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Farmers in the Netherlands caused an unprecedented traffic jam as they converged on The Hague in their tractors last week...
Asiphe Pentu started his small-scale broiler business with only R2 000 when he was just 17 years old and still...
Necessity inspired Anneke Loock of Bloemfontein to start earning a living from a small-scale poultry business. The lessons learnt on...
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Stone fruit production set to increase, despite drought

The South African stone fruit industry is forecasting improved volumes for the 2019/2020 season compared with last year.
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Crippling livestock losses due to Namibian drought – reports

Extreme drought conditions have reportedly claimed the lives of more than 60 000 head of livestock in Namibia so far this year. This is according to Namibian media reports citing...
Dry weather puts pressure on EU’s sugar beet harvest

Dry weather puts pressure on EU’s sugar beet harvest

As the sugar beet harvest gets underway in the EU this week, producers have expressed concern that the combination of dry weather, low prices, and restrictions on pesticide-use will negatively...

Don’t take chances: call your vet!

If your horse has any physical injury, get your veterinarian to come out and examine it. Diagnosing an injury is not always as straightforward as it may seem, cautions Dr...

How to safeguard your fish against the cold

A severe drop in water temperature can kill tilapia fish stock in an aquaculture system, and a proper heating system is the only solution.

Indigenous crossbreeding improves cows’ longevity

Cow longevity is crucial to optimal productivity in beef cattle production, says Anette Theunissen, an animal scientist based at the Vaalharts Research Station.

Tips for top-quality irrigation water for intensive cropping

Growers of irrigated crops need to have access to properly treated irrigation water. Mike Kruger, owner of Top Crop Nursery, explains how he uses flocculation and chlorination to maximise the...

Dwarf avocado trees: low-maintenance, high-yielding orchards

As fruit farmers are pushed to produce more with less, so the trend towards dwarf trees has gained momentum. Dwarf avocado trees offer the benefits of a compact orchard and...

Learning about regenerative agriculture

The implementation of regenerative agriculture principles is allowing a growing number of farmers to reduce their inputs while producing similar or even better yields than they would have produced if...
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Online Veggie Box company brings consumers closer to the farm

Few consumers properly understand how food production works or have any emotional connection with farmers and farming. This is according to Lauren Murphy, who, through her Internet-based farm produce marketing...
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The latest Case IH Austoft cane harvesters

Case IH has launched its Austoft 8010 and 8810 sugar cane harvesters on the Africa and Middle Eastern markets.
John Deere in-cab displays are vulnerable to theft, due to their ‘plug and play’ design.

John Deere’s digital security

The Kalahari Red breed has a fine head, lob ears, round horns that are bent backwards, and tender meat.
In most developing countries, salmonella is a major cause of illness and death in children under the age of five,...
Diseases can result in huge financial losses for a livestock farmer. Any potential problems should therefore be treated as soon...
Rabbits are inexpensive to keep and produce high- quality protein. They can also be housed in a small space, making...

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Designing an irrigation system according to soil type

Dr Willem de Clercq, a researcher at the Water Institute at Stellenbosch University, says that all farmers, and especially those who practise conservation agriculture, need to approach irrigation in a...
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Switching to no-till? Restore degraded soil first!

It is often assumed that implementing no-till production is the immediate next step towards restoring degraded soils. Not so, says Guy Thibaud, a veteran soil scientist with the KwaZulu-Natal Department...
Do you know how healthy your ‘soil skin’ is?

Do you know how healthy your ‘soil skin’ is?

The crucial link between soil health and optimal, sustainable crop yield is well established. Dr Neil Miles, a soil scientist with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute, explores this subject,...

Blame ANC for big farmers’ success

There were two highlights at the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa’s (TAU SA) recent annual congress in Pretoria.
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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.
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How a Klein Karoo wine and fruit farm became a tourist mecca

Instead of competing with the giant wine brands, Jacques and Saretha Conradie take advantage of the location of Vogelsang farm to put their wines and estate on the map.

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