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The pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal, being sought after for its scales for the manufacture of traditional medicine,...
Dr Enslin Coetzee and Issie Liebenberg, the owners of the ZEC Angus stud, breed for efficiency and functionality. They produced...
Livestock producers have been advised to take all possible steps to prevent Rift Valley fever outbreaks in the areas were...
Ayanda Kanana

Land Bank appoints new CEO

The Land Bank recently announced that Ayanda Kanana, CEO of the Joburg Market, is due to take up the position as CEO of the Land Bank from 2 March.

GM maize export potential as Zimbabwe lifts ban

The decision by the Zimbabwean government to lift the ban on genetically modified (GM) maize imports to increase supplies after a poor local harvest season, could benefit South African farmers.

Farmers protest subsidy cuts in show of force in Brussels

Hundreds of farmers gathered in front of the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday to protest against cuts to the budget for the common agricultural policy (CAP).

Rewards and pitfalls of communal wool production

Volumes of formally marketed communal wool in the Eastern Cape have increased from 222 610kg in the 1997/1998 season to more than five million kilograms in 2017/2018. Mike Burgess spoke...

Make money with free-range chickens

Free-range chickens take longer to raise than birds kept in a poultry house and given factory-made feed. On the other hand, they cost very little to produce and customers are...

Strict selection criteria are vital to Boerperd breeding

This popular indigenous breed is a hardy and muscular all-rounder that excels in many equestrian sports, says Dr Mac.

Value adding and ecotourism boost small blackberry farm

The owner of a small farm has to find innovative ways to remain financially viable. Natalie Turck of Wildebraam Berry Estate spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how she and her...

Ensuring that seed is disease-free

Planting seed infected by a bacterial disease could lead to complete crop failure. Rather pay more for the seed, if necessary, to ensure that it is clean. Consider the extra...

Insects: know your friends from your foes

Hannelene Badenhorst, a PhD candidate in entomology at the University of the Free State, explains the value of differentiating beneficial insects and other arthropods from harmful ones before resorting to...
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Four niche crops to boost your cash flow

Diversifying a farming operation by adding a high-income niche crop is an effective way to utilise a small piece of spare land. Lindi Botha looks at four products that are...

E-Kubota: Power and versatility at a price you can afford

Kubota has partnered with Escorts Ltd to produce the E-Kubota tractor range, which caters to all farmers, regardless of scale. These tractors are sure to find a ready market in...
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...
Ngunis have excellent breeding potential, renowned resistance to tick-borne livestock diseases, and outstanding maternal ability. But feedlots often offer unattractive...
The Kalahari Red breed has a fine head, lob ears, round horns that are bent backwards, and tender meat.

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Pigeon Pea

Research shows benefits of protein-rich pigeon pea

Unlike other legumes, the pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) has been largely neglected by science. This was according to Dr Alina Mofokeng, a researcher at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) -...
Ever considered sorghum?

Ever considered sorghum?

Grain sorghum is not just for making soft porridge; it has many other uses. Climate change has sparked renewed interest in the crop in South Africa, says Prof John Taylor...
Producing pulses: the benefits do outweigh the costs

Producing pulses: the benefits do outweigh the costs

Many SA farmers are unaware of the profitability and other benefits of pulses such as cowpea, groundnut and soya bean. As a result, these plants are neglected as crop alternatives,...

The reality ahead of SONA 2020

Many South Africans will be watching President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 12 February, some hoping against hope and some with enthusiasm and renewed...
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.
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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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