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The agriculture sector survived a year of rising uncertainty in 2018, but with the national election and the threat of...
Robert Patson of Happy Land Farm in Kyalami believes free-range chickens not only hold the answer to healthy food, but...
Rather than take away land currently being farmed by successful commercial farmers in South Africa, the Minister of Finance, Tito...
National Rooibos Day: celebrating one of SA’s favourite exports

National Rooibos Day: celebrating one of SA’s favourite exports

Numerous health benefits have been ascribed to rooibos tea, making it not only a firm favourite among South African tea drinkers, but also across the world.
Mitigating the impact of Lesotho’s wool woes on SA industry

Mitigating the impact of Lesotho’s wool woes on SA industry

It is expected that the loss of the Lesotho wool and mohair clip, due to new legislation in that country, would have a negative impact on the bottom line of...
McDonald’s wants to reduce antibiotics use in beef production

McDonald’s wants to reduce antibiotics use in beef production

International fast food company, McDonald’s, recently announced plans to work more closely with its beef suppliers worldwide in an effort to decrease the use of antibiotics in livestock production by...

A practical software solution for wildlife data management

Data from species and environmental monitoring is often hard to translate into real-world management solutions. Conservationists Dr Pieter Olivier, Andrew Purdon and Michael Mole are solving this challenge with practical...

Want a more profitable dairy? Take care of your calves!

Three key factors can reduce calf mortalities and boost milk yield: correct hygienic practice in calf cages, control of Cryptosporidium parvum, and implementing a colostrum programme. Specialist veterinarian Dr Chris...

Lipizzaner stallions in South Africa

Lipizzaners, well known for their high-level dressage displays, originated more than four centuries ago. However, the breed continues to amaze, says Dr Mac.

How old tyres can stop soil erosion in its tracks

Researchers have estimated that, over the past four decades, the world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution. Solutions are constantly being sought. Frans...

Adaptation key to vegetable farmer’s sustainable growth

Viking Farming near East London in the Eastern Cape is a small but intensive vegetable operation that supplies supermarkets and processors across the Eastern Cape and even the Western Cape....

New commercial farmer invests in asparagus

Up-and-coming commercial farmer Daniel Maqala is diversifying further by investing in asparagus. Sabrina Dean visited him to find out more about his journey so far.
ClemenGold mandarins

Cultivar branding: a game changer for growers

Fresh produce branding is gaining momentum as farmers seek to ensure a market for their fruit in an industry where supply is dramatically increasing. The success of the ClemenGold mandarin...
Kuhn Assembly

A visit to Kuhn’s vast implement factory in France

Rovic Leers dealers and farmer customers were recently taken on a tour of Kuhn’s impressive factory in Severn, France.
Breeding is not always the best way to make money in livestock farming. You might profit more by buying young...
Rest and nutrition are both key to ensuring conception, good health and maximum profit.
If branding is carried out poorly, it can lead to infection, muscle damage, and brands that are difficult to read....
Administering a vaccine to your animals will cost you money. But not vaccinating them will cost you much more.

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How recording ewes reproduction boosts fertility

How recording ewes reproduction boosts fertility

Recording the reproduction of your ewe flocks during each breeding season will help you identify potential fertility problems.
Cutting propagation made easy!

Cutting propagation made easy!

Many people think that growing new plants or trees from cuttings should be left to qualified horticulturists. In fact, this technique is relatively simple, says Shane Brody.
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.
Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Time for Africa to treat agriculture as a business

Rural economies in Africa have become zones of economic misery. According to Dr Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, stimulating economic growth in these areas through agriculture and...
Farm shop design

Farm shop with food and entertainment

Jonno designs a farm shop that includes a shisa nyama/braai area; an entertainment hall/restaurant, a car wash and filling station.
The heart-shaped pan

Hunting traditionally with the Khomani San

The Khomani San of the Kalahari are revered for their intimate knowledge of bush lore. Now they’re practising these skills commercially and offering hunting packages on the vast tracts of...

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