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New opportunities to generate a sustainable income are opening up in SA’s poultry industry.
Security advisor Henk Boshoff says that farmers should avoid becoming soft targets for potential farm attackers. He spoke to Gerhard Uys about making a farm and its surrounding communities safer.
Ensure that you have the right facilities: a crush pen, a neck clamp and a squeeze chute.

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Diesel down, petrol up

The pump price of 95 Octane and 93 Octane petrol increased by 6c/l on 3 February, with the wholesale price of diesel decreasing by 62c/l (0,05% sulphur) and 63c/l (0,005%...
This year’s winter rainy season in the Swartland should be better than that of 2015, according to SA meteorologist Giel Hugo.
Government is running out of money, leaving finance minister Nhlanhla Nene with one of two choices – he either has to increase taxes or cut state expenditure.
SA judge Francis Legodi has lifted the domestic ban on trade in rhino horns imposed by government in 2009 to reduce poaching
There are strong suspicions that the recent mislabelling of citrus being sold in Spain as having originated from South Africa, was a malicious action designed to fuel the current dispute...
July is National Savings Month which aims to build and nurture a culture of savings among South Africans.
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...
A honey bee farming initiative started by Reginald and Irma Jacobus in Friemersheim has brought hope to this rural town by helping to stem the tide of unemployment and poverty....
Multi-national financial services provider, Rabobank, says the value of the so-called fifth quarter has increased significantly in recent years, making meat processors more competitive. Albert Vernooij, of Rabobank’s Food &...

Dealing with land claims

The pending reopening of the land claims window for a further five years could see a flood of claims being lodged on South African farms. With more than 7 000...
When Simon Txoanyana – a retired SANDF member – decided to farm in 1999, he realised he couldn’t afford a commercial farm. Mike Burgess spoke to him about how he...
The Toyota New Harvest of the Year finalist for 2015, Koena Jack Moradu, has a simple yet sensible vision: to leave a legacy that will allow his children and his...
Every so often my adult children demand gnocchi for dinner. “Not again!” I say, and then I actually make the stuff and wonder why I ever object. The taste, the...

Quick Pasta

The copyright on this recipe is held by ten million Italian grandmothers. In other words, this is a classic, but for all that, a classic well within the reach of...
My all-time personal favourite breakfast is a couple of lamb chops, slightly rare, with two fried eggs. This combination of flavours and aromas has taken my breakfasts in a whole...

Rustic Timber Home

My husband and I have a farm in Limpopo to which we want to retire and leave our current house to our children. We want to build a cosy cottage...

Steak tartare

Cooking is an act of transformation greater than anything politicians can dish up. But sometimes raw food has its own special magic. Sushi, salads, even mayonnaise is eaten raw. Well,...

Modern boozy berry trifle

Here's our take on the traditional trifle, mixed with the secret ingredient... Amarula Cream. Try this delicious recipe now.
A brief overview of the current state of fish farming in South Africa.

Using a snaffle bit

Snaffles generally suit all types of riders and are comfortable for novice horses, writes Dr Mac.
Fertility and optimum meat production are the two pillars of Diethelm and Katja Metzger’s Kamab Simbra Stud. The second-largest Simbra stud herd in Southern Africa, it produces about 370 weaners...
OAD milking is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand, but can it work in SA?

How to treat splints

Characterised by a hard, bony swelling, splints are a common cause of lameness in young horses, says Dr Mac.
There are four key aspects of filtration, all of which are non-negotiable and integral to running a successful system.

Making money from muck

Nutrient-rich dairy slurry was once considered a liability and a pollutant, but the current high fertiliser price has changed all that, says dairy technical consultant Gavin Brockett. Robyn Joubert spoke...
A Highveld farmer I knew once desperately needed seedlings and turned to a supplier in another region. I still recall his shock when the consignment arrived: the seedlings were far...

Mulch ado about no-till

No-till farmers have always known that leaving a layer of crop residue on the soil surface increases the humus content.
Quality beer needs quality barley and there’s not enough of it in South Africa. RD Erasmus, well-known Western Cape barley producer, spoke to Jacques Claassen about how he has optimised...

Why all this wastage?

According to a 7 November Farmer’s Weekly news item, we throw away roughly one-third of all the food produced on the planet – about three billion tons – annually.

There’s hope!

The two organisations have hardly spoken to each other in 20 years or more.

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