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Lakenvlei Forest Lodge in Mpumalanga, is situated in a 4 500ha pine plantation near Belfast, and offers a truly laid-back holiday experience.

To catch a carp

SA fishing tackle suppliers have capitalised on the popularity of carp angling and the many ways to catch this voracious fish.
Landing the biggest ever specimen of this exciting angling fish all those years ago was a memorable event, recalls Eugene Kruger.

Plough for more

With over 1,1 million tons more maize expected from South Africa’s 2011/2012 crop than for the preceding season, local prices have been put under pressure.

Grindrod buys into NWK

Freight logistics company Grindrod recently bought a sizeable chunk of NWK for R228 million. In doing so, it took up the 19,8% stake jointly owned by Zeder Investments and Thembeka...
The cold front and accompanying stormy winds expected over the Free State from Wednesday (21 August) poses a serious veld fire threat, and farmers and landowners are warned to remain...
National tractor sales, currently 5,7% down compared to last year, will likely remain depressed if the rains don’t arrive soon in the dry western parts of South Africa’s grain production...
South Africa’s wine export is set to soar by 13% over the next decade, according to the latest Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) baseline report.
KwaZulu-Natal matriculants who achieved good results should consider a career in agriculture, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said in a statement on Tuesday.
In order to boost sales, it’s important to know your customers and what they expect.
The government’s mechanisation programme is doomed to failure unless it is project-managed properly and regard is given to the many difficulties of operating machinery in a small-scale environment, says Peter...
With South African forestry currently recovering an average of only 47% of its potential timber yield for economic benefit, the industry is ripe for the widespread adoption of value-adding biorefinery...
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...
Agritourism has grown substantially from 2% of the tourism industry in the Western Cape in 1996 to 10% of the foreign tourist market currently. For most farms, tourism contributes between...
When Roleen Basson started Darling Olives about 10 years ago, she didn’t even eat olives. However, today her business produces about 30 product lines, and the Darling Olives footprint will...

Cooking guinea fowl

My first guinea fowl of the year was klapped by an Izuzu on a dirt road near Karkloof. The next two were expertly hunted by a good friend and perished...
No, we’re not talking pickles or jams, but an entire meal – temptingly displayed and conveniently stored. The classic Consol glass jar is the natural development of the plastic lunch...
Jonno designs a house on an elevated slope for Pamela.
I received an email from a client in the Waterberg region with pictures of the prospective site and the narrow platform of about 12m in width already excavated on the...
Take a break from regular roast fowl with this flavour-packed version of oven-cooked chicken thighs. Your grateful guests will shower you with compliments.
We have been looking at various house plans you have featured in Farmer’s Weekly for a few years now and are keen to start building a cottage on my in-laws’...
Night falls and suddenly it's a two-day race. How will your birds cope? Is their fighting spirit up to the challenge? Thomas Smit takes us through the ins and outs...
Currently, too many systems cruelly compromise fish quality to favour plant production. But there’s a simple solution to this unacceptable state of affairs that will see both flourish.

Wasps kill flies

Parasitic wasps are an environmentally friendly way of breaking the life cycle of flies in stables, says Dr Mac.
The University of Fort Hare's Nguni Cattle Project, launched in 2003, is successfully managing the resurgence of the Nguni cattle breed in its traditional home of the former Ciskei and...
The distance flown is not the deciding factor when identifying a disastrous pigeon race event, but rather the speed and the losses.
Defying the common misconception that Brahmans are wild, temperamental and a problem to farm with, Johan Prinsloo selects only calm animals to maintain a desirable temperament in his PRI Brahman...
The supply of water to Olifants River Valley producers has been frequently interrupted in recent years due to breakages in the irrigation canal. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Johan Matthee, CEO...

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...
Choosing the right type of onion can be difficult, as the variety has to suit both the area and the planting seasons.
In 2012, Jacky Goliath won many awards for Nursery which she co-owns and runs in Simondium near Franschhoek. She and business partner Elton Jefthas started a backyard business growing 1...
Many pests target potatoes but most of these occur very occasionally and are likely to do minimal damage.

It takes passion

During a recent early morning walk through the massive sales halls of the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market I was yet again struck by the uniqueness of such a market.

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