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Poultry: tips for better chicken house heating and ventilation

To raise healthy and uniform birds in a chicken house, it is essential to maintain optimal heating and ventilation at all times. Sonét Roux, technical advisor at Country Bird Holdings, explains to Wilma den Hartigh what this entails, and how it can help a farmer achieve top production rates.
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Agritourism: what to offer and how to maximise income

There are numerous agritourism ideas out there – and many ways of generating income from visitors.
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The sawmill that runs on wood gas power

With renewable energy becoming increasingly necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative? Lloyd Phillips spoke to a KwaZulu-Natal sawmiller who is experimenting with this question.
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Managing a farming business in financial distress

Your farming business is in a one-way financial cul de sac. What remedies do you have at your disposal to solve the problem? Johan Botha, an attorney specialising in insolvencies, and agricultural consultant, Pietman Botha, offer some advice.
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Standard Bank advises farmers to view agriculture as an investment vehicle

It’s important to plan beyond the drought in a sector that will remain a driver of economic growth & social stability.
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6 tactics to achieve successful sales at the market

National and regional fresh produce markets are openly available to all producers. Yet using them optimally requires some planning and management. Deon van Zyl, managing director of the RSA Group of market agents, shares six tips with Wilma den Hartigh that can help a farmer establish a strong presence on the market floor and achieve profitable sales.
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Consumer research for meat products

In order to boost sales, it’s important to know your customers and what they expect, say Tineil Hurter and Marina Bester of Lamb and Mutton South Africa.
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The lean farming philosophy

‘Lean agriculture’ is used by many farmers in the US, Europe and Asia. Specialists on the subject, Susanne Pejstrup, Len Hansen and Jan Erasmus, argue that South Africa’s farmers can apply similar principles here to improve operational efficiency and become more competitive. Wilma den Hartigh spoke to the three to find out more.
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Passionate about alpacas

In 2010, Stephen and Linda Nessworthy established Quenti Alpacas, near Wellington. Offering a range of luxury alpaca products under the Cape Alpaca brand, Quenti Alpacas breeds and sells alpacas, and is the only mill in South Africa that specialises in locally grown alpaca fibre.
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Conquering the indigenous flower market

Some people thought Joretha Grib was headed for failure when she told them of her plans to farm high-quality indigenous flowers. Today, her business, which supplies the local and export markets, is flourishing. She spoke to Glenneis Kriel about her business strategy.
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This week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace.
I received some assistance, but not enough.
No, I don’t know how or where to apply.
I have not been affected by the drought.
Last week's poll
How do you guard against stock theft on your farm?
I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08%)
Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99%)
I have high fences and gates that are locked at all times. (33.33%)
There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.6%)
I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08 %) Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99 %) There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.60 %) I have high fences and gates that are locked at all times. (33.33 %) I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08 %) Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99 %) There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.60 %)
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