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The Ugandan Ankole breed could offer many advantages for the local market. SA deputy president and Ankole stud breeder, Cyril...
Amaranth has a high nutrient value and is a popular superfood worldwide. Because it can withstand harsh climatic conditions, it...
For the most profitable results, get to know the basics of cattle reproduction and herd management.
Help requested for farmers in ‘critically dry’ Eastern Cape

Help requested for farmers in ‘critically dry’ Eastern Cape

Large numbers of farmers in KwaZulu-Natal have reached out to their counterparts in drought-stricken Eastern Cape, donating thousands of bales of fodder, including sugar cane residue.
Lesotho grants SA company medicinal marijuana grower's licence

Lesotho grants SA company medicinal marijuana grower’s licence

Lesotho has granted one of its first licences for the production of medical marijuana to South African company, Verve Dynamics. The company has a branch in Lesotho.
Project to grow India’s world-leading dairy industry

Project to grow India’s world-leading dairy industry

The Indian government approved a Rs108,8 billion (R22,4 billion) 12-year plan, from 2017/2018 to 2028/2029, to grow its dairy industry, already the largest in the world.

Bovine respiratory disease complex

Bovine respiratory disease is caused by several pathogenic organisms. It can lead to substantial economic loss in feedlots.

How to succeed with small-scale chicken farming

Glenneis Kriel spoke to poultry industry experts about the challenges facing small-scale producers and ways in which these can be overcome.

Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

With the welfare of farm animals under close scrutiny in Europe, farmers there are increasingly utilising technologies and systems that balance animals’ well-being with profitability. Lloyd Phillips recently toured a...

Expert tips on producing better silage

Grant Pringle, an agronomist with Pannar Seed, tells Lloyd Phillips how a farmer can get the best out of a silage maize crop by using the correct planting and management...

How to fertilise a crop correctly

Readers frequently ask me for specific fertiliser programmes for their crops. I would happily oblige if all crops were the same!

New cultivars & production methods for guava industry

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...
Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

When a group of Letsitele citrus farmers could no longer afford packaging material, they started making it themselves. Today, their business is a major industry supplier. By Alita van der...
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A right royal display of farming equipment

The Royal Agricultural Society is well-known amongst local farmers for hosting one of the most comprehensive agricultural shows in SA. The 2017 Royal Show was no different, writes Joe Spencer.
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The Santa Gertrudis is a hardy, medium-framed, short-haired animal, and well adapted to a variety of climatic conditions.
The methods and time of weaning play a vital role in beef production by influencing the weaning weight of calves,...
Given the high cost of supplements, is it worth feeding lambs on veld? A recent study provides some answers, says...
Although an animal with hoof problems may be able to function normally, malformed hooves can have an impact on production...
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Special focus on hydroponics

Simple and effective ways to beat the heat and the frost

Simple and effective ways to beat the heat and the frost

Prof Gert Venter discusses an affordable, easy-to-implement measure to protect a crop from extreme weather. No fuel or electricity is used, resulting in considerable cost savings.
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Hydroponics: basic mistakes and how to avoid them

In the second instalment of our series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, highlights common mistakes made by farmers.
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Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?

In the first of a series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, explores hydroponics as a viable solution to global food security challenges, including water...
Agriculture’s labour time bomb

Agriculture’s labour time bomb

Labour relations in the farming sector made headlines again these past few weeks after news broke of an unscrupulous labour broker operating from a farm in Wesselsbron in the Free...
A large attic for student rental

A large attic for student rental

A two-bedroom practical and cost effective student accommodation situated in Stellenbosch.
Business and legal implications of an agritourism venture

Business and legal implications of an agritourism venture

Once you have conducted the necessary feasibility studies and determined the exact format of your agritourism business, the next step would be to decide on an appropriate business structure for...

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