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Derek Ralfe of Up George Bonsmaras has sold the Bonsmara bull, LAR 14 173, for a record price of R1,8...
While rabbit farming can be fairly lucrative, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Karoline Steenekamp about...
At a recent poultry production course hosted by the Agricultural Research Council and presented by Paulus Sape and July Mahlangu,...
Attracting investors to Africa

Attracting investors to Africa

For Africa to attract investment to the agricultural sector, it needs a stable policy environment that allows trade to flow, according to Dr Doaa Abdel-Motaal, former chief of staff of...
The Black-Bellied pangolin

Help save the African pangolin

At least 10 000 pangolins are trafficked out of Africa every year, according to Catherine Ritchie, marketing and communications manager of the newly launched NGO, Pangolin.Africa.
Australia’s biggest live sheep exporter loses its licence

Australia’s biggest live sheep exporter loses its licence

Australia’s Department of Agriculture has suspended the licence of an unnamed live sheep exporter, it has said in a statement.

Why cutting horses are useful

Certain horse breeds have an inborn ability to separate a cow from a herd, a trait that makes them a valuable partner on a farm, says Dr Mac.

Community’s dedication helps turtles thrive

In the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve in southern Mozambique, the local community are included in conservation efforts: they closely monitor turtles and fish catches, and ensure that poaching...

Profiting from indigenous livestock

John Schenk and Fiona Lees are focused on the timber industry near Hogsback, but started a part-time agricultural venture near Elliot in 2004. Despite committing to Nguni cattle, their willingness...

Diesel tree: fuel for the alternative energy sector

Christo Smit, a former researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, is working on developing a sustainable biofuel industry from the diesel tree.

Carrots: get your numbers right!

Hot weather is unfavourable for carrot germination. Depending on the soil’s condition and structure, it also promotes the growth of soil fungus diseases, especially when heavy rain falls, as is...

Preparing to plant carrots: seeds and soil

Carrots have a very deep root system and a mass of fine feeder roots.
Innovative, sustainable aquaponics production in Berlin

Innovative, sustainable aquaponics production in Berlin

With arable land under increasing pressure, there is a strong push to use urban space in new ways to help meet the demand for food and fibre. Lloyd Phillips visited...
Hippo Mills turn 90!

Hippo Mills turn 90!

The Hippo hammer mill was launched at the 1928 Pietermaritzburg Royal Show. Joe Spencer takes a closer look at the company.

Enzootic abortion, brucellosis and other conditions can seriously reduce the lambing rate. It’s crucial to act swiftly to bring these...
Fasciolosis, also known as liver fluke, occurs throughout South Africa, can cause many problems in cattle.
To be profitable, a dairy herd must be in good shape. It’s therefore crucial to be able to recognise a...
When rounding off cattle for slaughter, you can either grow and mix feed on the farm or buy ready-mixed feed....

Can agriculture really create jobs?

Can agriculture really create jobs?

After reading the report ‘Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa’, which was published earlier this year by the World Bank, I started wondering whether we have begun taking for...
Building a farm manager's home in phases

Building a farm manager’s home in phases

In this instalment of HillbillyHomes, a client requests a design for an affordable, three-bedroom home that is small but comfortable.
Buffalo on the Luvuvhu River

Training the future guardians of our natural environment

EcoTraining, a South Africa-based company, has helped more than 11 000 people from around the world qualify as nature guides, and its graduates are sought after by the ecotourism industry....

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