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Rietfontein Boerdery: farm, hiking trails & wedding venue

Cattle and maize farmers Maurice and Celestè Leonard have established hiking trails, a wedding venue and accommodation on their Gauteng farm. They spoke to Gerhard Uys.
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Emerald Vale Brewery – craft beer with added value

Craft breweries have become popular in South Africa in recent years. Grant Hollins visited Emerald Vale Brewery on the Wild Coast to learn about its commercial success.
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Coffee and olive oil: authentic Italy in the Western Cape

Capitalising on their Italian heritage, Carlo and Lucar Marra have turned their interest in Italian food specialities into a lucrative agritourism business on their 30ha farm. They spoke to Jeandré du Preez about their growing success.
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From maize, to mill, to meal

Johann Vos started his own milling operation simply to produce feed for his cattle. Today, he processes 500t of maize meal per month for human consumption as well as for the animal feed market.
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Oyster farming in Saldanha Bay

Oyster farming offers several advantages: it’s sustainable, has low-impact, and produces naturally organic and healthy food. Oysters grown in Saldanha Bay have a unique taste with global appeal, and South Africa’s largest oyster farm is located here.
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The darling of bush vine wine

After receiving top national awards in 2015, Darling Cellars aims to make the Nielsen’s Top 20 bottled wine brand list for South Africa this year.
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An integrated eco-farming business

Farmer Tom Turner runs an unsual mixed farming operation with his father Frank Turner near Wellington in the Western Cape. By working with and for the sake of nature, Bontebok Ridge Reserve is seeing success both economically and ecologically.
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Plans to diversify to ensure sustainability

Gugu Mlipha is the SA Agricultural Writers’ New Entrant to Commercial Farming for 2015. She farms vegetables on 6ha in Walkerville, Gauteng, and also runs a vegetable processing business. She has plans to further diversify her business.
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Potatoes: lessons from the UK

Leading UK potato producer Tony Bambridge was recently sponsored by Syngenta to give a presentation at the Potatoes SA Congress on potato production and market trends in his home country. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the lessons that had been learnt in the industry.
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Keeping track of livestock production profitability

The Namibian Agricultural Union’s Production-Cost Index is a valuable tool for determining and monitoring price trends in the country’s livestock production industries, according to Jaco Hanekom, the union’s assistant manager of commodities. The index has lately shown an alarming negative price trend in cattle production.
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