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Survival of Holstein-Friesian heifers on commercial dairy farms in Kenya

  • 2009
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 2
D.K. Menjo, B.O. Bebe, A.M. Okeyo and J.M.K. Ojango Page: 14 - 17

Herd health and adaptability are of concern in dairy herds in the tropics because of persistent exposure to multiple stresses of low quality and quantity feeding, heat stress, high disease and parasitic incidences, poor husbandry and breeding practices. The combined…

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Estimation of live body weight from the heart girth measurement in KwaZulu-Natal goats

  • 2009
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 2
J.F. de Villiers, S.T. Gcumisa, S.A. Gumede, S.P. Thusi, T.J. Dugmore, M. Cole, J.F. du Toit, A.F. Vatta and C. Stevens Page: 1 - 8

This study was conducted to determine if heart girth measurements can be used effectively in the prediction of live body weights of goats in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), and to assist in developing a heart girth measuring tape. This is especially aimed…

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Goat farming in South Africa: Findings of a national livestock survey

  • 2009
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 2
J. Bester, K.A. Ramsay and M.M. Scholtz Page: 9 - 13

During a national livestock survey held in 2003 under the FAO/UNDP/SADC Project RAF/97/032, a total of 892 goat keepers completed questionnaires covering aspects of management and production. The majority of the keepers came from the communal farming areas (892), with…

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Characterisation of production systems for indigenous chicken genetic resources of South Africa

  • 2009
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 2
B.J. Mtileni, F.C. Muchadeyi, A. Maiwashe, P.M. Phitsane, T.E. Halimani, M. Chimonyo and K. Dzama Page: 18 - 22

Indigenous chicken production systems were studied in Limpopo, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa. Semi-structured questionnaires were administered to 137 households in the three provinces. The study showed that a small proportion of the households (9.8%) derive…

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