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Game

The game industry has grown in leaps and bounds during the last few decades. From the humble beginnings in May 1975 when the first wildlife auction was held, it has grown to a multi-billion Rand industry surpassing more established livestock industries in terms of turn-over to have value of around R20 billion.

The success of a game farmer is closely tied to certain parameters that must be reached or fulfilled. These factors are broadly broken down into 3 main areas of concern:

  1. Reproduction – Lamb / calf each year
  2. Feed efficiency – Optimal utilization of available veld and resources
  3. General health

A game farmer is confronted with certain challenges and problems since animals are kept on smaller tracts of land and sometimes in camps and that game farming has intensified in the last decade.

The problems faced are broken down into the following categories:

  1. Environment – Stress
  2. Health / Fertility – Feed quality
  3. Production – Feed efficiency and risk of acidosis

Environment

Environment

Production

Production

Health

Health

fertility

Fertility