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Fightback from major role players in South Africa’s tobacco value chain, together with some civil rights organisations, against government’s ongoing...
David Rakgase of Rakgase Farms in Limpopo makes use of crossbreeding to improve carcass weight. He explained to Siyanda Sishuba...
The livestock auction industry in South Africa has suffered major setbacks during the past six months.

Dairy farmers urged to ‘be cautious’ and ‘not chase volumes’

The South African market is currently able to absorb the volumes of unprocessed milk being produced across the country, despite the lockdown restrictions and high feed prices, which has had...

Relief funds dry up as Namibian drought continues unabated

Large parts of Namibia remain in the grips of a brutal drought, with the last significant rainfall reported in the far southern region a decade ago.

Investment in cannabis a global challenge during COVID-19

As the world finds itself facing a sharp economic downturn due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, access to capital will continue to be a challenge for the cannabis industry.

Breeding for optimal efficiency yields greener dairy herds

A recent report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows that the global dairy industry is already part of the solution to address climate change....

Free State farmer shares lessons on ultra-high-density grazing

There are a number of tools that can contribute to successful sustainable agriculture, provided farmers use them strategically. Danie Slabbert, one such South African farmer, explains how he is using...

Reduce heat stress in poultry with vitamin C supplementation

High environmental temperature is the most common stressor of chickens in South Africa.

Feeding your sheep sorghum

Sorghum makes excellent fodder for livestock and can cope with dry conditions better than most other grain crops.

Beefmaster breeder’s quest for optimal returns on investment

The success of a livestock breeding concern depends on choosing a breed that makes economic sense and optimises return on investment. For a part-time farmer, an additional requirement is that...

A new approach to facial nerve paralysis

Electro-acupuncture is now being used as a therapeutic aid to assist in facial nerve regeneration. Dr Mac takes a closer look at the technique.

How to improve the oil yield of a sunflower crop

Dr Safiah Ma’Ali, a senior researcher at the Agricultural Research Council’s Grain Crops Institute, outlines a recent South Africa study demonstrating that farmers can significantly improve sunflower oil content and...

Cashing in on the expanding plant extracts market

Planting alternative crops for the extracts or essential oil market can be profitable, but it’s no easy road to riches. Pietersarel de Bruyn of Herbs Aplenty spoke to Glenneis Kriel...

Sugar cane farmer’s five steps to bring his soil back to life

The negative effects of more than 170 years of monocropping with sugar cane in South Africa are starting to appear. KwaZulu-Natal sugar cane farmer Deon Schröder explains what these are,...

How to start a vegetable farm

Starting a small vegetable farm on, say, 2ha, is generally easier than livestock farming. But the cost, and success, of the enterprise depends on the type of crop, the market...

The importance of planning

Planning goes hand in hand with record-keeping. You need to have the figures from past production in order to plan ahead effectively.

Large-scale composting turns waste into healthy soil

Over the years, composting guru Redge Jelliman has produced thousands of tons of compost as organic fertiliser for his crop farming enterprise in the Free State. Now semi-retired from farming,...

Stats SA says thank you to the commercial farming community

The 2017 Census of Commercial Agriculture by Statistics South Africa showed that the total number of farming units involved in commercial agriculture in that year 2017 was 40 122, and...

John Deere delivering real solutions in real time

With full aftermarket service and rapid response times, John Deere ensures peace of mind for farmers.
This indigenous fat-rumped meat breed does well in arid semi-desert, savanna bushveld and coastal spekboom veld. The lambs mature early.
Keeping sheep and cattle in top shape requires careful management and a balancing act between eliminating vectors and avoiding resistance...
This sexually transmitted disease could be the reason your lamb crop is smaller than expected. Roelof Bezuidenhout offers advice on...

Basic chicken care

Chickens must be provided with a warm, dry sleeping area, and plenty of fresh, clean water.

Managing wireworm

A vaccine against wireworm has become a vital tool in helping to control the disease and thereby reduce contamination of...

Boer goat facts and figures

The Boer goat, which is bred primarily for meat, is farmed very effectively in combination with cattle due to its...
This locally developed, dual-purpose meat and white wool breed thrives in semi-arid regions.
This breed matures early, producing meat with a high ratio of lean meat to fat. This makes it an attractive...

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Special COVID-19 Report – Smallholders

The focus of our special Covid-19 pandemic Weekly Wrap podcast series now turns to smallholder and emerging farmers, and the impact of Covid-19, and related restrictions on trade, on these...

Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 1

In this special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO Agbiz, about how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected agribusiness...

Special Covid-19 Report – Fresh Produce

In this special edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, about the ‘new normal’ for fresh produce markets and market...

COVID-19 lessons for agriculture

As the South African economy limps its way through the various lockdown levels, all of which are aimed at slowing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rate, we’re getting to learn...
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.
self-catering accommodation

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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