Whether you’re a farmer, livestock transporter, or simply curious about what it takes to move animals from pastures to market, in this edition of Farmer’s Inside Track we share valuable advice to transport livestock safely.
In the episode, Tshepiso Madiga, a livestock farmer specialising in animal production and stud breeding, shares how he goes about loading, transporting and offloading his livestock.
According to him, the transporting bakkie must have mesh sheet rails. Also, trailers or trucks must have a mesh sheet on the floor to prevent livestock from slipping.
“Depending on the type of farmer that you are, vehicle accessories such as cattle rails also come in handy,” Madiga explains.
A wealth of information regarding the penning of livestock and legalities around the moving of animals is also shared in this episode.
Documents and livestock penning
Madiga also explains how their penning process works and how farmers or transporters can prioritise the animal’s health.
“[On our farm], we ensure that every pen has access to unlimited water and food. We also separate the animals by sex, each pen will have male animals and another pen will have females.”
In this episode, Madiga also discusses:
- The importance of knowing when to move your livestock;
- Restraining livestock (legalities) and documentation; and
- Checklist to follow.
Catching up with a #SoilSista
The episode also features this week’s #SoilSista, Bridget Motswasele. The vegetable farmer shares her story about falling in love with agriculture and her role in making a difference in the sector.
Want to know more? Listen to the full episode of Farmer’s Inside Track.
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