Testimonials

Piet van der Linde

Posted by on Jan 17th, 2020 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Piet van der Linde

With the NoseRings I don’t even know I am weaning, so easy and laid-back everything goes. I keep the weanlings with their mothers for about a week before I take them away without too much weaning shock. Ideally, I then keep the bull calves separate from the heifer calves. The type of season will determine exactly how long I keep the bull calves, but the aim is to keep them until August, when there are very few other calves in the market. This is when the prices are usually significantly higher than in April or May, when most calves are in the market.

Piet van der Linde of Tweefontein in the Vryburg area

Owen Taute

Posted by on Jan 17th, 2020 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Owen Taute

During good seasons I sell my bull calves directly from their mothers at around 8 months of age and keep about 90% of my heifers. These heifers I wean in the cow herd with NoseRings. This reduces my management considerably, as I don’t have to provide for a separate herd. When, however, it is a difficult year and I want to wean early to help the cows, I wean the whole lot but keep them in the herd for a good 6 weeks. Only then I take the bull calves away.

Owen Taute of the farm Grysrand in the Vryburg area

JD van der Vyver

Posted by on Jan 17th, 2020 in Testimonials | Comments Off on JD van der Vyver

If you want to, for example, wean a first calver’s calf a little earlier to give the mother a bit of a break, you just apply a NoseRing and leave the calf with its mother. In addition, the NoseRing gives you the flexibility to further wean selectively according to birth date. Over a calving season of three months, there is a huge difference between the first calves and the last ones. The NoseRing makes it possible for the last calves to also reach the ideal weaning weight.

My experience is that you don’t have any weight loss during weaning with the NoseRing on the one hand, and on the other, that you have the flexibility to increase your profits in some years by not having to sell your calves when the market is flooded by other sellers. I am very excited about the NoseRing.

JD van der Vyver farms on Brandwag in the Vryburg district.

Dr. Dieter Nischk BVSc – Kokstad Veterinary Clinic

Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2013 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Dr. Dieter Nischk BVSc – Kokstad Veterinary Clinic

I have used the NoseRings® for weaning my calves since 1998. Many of my beef farmer clients use them too. I have found this method the least stressful of all weaning techniques. The weaners and the cows are not stressed at all. In fact, the weaners have weaned approximately 20 to 25 kgs heavier and the mothers have not lost any weight during the weaning process. 

During the traditional separation techniques of weaning, the weaners are locked up or weaned across a fence. The weaners bellow and run up and down the fences, as do their mothers. This process takes up to five days to complete. During this period the weaners lose weight as do their mothers – an estimated 30 to 40 kgs weight loss in the mothers and a 20 to 25 kg loss in the weaners. If this process happens during inclement weather, I have losses of weaners due to pasteurella pneumonia due to stress. The NoseRings®, if used correctly, are definitely far superior to the nose-plate method and in my opinion are in no way cruel or stressful. Beef farmers have reported back that they were very pleased with their results and confirmed my findings.

Dr. FA Malan BVSc – Vryburg Dierehospitaal

Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2013 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Dr. FA Malan BVSc – Vryburg Dierehospitaal

I am very impressed by the NoseRings® since I have started to use them. They definitely make weaning easier for calf and mother. I can also state that no harmful effects of any kind whatsoever were detected and I use them in my own herd. I agree that they must be fitted properly and care should be taken in doing so. 

Dr. Karl Aadnesgaard BVSc – Zululand Veterinary Hospital, Empangeni

Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2013 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Dr. Karl Aadnesgaard BVSc – Zululand Veterinary Hospital, Empangeni

I can’t tell you how happy we were with NoseRings® on our weaners this year. Sure, a few fell out and were lost, however our calves suffered no sores and were infinitely happier without the weaning stress. A huge bonus for us was a significant reduction in losses due to lantana poisoning. Historically, we’ve lost four or five calves per annum, immediately post weaning, despite trying to keep them in lantana free camps. This year we had two mild cases that required no treatment apart from access to molasses, with no losses at all. 

Early weaning while green grass is still available was made possible through NoseRing®usage, staggering the groups of calves to be weaned. The companionship/guidance of the mother no doubt also played a role in avoidance of lantana and made the predicted difference to weight maintenance through winter. While a single year’s use is not enough for categorical statements, we were certainly encouraged and will definitely be using them next year. As a veterinarian, if I thought they were in the slightest bit inhumane, I wouldn’t use them. On the contrary, I recommend them unreservedly to my clients. 

Dr. MG Vosser BVSc – Stella

Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2013 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Dr. MG Vosser BVSc – Stella

Ek het self Afrikanerkalwers gespeen met die NeusRinge® en het geen nadelige effekte ondervind. Koeie en kalwers was rustig en kalwers het goed gegroei. Ek verkoop heelwat NeusRinge® aan ekstensiewe beesboere en die wat dit gebruik speen nou op geen ander manier. 

Trish Oglesby, TOJO Ranching – Kwazulu Natal

Posted by on Jul 3rd, 2013 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Trish Oglesby, TOJO Ranching – Kwazulu Natal

Overall, we were very impressed with the NoseRings® and will continue to use them as our only method of weaning. Another advantage to the farmer is a decreased cost of fence repair as there are no longer calves pushing through fences to get back to their mothers and visa versa. Not to mention the sleepless nights due to the noise created. 
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