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Available volumes for Applied Animal Husbandry & Rural Development since 2008

Available volumes (1-8) for SA Anim Sci from 2000 to 2007

A critical analyses of cow-calf efficiency in extensive beef production systems

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 9
M.M. Scholtz, M.C. Mokolobate, F.J. Jordaan, F.W.C. Neser & A. Theunissen Page: 11 - 20

Numerous factors affect cow efficiency, but the most important one is reproductive performance. Increased productivity generates less greenhouse gas emission per unit of product and this article gives an overview of breeding objectives, appropriate selection criteria and crossbreeding strategies to…

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Sources of information for small-holder cattle farmers in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West Province, South Africa

  • 2015
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 8
D.M. Motiang & E.C. Webb Page: 26 - 33

The purpose of this paper was to identify sources of information used by small-holder cattle enterprises and evaluate their influence on productivity of those enterprises. Results showed that public extension is the main (85-87%) source of information for small-holder cattle…

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The effect of epigenetic changes on animal production

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 7
M.M. Scholtz, J.P. van Zyl & A Theunissen Page: 7 - 10

All alterations in DNA function, without alterations in DNA sequence, are referred to as epigenetics. It is associated with gene expression and the expression of different phenotypes (appearance). These modifications are influenced by environmental factors and can be transferred to…

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Crossbreeding with a Bonsmara dam line

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 7
A. Theunissen, M.M. Scholtz, F.W.C. Neser & M.D. MacNeil Page: 17 - 21

Data from a crossbreeding trail in South Africa which involved the Bonsmara (Bo) as dam line and the Simmentaler (S), Brahman (Br), Charolais (C) and Herefords (H) as sire lines were used to estimate the additive and non-additive effects for…

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Ways to reduce the environmental impact of dairy farming

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 7
C.J.C. Muller & M.M. Scholtz Page: 31 - 37

The image of dairy farming systems is increasingly being scrutinized by welfare organizations, activist groups and the public with intensive systems getting the most attention. So-called factory farms are being regarded by the public as not ideal for the production…

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