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At the time she was awarded a piggery by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Betty Nyambi knew...
A group of former commercial farmers in Zimbabwe recently lodged a R1,9 billion compensation claim against the South African government...
It is often assumed that implementing no-till production is the immediate next step towards restoring degraded soils. Not so, says...
Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe

Agri SA fights back against Mantashe’s fracking appeal

National agricultural union Agri SA has assured its members and the general public that it will continue its fight to have the potential exploration for and mining of South Africa’s...
Drought devastates Namibia in first quarter of 2019

Drought devastates Namibia in first quarter of 2019

The devastating effect of the drought in Namibia is clearly illustrated in the Namibia Agricultural Union’s (NAU) first quarter review for 2019.
€100 million in Brexit compensation for Irish beef farmers

€100 million in Brexit compensation for Irish beef farmers

Beef farmers in Ireland will be receiving €100 million (about R1,62 billion) in aid to compensate them for falling beef prices due to Brexit-related uncertainties, changes to the value of...

Debate about humane killing of fish rages on

Compared with most other agricultural industries in South Africa, the farmed fish industry is in its infancy. With no legal framework yet in place, fish farmers and animal welfare organisations...

Managing high nitrate levels in paddocks

High nitrate levels acidify the soil, leading to an abundance of weeds. Dr Mac explains how to manage this, and prevent it from occurring.

Beefing up cattle using the continuous grazing system

While intensive and fast-rotation beef grazing systems are becoming more popular in South Africa, the Duminies of Duminy Boerdery in Vryheid have stuck by their extensive continuous grazing system. They...

Tissue-cultured bananas: uniform and high-yielding

Establishing a healthy orchard starts with choosing the correct plant material. In South Africa’s only laboratory of its type, banana plants are cultivated from tissue culture to produce clones that...

Financial planning: crucial to sustainable production

To weather the impact of market fluctuations and extreme climatic conditions, producers have to think strategically about farming. Pieter de Jager spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his strategy.

How to grow Swiss chard at home

Swiss chard can either be sown directly or transplanted. Both methods have their pros and cons.
Safari by Bata

Safari by Bata: Built for work. Styled for play. Made to...

The Safari boot takes you effortlessly from the farm to your desk, and on to the urban jungle. It’s a shoe that’s hard-working, classic and contemporary, and easily affordable.
Case Puma 240 tractor fitted with TractAir’s central tyre inflation system

On-the-go tyre pressure control

TractAir introduced its central tyre inflation system at the recent LAMMA Show in the UK. The system enables the operator to adjust tyre pressure from the cab.
A widespread problem in sub-Saharan Africa, bovine brucellosis can cripple a cattle or dairy farming operation. As no cure is...
Intestinal worms are a serious problem for communal farmers, and community management protocols have therefore become increasingly important.
Selling hides can add to your overall profit margin, so it pays to protect them.
Animal health is a cornerstone of successful farming, and at some point all livestock farmers need to inject their animals....

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Free-range chicken

Free-range chickens: Part-time farmer’s success on rented land

Robert Patson of Happy Land Farm in Kyalami believes free-range chickens not only hold the answer to healthy food, but that his model of farming could help alleviate poverty for...
Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Dr Fambies van Biljon, veterinarian at Sovereign Foods, talks to Glenneis Kriel about the crucial need to establish a well-run biosecurity programme at a poultry production facility.
Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

It’s crucial for a broiler producer to get floor management right. This will improve the birds’ physical environment, reduce disease and result in better quality broilers. So says free-range poultry...
Who should you vote in the general election on 8 May?

Who should you vote for in the general election on 8 May?

From halting agricultural imports to bringing agriculture back to schools and the gathering of a great many minds for a land CODESA, these proposals are all contained in the many...
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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