ABOUT US

We are a young company based in Phakalane Industrial, which has set our sights on assisting the farmers of Botswana. Not only by supplying you with top grade products, but by investing our time and expertise into helping you make your farming enterprise a success. We hope to achieve this by educating you as best we can to have a viable and sustainable animal farming career. Catering to farmers both big and small, we would like to be your one stop animal feed shop.

OUR VISION


We value our customer’s needs and strive to do everything we possibly can to supply them with top quality, affordable feeds. Our aim is to eliminate the supposed value chain and cut out the middle man as far as possible. We are working closely with a qualified animal nutritionist as well as an Animal Scientist, to ensure that we supply the best nutritional value for our customer’s animals.

If needed we are ready to assist with custom feed formulations, as we understand that there are various factors to consider when implementing a feeding plan. Furthermore, we are planning to host quarterly seminars for the farmers. These seminars will include a nutritionist, veterinary specialist and other qualified/ experienced persons to educate the farmers with information on how to care for their animals correctly.

Rizocore  Botswana, being a newly established business, works closely with our Mother Company Rizocore SA. This enables us to keep a healthy supply of A-grade Lucerne in stock, as we are supplied directly from the farm which is situated in the Bon Accord area ,Pretoria, South Africa.

 

 

PRODUCTS

Lucerne

Alfalfa /ælˈfælfə/Medicago sativa, also called Lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. It is used for grazinghay, and silage. The name alfalfa is used in North America. The name Lucerne is the more commonly used name in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. It superficially resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers followed by fruits spiraled in 2 to 3 turns containing 10–20 seeds. Alfalfa is native too warmer temperate climates. It has been cultivated as livestock fodder since at least the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans

History

Alfalfa seems to have originated in south-central Asia, and was first cultivated in ancient Iran.[4][5] According to Pliny (died 79 AD), it was introduced to Greece in about 490 BC when the Persians invaded Greek territory. Alfalfa cultivation is discussed in the fourth-century AD book Opus Agriculturae by Palladius, stating: “One sow-down lasts ten years. The crop may be cut four or six times a year … A jugerum of it is abundantly sufficient for three horses all the year … It may be given to cattle, but new provender is at first to be administered very sparingly, because it bloats up the cattle.”[6] Pliny and Palladius called alfalfa in Latin medica, a name that referred to the Medes, a people who lived in ancient Iran. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed, probably correctly, that alfalfa came from the Medes’ land, in today’s Iran. (The ancient Greeks and Romans also used the name medica to mean a citron fruit, once again because it was believed to have come from the Medes’ land). This name is the root of the modern scientific name for the alfalfa genus, Medicago.

The medieval Arabic agricultural writer Ibn al-‘Awwam, who lived in Spain in the later 12th century, discussed how to cultivate alfalfa, which he called الفصفصة (al-fiṣfiṣa).[7] A 13th-century general-purpose Arabic dictionary, Lisān al-‘Arab, says that alfalfa is cultivated as an animal feed and consumed in both fresh and dried forms.[8] It is from the Arabic that the Spanish name alfalfa was derived.[9]

In the 16th century, Spanish colonizers introduced alfalfa to the Americas as fodder for their horses. They were aware that alfalfa is better than grass as food for working horses (horses had more energy).

Alfalfa seeds were imported to California from Chile in the 1850s. That was the beginning a rapid and extensive introduction of the crop over the western US States[4] and introduced the word “alfalfa” to the English language. In the North American colonies of the eastern US in the 18th century, it was called “Lucerne”, and many trials at growing it were made, but generally without sufficiently successful results.[5] Relatively little alfalfa is grown in the southeastern United States today.[10] Lucerne (or Luzerne) is the name for alfalfa in Britain, Australia, France, Germany, and a number of other countries. Since North and South America now produce a large part of the world’s output, the word “alfalfa” has been slowly entering other languages.

Ecology

Alfalfa is a perennial forage legume which normally lives four to eight years, but can live more than 20 years, depending on variety and climate.[11] The plant grows to a height of up to 1 m (3.3 ft), and has a deep root system, sometimes growing to a depth of more than 15 m (49 ft) to reach groundwater. Typically, the root system grows to a depth of 2–3 meters depending on subsoil constraints.[11]This depth of root system and perenniality of crowns that store carbohydrates as an energy reserve, makes it very resilient, especially to droughts. Alfalfa is more drought hardy than drought tolerant and the persistence of the plant will also depend on the management of the stand.[11] It has a tetraploid genome.[12]

Alfalfa is a small-seeded crop, and has a slowly growing seedling, but after several months of establishment, forms a tough “crown” at the top of the root system. This crown contains shoot buds that enable alfalfa to regrow many times after being grazed or harvested, however overgrazing of the buds will reduce the new leaves on offer to the grazing animal.

Alfalfa is rich in chlorophyll, carotene, proteincalcium and other minerals, vitamins in the B groupvitamin Cvitamin Dvitamin E, and vitamin K.[104][105][106] The sun-dried hay of alfalfa has been found to be a source of vitamin D, containing 48 ng/g (1920 IU/kg) vitamin D2 and 0.63 ng/g (25 IU/kg) vitamin D3

Dairy 19%

This is a complete dairy feed with a 19% protein content.  It helps to keep animals in condition while also allowing for high production rates. Feed 400-500 g/kg milk production. This feed contains a NPN source. Feed strictly according to instructions.

This farm feed must be protected from rain. NPN is soluble and animals drinking such a solution could be poisoned. Vinegar is an effective remedy against NPN poisoning. Mix with equal amount of water. Dose half a bottle per calf/large sheep or 2-4 bottles per head of cattle.

Calf Performer Pellets

This feed helps to accommodate the transition from a milk diet to a grass diet. It limits weaning shock and prevents excessive loss of weight after weaning in beef and dairy breed calves.

Protein sources contain of good amino acid composition to assist with development of the rumen. Calf Performer also contains nutrients that facilitate the full development of the rumen.

Calf performer can be fed to weaning bulls in order to determine differences in genetic potential by monitoring growth. This product is formulated to achieve frame and skeletal growth, without adding excessive fat.

Intake of 800 to 2 kg per animal per day.

Feed contains 20% Protein, 0.85 % calcium and 0.6 % phosphate.

Calf Grower Pellets

This feed is designed for growing and finishing young cattle in a feedlot situation, supplementing pasture, or feeding during conditions of pasture shortage.

Optimum balance of energy and protein sources, the latter being 16%. Calf grower contains ample nutrients for rapid growth in a variety of production situations.

Attention to detail and access to a continuous supply of good quality feed and cool, clean water is essential for maximizing feed intake, minimizing digestive upsets and optimizing production efficiency.

Complete Cattle Feed Meal

Also branded as Botswana, this is a very popular product. It is a very well balanced complete cattle feed, ideal for use in a feedlot setup. It can also be used in times of drought or when grazing is scars.

During the first week additional roughage must be fed to facilitate adaption. This farm feed must be fed ad lib. Ensure that the feed troughs are always full.

This farm feed must be protected from rain. NPN is soluble and animals drinking such a solution could be poisoned. Vinegar is an effective remedy against NPN poisoning. Mix with equal amount of water. Dose half a bottle per calf/large sheep or 2-4 bottles per head of cattle.

Cattle Booster

This product is formulated to facilitate fattening and finishing of animals on natural grazing. The better the quality of the grazing, the better the expected growth.

Weaners, oxen, cows and bulls selected to be sold can be finished in grazing paddocks. Breeding Animals can be finished for production auctions on the field. Breeding bulls can be conditioned for the breeding season. The feed can also be used for flush feeding of female animals before the start of the breeding season.

It is recommended to feed 1-4kg per animal per day.

This product contains 18 % Protein, 0.85 % calcium and 0.6 % phosphate.

Winter Lick

This is a supplement and not a feed. Sufficient grazing and/ or roughage must be available at all times. Keep lick troughs filled and prevent gluttonous eating by hungry animals. A constant daily intake can help prevent poisoning. Before feeding a NPN containing lick, feed an ordinary salt/ phosphate lick at least 7 days.

Recommended intake for cattle is approximately 400g/head/day. For sheep you can feed 90g/head/day.

Pig Growing Meal

Fast-growing pigs that will produce a good-quality carcass with a high meat and low fat percentage, can be fed as much as they will eat. Dry meal fed in an efficient self-feeder must therefore be available to the pigs at all times.

They should also maintain maximum intake to ensure quick growth so that they can reach a marketable weight as soon as possible.

Fresh clean water must be available at all times. Keep feed and water as far apart as possible to prevent the feed becoming wet.

Feed ad lib from 23kg up to 65kg live weight or until marketing.

Goat Pellets

Note that goats have a high fiber needs and are more sensitive towards rations containing high levels of starch. This product is balanced for optimal body condition. It can help build strong kids into healthy goats or maintain ewes and rams. Quality, nutritious ingredients make up this formula for advanced nutrition. Highly palatable with a 15%protein content.

Never make big changes in the way you feed a goat all at once, or feed large quantities of a new food that the goat has never had before, if you do this, you can throw off the bacteria in the goat’s rumen, which can cause the goat to bloat, or the rumen to shut down. When changing a goat’s diet, do so slowly, to give the bacteria in the rumen time to adjust. Also note that goats have a high

Sheep Finisher Pellets

This is a high quality complete ration specifically formulated for finishing lambs grazing declining pastures or in lot feeding situations. Providing a balanced and highly digestible source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals to maintain optimal health and performance during finishing.

During the first week additional roughage must be fed to facilitate adaption. Feed ad lib with adequate natural grazing. Keep troughs full.

This farm feed must be protected from rain. NPN is soluble and animals drinking such a solution could be poisoned. Vinegar is an effective remedy against NPN poisoning. Mix with equal amount of water. Dose half a bottle per calf/large sheep or 2-4 bottles per head of cattle.

Lamb & Ewe Pellets

This product is an ideal pasture supplement for adult sheep, including ewes and rams at joining, ewes before and after lambing and dry ewes, wethers and store lambs. They are a highly digestible pelleted supplement. The pellets are formulated with the optimum balance of energy and crude protein sources, selected to avoid digestive upsets and supply ample supplementary nutrients in a variety of different production situations, including drought.

During the first week additional roughage must be fed to facilitate adaptation.

Vinegar is an effective remedy against NPN poisoning. Mix with equal amount of water. Dose half a bottle per calf/large sheep or 2-4 bottles per head of cattle.

Stalmeester Horse Pellets

A well balanced pasture supplement ideal for stallions, mares and foals.

Feed 0.5-5kg Stalmeester with 1.5-2kg hay per horse per day. Quantity of feed will depend on work load, body condition and environmental factors.

Diverse

Yellow Maize

Sunflower Seeds

Crushed Maize

Coarse Salt

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