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Communal farmers can benefit from using more advanced farming practices, such as artificial insemination (AI), to improve herd genetics. Basimane...
In his BCom Hons research paper, Mlungisi Mama examines why so few black youths are interested in agriculture as a...
You won’t find many South Africans stocking their fridges with rabbit meat just yet, but more and more consumers are...
Wool market off to a good start

Wool market off to a good start

Despite a stronger rand:dollar exchange rate, the South African wool market started the season on a positive note, as a result of strong demand for wool globally, with the Merino...
Rwanda bans imports from SA due to listeriosis outbreak

Rwanda bans imports from SA due to listeriosis outbreak

Rwanda has banned imports of meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit from South Africa as a result of the recent outbreak of the foodborne disease, listeria, across the country.
New greening incentives for UK farmers

New greening incentives for UK farmers

The UK government is planning to introduce an agricultural policy that prioritises environmental protection and emphasises the links between food, farming and public health.

A single ideal aquaculture system? Forget it!

On paper, many aquaculture systems look appealing, but are they suited to South Africa’s challenging conditions?

Use a Pelham bit to control your horse

The dual-purpose Pelham bit is used for showing, eventing and jumping and is highly effective for controlling children’s ponies, says Dr Mac.

How to prevent gut problems in your dairy herd

Inaccurate feeding practices and poorly formulated diets in dairy herds can lead to subacute rumen acidosis, and result in decreased milk yields, higher than normal cull rates and profit losses...

Table grapes: how to speed up production in new vines

New vineyards can make or break a producer. Warren Bam, the Western Cape Agricultural Writers’ 2017 New Entrant to Commercial Farming of the Year nominee, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...

Dealing with the African bollworm

The African bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) has many host crops. The caterpillar, which is spiny when young, has a light stripe on the sides and usually turns green to match the...

Fir the love of Christmas trees: farming spruces in the UK

Christmas is associated with a host of traditions, and nowhere more so than in the UK. Here, it’s not really Christmas unless you have a real fir tree at home....
SA’s first commercial cashmere success story

SA’s first commercial cashmere success story

Not only is indigenous iMbuzi goats’ hair used to produce cashmere at the Ivili Loboya production unit near Butterwoth, but local smallholders are also empowered.
New Holland’s new concept tractor

New Holland’s new concept tractor

New Holland recently exhibited a concept tractor powered by methane at the Farm Progress Show in Illinois, the largest outdoor farm event in the US.

Dealing with downer cows

With good preparation, this phenomenon can be prevented in communal areas, says Prof Cheryl McCrindle.
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.

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?
Agriculture is changing and so must agri economists

Agriculture is changing and so must agri economists

It’s not only farmers who have to adapt to the fundamental changes occurring in world agriculture, or go out of business. Agricultural economists also have to adapt. This is the...

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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