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Spanjaard Copper Compound shields nuts and bolts in extreme heat.
This local innovation turns nuisance kitchen waste into a valuable agricultural input.
This takes mere seconds to operate, yet it can prevent vehicle theft and help keep you safe.

Plough for more

Farmers could have a stabilising effect on the South African economy despite Standard & Poor’s downgrading the country’s credit rating to junk status.
A suspected outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) in Verena, Mpumalanga is being denied by government who maintain that cattle are infected with lumpy skin disease.
This FAMACHA system was developed in South Africa to measure anaemia levels in smallstock.
Many producers have walked away from Dairy Belle following drastic price decreases and rumours abound that the company is running out of milk.
Much-needed rain has been recorded in the Free State since the weekend. Bultfontein had showers of 50mm and more, while between 50mm and 60mm fell in the Wesselsbron area.
Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti should reconsider the new land acquisition system under which black farmers are not given title to land.

Pigs – and persistence

Tabi Diphoko of Dobsonville, Soweto, has faced many challenges in his farming career, including the loss of his wife, which nearly caused him to give up. But at 77, this...
Hard work and tenacity have turned a tiny enterprise into a flourishing commercial operation.
David Matobako, an ambitious young farmer, is proving that agricultural reform is not an idle dream. Susan Botes-Marais visited him on his Free State farm and saw how a sound...
More than two decades into South Africa’s democracy, progress in righting the wrongs of land ownership patterns established by the Natives Land Act of 1913, has been dismally slow. Moreover,...
Farmers Kabelo and Matshidiso Mooketsi had no previous agricultural knowledge before they began working on a communal farm in 2008. Despite a lack of experience and a difficult introduction to...
Tapping into KZN’s winter-flowering aloes has given local businesses, tourism and conservation a welcome boost. Robyn Joubert reports.
I was invited to Pongola to help choose a site and design a new home for Ria and Gippie. They had recently been paid out for their land claim farm...
Sandstone Estates is a real gem in the Free State agritourism crown. The estate was established in 1995 on farmland in the eastern Free State, owned by the Wille Family...
Eleanor is helping a friend with planning a simple two-bedroom cottage. Read on to see Jonno's designs.

Paella: hot Spanish spice

This over-the-top piece of Euro-cuisine has a lot going for it. Firstly, lots of flavours. Secondly, lots of colour. Thirdly, its surprisingly easy to cook. Finally, its a dinner party...
Many people I know have installed one of those non-selective electronic insect shocking devices on their verandas. Issue date 15 June 2007

Farm-style design

I received a call from Chris, who said he and his wife are purchasing a cattle farm in North West. They want a home which allows for catering, sub-letting, letting...
Feeding sheep flocks during a bad drought can be like throwing money down a bottomless pit, because no one knows when it will rain again. Jan Hoon of the Grootfontein...
South Africa is faced with the unique opportunity to implement international best practice when establishing its aquaculture industry, says Terry Bennett from South Africa's largest and oldest fishing company Irvin...
A passionate farmer committed to a scientific approach, Paul Collett won the Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer of the Year award for the Eastern Cape. Lourens Schoeman visited him on...
At the SA Champs, horse and rider are truly tested in the discipline of showing, says Dr Mac.
Buying feed from a reputable feed company is often cheaper and less stressful than mixing your own.
Pasture grass is regarded as the cheapest feed for SA dairy cattle. In the first of a four- part series, Wim Hofman, cattle specialist for De Heus Animal Nutrition, of...
‘Off-season’ is a misnomer, says Marble Hall citrus farmer Piet Engelbrecht. This is when crucial tasks such as pruning take place. Gerhard Uys visited him.

Success at Last?

Many role players have for years lamented the lack of commitment by municipalities when it comes to their fresh produce markets.
To combat herbicide resistance, farmers worldwide are having to become inventive in their herbicide application. Villa Crop’s Pieter le Roux offers practical solutions to the problem and looks at some...
The Hawaiian beet webworm is a caterpillar that attacks beet and Swiss chard. The moth’s delta-shaped wings are brown with white stripes.
An alternative to the traditional seedbed method for transplants is to use seedling trays. One advantage of this is that you can place the trays in a warmer environment if...
The list that follows is by no means complete, but should serve as a guide to any producer who wants to check if they’re getting the best value for their...

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