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The Bathsheba Syndrome holds dangers for any successful organisation. Understand it and watch out for it.
As if crime isn’t bad enough, South Africa’s commercial farmers face huge political uncertainty every day.
Being an effective boss involves more than issuing orders. It means behaving in an appreciative, unselfish way. Get it right, and you’ll get the best out of your employees.
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SA judge Francis Legodi has lifted the domestic ban on trade in rhino horns imposed by government in 2009 to reduce poaching
Women farmers were recognised for their role and contribution to Africa’s Agriculture and Food Security at the 14th annual DAFF Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Mahikeng recently.
The Eastern Cape Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (ECRPO) has made history by electing its first black vice-chairperson.
Fancy yourself a leading farmer with a strong management philosophy and technical skills? Now is your chance to enter the Free State Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2014 competition.
A new international record of R440,10/kg for super fine 24 microns, super style winter kids’ mohair was set by Theronnie van der Merwe of Murraysburg at the fourth sale of...
Abalone farming in South Africa, which first started in the 1990s, is expected to increase fivefold within the next decade.
For five years, Lesotho's royal farm in Matsieng has showcased a sustainable farming approach for local lowland farmers. This "sufficiency model" originates in Thailand, and its diversified use of land...

Irrigation Focus-Pumps

Pumps: expert advice on solving problems before they start. Good selection, good maintenance and proper installation are all equally important to pump life, says Bob Mackie of APE pumps and...
Patrick and Sarah Buda began farming late in life. In a few short years, and backed by the Ekurhuleni Peermont Chambers of Commerce Trust, they’ve already begun supplying Pick n...
'You're either in, or you're out!' Glenneis Erasmus reports on the Hex River Valley farmers and ­farmworkers who are 'in' and making transformation work.
A number of illness-related deaths and low productivity in the workforce spurred poultry producer Astral to implement a wellness programme that reduced fatal illnesses and significantly improved overall health and...
Buying a farm in South Africa calls for careful consideration and in-depth investigation. The purchase of high-potential agricultural land is a costly affair which should be approached with sound knowledge...
Dear Jonno, My husband and I are planning our retirement home on our newly acquired farm in the north-eastern Free State. We enjoy your innovative ideas in the Farmer’s Weekly...
Brian Munjodzi lives on a small farm in Zimbabwe. His request to Jonno is to improve his farmhouse.
Dear Jonno We are currently planning our farming ventures in the Karoo. To secure income for the capitalisation of these activities, we entered into an agreement with a foreign investor/developer...
A banana cake is just like banana bread, only better, and it’s one of the best ways to begin your personal adventure into baking. Not only do you get a...
'The nets were never designed to keep the sharks away from the beaches but merely to kill them.'

Stylish homes in Mozambique

I had a call from a prospective housing developer in Mozambique. He required plans for easy-to-build, cost-effective and stylish homes for the local community.
Veterinary bills can be expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce these costs without compromising your horse’s health, says Dr Mac.

Foreign, yes. Feral, no.

The racing pigeon is fully domesticated, the result of two centuries of experimental breeding, and they are certainly not an invasive threat, as some claim.
After completing agricultural studies and gaining work experience, Ananias and Mphai Rapholo returned home to Limpopo to start a family business, the Mohloma Agricultural Co-operative, with their father. The brothers...
In this third part of our series on twinning in cattle, Chris Nel highlights some remarkable stud beef cows that have produced multiple twins, and explains why dairy and small-framed...

Fish farming beyond SA

The state of aquaculture in neighbouring countries – and the lessons to be learnt.

Freeze, you’re branded

Freeze branding is not a new concept to South African agriculture, yet it is only in recent years that it has gained in popularity among dairy farmers to facilitate easier...
I often chuckle inwardly when I’m on a market floor listening to a negotiation between the salesperson and a buyer. The exchange frequently differs dramatically from what I teach about...
The ARC-Grain Crops Institute recently published its 2013/2014 National Maize Cultivar Trials results. Farmer’s Weekly presents the results for the best-yielding hybrids in South Africa’s eastern maize production region.

Cucumbers save the day

Janie Cilliers became a farmer out of necessity, but soon fell in love with it. And, after much hard toil, seven years down the line JC Trading in Brits has...
Angelo De Andrade has earned Agri Gauteng's Young Farmer of the Year award by processing his own produce on the farm while still supplying fresh produce markets. His family partnership...

About poison leaf

Dichapetalum cymosum, commonly known as gifblaar in Afrikaans, mogau in SeTswana, and poison leaf in English (right), is a small, low-growing shrub found in the northern parts of southern Africa.

Is this wave unstoppable?

A wave of rejuvenation and new commitment is sweeping all before it as role players in the sector take on the most serious challenges currently faced by South Africa’s fresh...

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