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These past two years have been some of the toughest ever for SA agribusinesses hit by supply constraints due to...
Despite extremely dry conditions, Ceres Valley farmer, Retief du Toit, recently succeeded in producing his two best harvests ever. He...
Many isolated regions in South Africa struggle with unreliable Internet access. To solve the problem in his area, Barkly East...
Macadamia production slowly bouncing back

Macadamia production slowly bouncing back

Despite adequate rain in many of South Africa’s macadamia-producing regions, production was taking longer than expected to return to normal.
SA company aims to improve Mozambican chicken production

SA company aims to improve Mozambican chicken production

A 50/50 partnership between South Africa’s Philafrica Foods and Mozambique’s Novos Horizontes was aiming to improve chicken production and supply within the borders of Mozambique.
Holographic cow improves learning experience

Holographic cow improves learning experience

UK researchers have developed interactive hologram imagery of cattle to enliven bovine anatomy teaching at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Teaching beginners to ride safely

It’s possible to mitigate the risks without taking the fun out of riding, says Dr Mac.

Helping a horse recover from injury

A good deal of supportive treatment is required to treat a physical injury, such as a tendon strain and soft tissue damage. Kim Dyson explains how to go about this...

Lack of land hampers top developing farmers

Zolani Tyali and his son Mandange recently won the 2017 Unistel SA Stud Book Elite Developing Farmer award. Mike Burgess visited them on their farm in the Eastern Cape to...

The benefits of soya bean production in South Africa

Gerhard Scholtemeijer, Protein Research Foundation chairperson, is an ardent advocate for soya bean production in South Africa, and has promoted the crop for the past 20 years. He spoke to...

Do your homework before starting tomato production

Producing tomatoes is expensive and can make or break a farmer. If you plan to grow this crop, first do your homework and investigate its economic viability.

Cucumber farming: volume and quality trump shrinking margins

Over the past 15 years, Alan and Russell Heger have grown their farming operation into a major supplier of cucumbers in the Eastern Cape. Grant Hollins spoke to this father-and-son...
Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Biorefining: a value-adding opportunity for SA agriculture

Science is increasingly finding ways to convert what was historically considered waste from agriculture, into beneficial products from renewable resources. Prof Annegret Stark outlines the opportunity that biorefining biomass presents...
Two-row planter imported by RY Agri.

Finding the right implement to match your tractor

Looking for implements for a smaller tractor? Joe Spencer discusses a number of options.
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South Africa’s sheep and wool industry needs experts to maintain the current high standard of sheep classing.
The meat of younger slaughter animals usually sells for a higher price on the market, but carcass shape and fat...
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,...
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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...
Farming’s darkest challenge

Farming’s darkest challenge

When we speak about the challenges of farming, we almost invariably talk about economic difficulties such as the cost-price squeeze and attaining economies of scale.
An off-grid, private ocean view

An off-grid, private ocean view

Mark and Estelle bought a private development in Port Edward, and with the help of Jonno, require a three-bedroom home facing the ocean.
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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