.L. Nguekeng, T.B.A. Hako, J.S. Motsa’a, A.N. Tangomo, F.A. Fonteh & C.T. Keambou Page: 19 - 31

The Socio-economic and technical characteristics of donkey farming were carried out in 3 locations (Bogo, Gazawa and Zamaï respectively) of the far northern region of Cameroon. Hence, 149 farmers were sampled through a survey using a semi-structured questionnaire. From the…

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Evaluation of biosecurity practices in smallholder pig production systems in Midvaal Local Municipality, Gauteng Province

  • 2022
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 15
S. Maoba, B. Manyakanyaka & P.A. Mamaregane Page: 1 - 9

Prevention and control of diseases should be prioritized to boost production efficiency and avert the collapse of pig enterprises. The application of biosecurity measures encompasses all aspects of preventing pathogens from entering and spreading within a population of animals. The…

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Seasonal variation in nutritive value of four browse species used by smallholder farmers for livestock in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

  • 2021
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 14
S. Mthi, J.M. Rust, S. Washaya, D.D. Washaya, T.L. Morgenthal & B. Sondzaba Page: 40 - 49

The use of browse plants as livestock feed during the dry season can improve deficiency of certain nutrients and sustain livestock production under small-scale farming system. This study was conducted to investigate the seasonal variation of nutrients of four browse…

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Socioeconomic and productive characteristics of indigenous pig farming in Cameroon

  • 2021
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 14
J.S. Motsa’a, H.F. Defang, T.B.A. Hako, E.T. Ojong, K.H. Mube, C.L Nguekem, Z.P.D, Tagning, M. Mouchili & T.C. Keambou Page: 32 - 39

The present study was conducted in other to describe the socioeconomic characteristics of indigenous pig farmers in Cameroon, as well as the management techniques of their pig herds. A total of 127 indigenous pig farmers were randomly selected from four…

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Socio-economic, technical characteristics and challenges in indigenous (taurine-type cattle) beef production in Cameroon

  • 2021
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 14
E.T. Ojong, P.M. Oben, T.B.A. Hako, K.A. Etchu, J.S. Motsa’a, N.N. Wozerou & T.C. Keambou Page: 9 - 21

The study evaluated the socio-economic, production parameters and challenges facing Cameroon taurine cattle farmers in ten regions of Cameroon. A single-visit using the multiple-subject survey method was carried out by face-to-face interviews using structured questionnaires. A total of 175 farmers…

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Productivity gap between commercial farmers and potential emerging farmers in South Africa: Implications for land redistribution policy

  • 2021
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 14
S. Zantsi, K. Cloete & A. Möhring Page: 22 - 31

A common feature of South African agriculture is its dualistic nature showing wide differences in production levels. For the purpose of land redistribution, existing studies do not provide much detail, because they compare smallholders in general, but not the commercially…

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Evaluation of communal rangeland condition under the East Griqualand veld type of Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

  • 2021
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 14
S. Tokozwayo, T. Thubela, S. Mthi, N. Nyangiwe, T.L. Khetani, U. Gulwa, S. Goni, M. Jansen, L. Qokweni & B. Guza Page: 1 - 8

Rangeland condition is defined as the state of health of rangeland in terms of species diversity and the potential for producing good quality forage for livestock. However, these rangelands are gradually declining due to poor resource management, land degradation and…

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Availability of agro-industrial by-product in the Cape provinces of South Africa and a review on their potential uses in animal feed

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
R.S. Thomas, I.M.M. Malebana, T.D.E. Mpanza, T. Langa & B.D. Nkosi Page: 76 - 88

The objective of the study was to identify and quantify available agro-industrial by-products (AIB) that can be used by the resource-poor livestock farmers (RPLF) residing in the three Cape provinces of South Africa; the provinces are the Western Cape, Eastern…

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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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