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Louis and Nadine Kuys produce a range of colourful leaf vegetables in an urban aquaponics system in Vredenburg on the...
When Deputy-President Cyril Ramaphosa talks about his Ankole cattle, a childlike joy and passion are evident. This was according to...
As of 1 May 2018, the national minimum wage (NMW) for farmworkers will be R18/hour, according to the National Minimum...
Travellers urged to declare agricultural products

Travellers urged to declare agricultural products

With the summer holiday season in full swing, travellers to the country are urged to declare all agricultural products to avoid exotic pests and diseases being introduced to South Africa...
African agribusinesses seek stable investment environments

African agribusinesses seek stable investment environments

While many African agribusinesses are keen to expand their operations into other countries on the continent, they reportedly remain wary of doing so.
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EU approves glyphosate use for only five years

European Union farmers have expressed disappointment at a recent final decision by the European Commission to allow the use of glyphosate-based herbicides there for only a further five years.

How to select a top-performing beef cow

Breeding cows form the mainstay of the beef industry, according to animal scientist, Danie Bosman. Speaking at a Drakensberger information day in Potchefstroom, he said that the ideal breeding cow...

Breeding your mare

Eager to hear the clatter of little hooves? Kim Dyson discusses the basics of putting your mare in foal.

Small aquaculture systems: the simpler, the better!

Because of their scale, these systems have very limited yields. Choosing a complex, small system will not increase yield; it will only increase cost!

Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Johan Esterhuyse, who produces a range of stone fruit varieties has introduced mechanisation on his farm to ensure profitability and long-term sustainability. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the positive...

Seedlings: Balancing fertility & hardening

To ensure successful fertilisation, you need to do more than simply carry out a soil analysis to determine the crop’s basic requirements. You also have to consider the needs of...

Olive oil success through innovation

The Greenleaf Olive Company near Cape Agulhas in the Overberg planted its first trees in 2006. Just 10 years later, the olive oil produced here is one of South Africa’s...
2020 & beyond: a vision for the SA beef industry

2020 & beyond: a vision for the SA beef industry

If South Africa’s beef industry wants to become a serious competitor on the world stage, it must replace exports of ‘cheap meat’ with higher-value cuts, says livestock genetics consultant, Dr...
New John Deere S790 combine with 635D header

New John Deere automated combines

John Deere has integrated the latest automated technology in the combines and headers it is introducing in the UK for the 2018 harvest season.
Tractors from India

Tractors from India

Heifers form the future of any beef cattle breeding concern, and should therefore be selected with care, says animal scientist,...
When performing a visual evaluation of the animal, note the following features in particular: frame size, muscle and body structure,...
South Africa’s sheep and wool industry needs experts to maintain the current high standard of sheep classing.
The meat of younger slaughter animals usually sells for a higher price on the market, but carcass shape and fat...

Special focus on farming business plan

What are the objects of your business plan?

What are the objectives of your business plan?

The objectives outlined in your business plan must be realistic and achievable, with the strengths and weaknesses properly identified and analysed.
Follow these steps when drafting a business plan

Follow these steps when drafting a business plan

A business plan will help you access funding and serve as a working document to guide your managerial decisions. But, before you write up that plan, do your research properly!
The importance of a business plan

The importance of a business plan for farming

You wouldn’t drive a car without a steering wheel. So why run a farm without a business plan?
Addressing agrochemical residues on fresh produce

Addressing agrochemical residues on fresh produce

The use of agrochemicals in the commercial production of fresh produce is widespread in South Africa and elsewhere. However, according to Tom Murray, technical manager at Woolworths, retailers realise that...

Tuscan-styled home: space, comfort and practicality

A Tuscan-styled three bedroom home design on a farm in the North West.
Food and accommodation: what to provide and how to market it

Food and accommodation: what to provide and how to market it

In the final article of this four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines what to take into account when planning pricing, food preparation, accommodation, and a marketing strategy. Some of these have...

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