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Farming Angora rabbits with love and care

Angora rabbits need a patient approach before their wool can be harvested. But the end-product is sought after by discerning consumers worldwide.
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Strict selection is key, says top Dohne breeder

Michael Swart of Swartriver Esate near Caledon believes there is no better investment than a good sheep. He should know – his Swarco Dohne Merino stud has, over the past 15 years, consistently been rated among the top in the country.
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Hard work and dedication pay off for female farmer

Rachel Mamonare Mathabathe, the 2013 ARC National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year Limpopo finalist, farms near Mookgophong on the farm Klipfontein with 300 cattle, 150 goats and 300 sheep. Mike Burgess visited her to better understand her success as a livestock farmer.
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Huntersvlei Sussex: introducing polled English genetics to SA

A Sussex stud herd near Viljoenskroon has imported polled genetics from the UK to capitalise on the advantages offered by the polled gene and to develop its own world-class polled genetics.
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Livestock Disease Trends - February 2014

For the month of February 2014, 104 reports were received from veterinarians belonging to the Livestock Health and Production Group of the South African Veterinary Association. In addition reports were received from feedlot consultants and laboratories.
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Stray dogs in perspective

The growing stray dog problem calls for greater co-operation between municipalities, animal welfare groups and farmers before it escalates out of control.
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Holsteins versus Jerseys – which is the better breed?

The debate over which breed of dairy cow is best has long occupied dairy farmers the world over. An informal study conducted by Jane Holliday gives us something to think about.
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Tattoos and ear notches

Here are two tried-and-tested alternative permanent marking techniques that are suitable for both large and small livestock. Each has its distinctive advantages and disadvantages. Chris Nel explains.
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Petana Beefmaster, fit and work-ready

Petana Beefmaster Stud’s success is ascribed to strict adherence to the six principles of Tom Lasater, father of the Beefmaster breed. Annelie Coleman visited the stud in the Wolmaransstad district.
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Nothing beats good teamwork

The Mequatling Angus Stud is one of the top large Angus herds in South Africa. Annelie Coleman talks to husband-and-wife team Philip and Vicky Barnard about farming these cattle and working together.
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Do you think there is a future for smallscale farming in SA?
Yes, smallscale farmers contribute to global food production.
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There is a place for both smallscale and commercial farming in SA.
Last week's poll
Minister Nkwinti's proposal to landowners to give 50% of their farms to farmworkers is...
Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68%)
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Will threaten food security. (39.21%)
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Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %) Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %)
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