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Lack of land

Human settlement and lack of accountability threaten the availability of land in Kgabalatsane.
It took three deaths before a North West municipality prioritised an ongoing issue. It was solved in a day.
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Members of the Ultimate Beef Club were treated to a wide variety of ribs at their monthly meeting, hosted at the Local Grill in Parktown North.
From a record of 322 entries for the 11th Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards, the stand out wines were from the Breedekloof and Wellington.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ annual Female Entrepreneur Awards (FEA) programme has recognised the role of women in South Africa’s agricultural sector for 17 years.
SAB Miller plans to double its malting capacity in Africa by 2030, to between 900 000t and one million tons, according to Thinus van Schoor, general manager at SAB Maltings...
The recent heavy rains in Mpumalanga, along with high temperatures, caused the ideal conditions for blue ticks that cause redwater disease to thrive.
The minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Gugile Nkwinti, wants to have the drafting of the Land Reform White Paper finalised by May 2013.
It’s important to plan beyond the drought in a sector that will remain a driver of economic growth & social stability.
North West farmer Salphanius Motswenyane tells Luyolo Mkentane how farming saved him from poverty. Having achieved success on a small scale he now hopes to grow his farming enterprise into...
While the hospitality industry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, an Mpumalanga farming couple has been able to successfully marry their farming business with a now internationally renowned and multi-award-winning, four-star...
Eikenhof Poultry Farms, part of the Free Range Chicken Company, is amongst South Africa’s oldest producers of free-range eggs. The company has taken the lead in offering free-range liquid egg...
‘Don’t romanticise small-scale farming’ was the message at the recent Potatoes South Africa symposium held to discuss speeding up black economic empowerment through partnerships.
Walter Gouveia and Kobus Schoeman believe it is up to younger farmers to break the mould of conventional farming practices and stereotypes and farm sustainably for the future. They now...

Ginger Biscuit

Call it a ginger slice or a hard biscuit. The singular ginger flavour of this delicious item from the world’s great line-up of baked treats brings a whole new skill...
Whenever I visit my brother in Cape Town, I know I am in for superlative dining. And when the big item on the menu is bobotie, this Durban boykie renews...

How to braai chicken

We all know the experience. Braaied chicken, hot and black on the outside, cold and pink on the inside. Here’s a way to avoid such horrors.
Is this not just totally, excessively marvellous in every way? There is literally nothing else your guest will be able to say, except … may I have some more?
Jacques van der Westhuizen and Marius Fuls manage a 22 000ha hunting concession and game reserve in Limpopo. According to Jacques, hunters have a responsibility to maintain the ecological balance....
There’s nothing mysterious about a piece of cold meat between two slices of bread. But here we take the basic sandwich invention and thrust it right into the middle of...
Remember those ‘Cowboy and Indian’ films where feather-clad braves galloped on handsome Appaloosa horses firing off arrows?
There is more to feeding in winter than simply keeping cattle alive until summer. Mistakes in winter cattle feeding may take more than one season to rectify, and costs a...

No more backyard shacks

The key to successful pigeon racing lies in good pigeon health, which you won't achieve if pigeon housing is poor. Thomas Smit presents a beginner's guide to building an effective...
Stephan Voigts, owner of the historic Voigtland Simmentaler herd in Namibia bases his breeding objectives on the commercial cattleman’s requirements. The commercial sector determines the value of any cattle breed,...
Breed, conformation and supply and demand are among the factors that affect the price of a horse, explains Dr Mac.
Competitive behaviour is human nature. Deep inside all riders, there is a desire to compete in shows. You polish yourself and your horse, you practise until you’re sure that you’re...
Willie Nel, recipient of Rooibos Limited’s Producer of the Year Award, says sustainable rooibos production depends on a rotation cycle that will ensure consistently good quality yields. Denene Erasmus reports.

Benefits of CA

Trials conducted by the Agricultural Research Council at its Zeekoegat experimental farm in Roodeplaat have compared conventional farming practices with conservation agriculture, and have identified many benefits to CA. Peter...
An agent on the Durban Market recently made an interesting remark to me.
James and Brett Domleo are providing pineapple farmers with an alternative outlet in a prickly market. Robyn Joubert spoke to them about their pioneering idea.
Last week I discussed how to choose seedlings. Now I want to outline ways to manipulate seedlings for prevailing conditions.

Quality always wins

As noted last issue, the old control boards called the shots when it came to determining prices, because they also determined supply.

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