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There are many sources of good cattle, both registered (stud) and commercial. It is best to purchase from a successful...
South Africa is set to harvest the second biggest maize crop on record this season. The Crop Estimates Committee has...
Security advisor Henk Boshoff says that farmers should avoid becoming soft targets for potential farm attackers. He spoke to Gerhard...
EU denies dumping chicken in South Africa

EU denies dumping chicken in South Africa

In a recent press statement, the EU denied that it was dumping chicken onto the South African market and that its poultry exports to South Africa was negatively affecting the...
5 things to look forward to at Agritech Expo Zambia

5 things to look forward to at Agritech Expo Zambia

Visitors will be offered an opportunity to meet with some of the world's leading agricultural companies, and network with agricultural professionals as well as government and union officials at the...
Vigorous growth predicted for global hazelnut market

Vigorous growth predicted for global hazelnut market

The international hazelnut market is set for robust growth over the next decade, according to market researchers.

How to reduce tortoise electrocution mortalities

Thousands of tortoises are inadvertently killed by electric fences in South Africa each year. Yet there are simple, practical steps that farmers can take to stop this. Dr Luke Arnot...

Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

For 15 years, the Muller family, near George, has been using biological farming methods and no-till practices. Their pasture-reared dairy herd is thriving and can be directly traced to the...

The rise and fall of ornamental fish culture

The hobby of keeping exotic ornamental fish in a home aquarium is nowhere near as popular as it once was.

Working as a market agent

The daily sales process is like a finely-tuned machine, and like any machine, it needs oil. In this case, that oil is communication.

Maize production: Managing critical plant growth stages

There is more to a maize land than meets the eye. It is a mass production facility with thousands of efficient ‘factories’ per hectare, each storing the sun’s energy through...

Know your spinach variants

Chard (Beta vulgaris) is also known as ‘Swiss chard’, ‘silver beet’, ‘mangold’ and other names. In South Africa it is usually referred to simply as ‘spinach’.
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
New Holland BigBaler: Baling at 32t/hour!

New Holland BigBaler: Baling at 32t/hour!

New Holland’s field trial of its BigBaler 1290 demonstrated remarkable productivity: 1 254 bales averaging 434kg in 17 hours.
New Holland at EIMA

New Holland at EIMA

Before putting together a feeding schedule, confirm the properties of the available feed.
There are many sources of good cattle, both registered (stud) and commercial. It is best to purchase from a successful...
Raising cattle properly requires money, land and skill. Do you have enough of each to enter this business? Equally importantly,...

Animal health: Rabies

It is time once more for our annual warning about this deadly disease. Rabies can strike any warm-blooded animal and...

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Hydroponics: planning your project

Hydroponics: planning your project

The saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is certainly applicable to intensive farming systems such as hydroponics and aeroponics. Planning should encompass climate control, handling, processing,...

Hydroponics: know your plants’ growth requirements

In this instalment of our series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, outlines the various elements that plants need for optimal growth.
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Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?

In the first of a series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, explores hydroponics as a viable solution to global food security challenges, including water...
Shaping the future of global food security

Shaping the future of global food security

Feeding the global population nutritiously and sustainably by 2030 will require unprecedented innovation and coordination by all stakeholders, according to a report by the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on...
Traditional tourist cottage

Traditional tourist cottage

Stephen, for whom I had previously done design work, recently approached me with a further request for cost-effective tourist accommodation in a rural, farm-style design.
Lakenvlei Forest Lodge

Visit Lakenvlei Forest Lodge

Lakenvlei Forest Lodge in Mpumalanga, is situated in a 4 500ha pine plantation near Belfast, and offers a truly laid-back holiday experience.

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