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Van Wyksdorp Klein Karoo South Africa 2015 (1)
Publication Date : 2015-05-03
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NGUNI CATTLE FARMING IN THE KAROO


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If you’ve ever dreamed of a farm in the Karoo, and better still, one that allowed you plenty of leisure, family time and long cups of coffee on the stoep, consider Nguni cattle. Most of the cows have daunting sicklemoon horns, their defence against predators. Even the legendary super-jackals would think twice before tackling such a protective, well-armed mother. There are plenty of calves – and that’s the main advantage of owning Ngunis. They are far more fertile than any other breed. And because they haven’t been bred to have unnaturally large rumps, they give birth quickly and easily.

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Van Wyksdorp Klein Karoo South Africa 2015 (1)
Publication Date : 2015-05-02
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Fossils of the Karoo


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Not only did James Kitching find thousands of important pre-dinosaur fossils from more than 250-million years ago, but he also helped prove the theory of continental drift: that southern Africa was once part of a much larger land mass that included Antarctica, parts of the Americas and Australia. James Kitching is celebrated in Nieu Bethesda and in a University of the Witwatersrand gallery, amog other places.


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Van Wyksdorp Klein Karoo South Africa 2015 (1)
Publication Date : 2015-05-02
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PROTECTING YOUR KAROO SHEEP - NON LETHAL OPTIONS

 


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“Call and shoot” hunting (which has been prohibited in the past), as well as night hunts with the use of artificial lights, gin traps (which kill 20 non-target species for every target predator killed, and are banned in over 90 countries), trap cages, trained hound packs, and helicopters are now sanctioned methods of killing. Thankfully, farmers have recently agreed to cease using poison. According to research by the Landmark Foundation, alternative methods of predator management have proven to be more effective and significantly less expensive.


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Publication Date : 2015-05-02
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THE ICONIC DONKEY CARTS OF VANWYKSDORP


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In South Africa, donkeys only seem to be used with carts of Type A and wagons of Type B. Although of course Type C carts are common enough in other parts of Africa, including Mozambique, the only Type C carts I have seen in South Africa were in a couple of pictures from NorthWest Province, where apparently they were meant for horse draft, and in a poster on the wall of my local Department of Labour (picture here), but also housed at the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Studies, Onderstepoort campus, as an example (also pictured) of the type developed in Kenya by the Development Technology Unit of the University of Warwick in the UK - esceo@eng.warwick.ac.uk. It seems that this was not approved by the South African Department of Transport. This could be because, unlike most South African carts, it does not have a seat for a driver.


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