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The hobby of keeping exotic ornamental fish in a home aquarium is nowhere near as popular as it once was.
Pond aquaculture systems may be the answer to producing bulk quantities of tilapia simply and affordably.
With government assistance, many rural small-scale fish farmers could turn their operations into viable enterprises.
Cape Town pigeon fanciers 1st and 2nd place

Cape Town pigeon fanciers 1st and 2nd place

Pigeon fanciers Albert Lingenfelder and André Mills have again made their mark, this time in the inaugural Western Cape Classic.
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The many advantages of pigs

Today’s domesticated pig has most of the qualities that the modern farmer looks for in livestock, including high profitability, explains Shane Brody.
Use a curry comb to groom your horse

Use a curry comb to groom your horse

Get the sweat out of your horse, as well as dirt and loose hairs. Dr Mac shows how.

Plough for more

In a letter to Farmer’s Weekly, the secretary general of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa), Aggrey Mahanjana, has objected to comments that were attributed to him in...
American philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, the eldest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is currently in South Africa to make a donation in aid of the protection of rhinos from...

Ladies of labour

In South Africa the most food garden projects in rural and poorer areas are run by women, like the food garden at Langalibalele Dube Primary School in Orange Farm, south...
There is currently no evidence to support TAU SA’s contention that white communities and farmers in SA are being subjected to genocide.
The Free State Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (FS RPO) praised the Free State Stock Theft Unit of the SAPS after the recent arrest of five suspected stock thieves alleged to...
The price of bread should have decreased since December 2015 due to lower international wheat prices, according to Grain SA.
Having grown up as a farm boy on the Transkei border and being fluent in isiXhosa, Farmer's Weekly correspondent Orrock Robertsen took some survey work in a deep rural district...
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...
In South Africa's rural areas children have alarmingly low levels of vitamin A, which can result in infections, blindness and even death. To combat this critical deficiency, researchers suggest the...
The new minimum wage for farm workers came into effect on 1 March. While most farmers will do their utmost to hold onto their current workforce, some will have no...

SA farm poetry

In a few months it will be a hundred years since the coming into effect of the Native Land Act, and the universities are frothing with activity as Phd candidates...
Following the article“Untapped emu oil well -a lucrative alternative?”published in Farmer's Weekly on 19 October 2006, SA emu farmer Shane Trollope was inundated with more than 300 enquiries about this...
This is a great classic with as many variations as there are cooks to make it. This version keeps it simple so allowing even the beginner cook to achieve monumental...
As the tigerfish is our premier inland gamefish and because its numbers are dwindling, Abré J Steyn feels strongly about the art of catch-and-release. But with this fish, successful release...
Jono sketches a floor plan of a thatched roof home for reader George.

At the foot of a mountain

Jonno helps a couple with a house near Barberton.
For some people, this writer among them, a meal without chilli or a chilled litre of Tobasco is a tedious and cheerless thing. So here’s another salute to chilli and...
This Florentine-styled T-bone steak dish uses beef sourced from the region’s Chianina breed of cattle. In the world of steaks few can equal a T-bone cut from a Chianina side...
The coming winter looks set to be hard. Horse owners should plan ahead to ensure they have enough food to take their horses through this difficult time, says Dr Mac.
Nguni cattle can complement a timber business nicely – and are likely to captivate their owners with their beauty and no-nonsense traits. Brett Peatie and Brian Magor of Midlands Imperial...

Jumping high!

There are several ways of overcoming your fear of jumping, says Kim Dyson. And the feeling of being out of control and of being lifted off the ground could become...
This is the 100th aquaculture column to appear in Farmer’s Weekly, and to mark this milestone, I’d like to explore how far the industry has come since my first article...
Tilapia farming is now well established in Asia, but will only succeed in SA if good quality stock is used in an economically viable culture environment.
South Africa’s farmers have little choice: they must adapt in order to limit the effects of climate change on livestock production and animal health, according to experts.

Labournomics

Why the recent wage increases will negatively impact the SA economy as a whole, and why the government needs a lesson in economics.
Irrigation scheduling at one of South Africa’s largest irrigation farming enterprises has led to a saving of up to 34% in water use and possible enhanced crop performance. Robyn Joubert...
Bacterial wilt can be a devastating disease in tomatoes. I’ve seen whole crops destroyed, and if you’re farming in a warm area where the disease is prevalent, it’s worth knowing...
Strict laws governing the cultivation of virgin soil have angered many farmers. But that’s because there’ve been few explanations of why these laws are necessary. Odette Curtis, project manager of...
Last week I mentioned how important it is to have sufficient nitrogen in the seedling and growing medium. The procedure needs to be maintained from here on - the early...
Of all soil organisms, earthworms can be by far the largest component by weight. Their benefits are generally insufficiently appreciated by farmers.

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