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Henning Vorster sold a SA Mutton Merino ram for a South African record price of R110 000 at the National...
There is no one-size-fits-all recipe for growing pumpkins. This is especially true of spacing, where many factors have to be...
Selecting a bull that will significantly improve a herd can be a daunting task, especially for a new buyer. At...
DAFF DG Mike Mlengana back at work

DAFF DG Mike Mlengana back at work

Mike Mlengana said he could not wait to get back to work after a high court ruling found his suspension as Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries...
Africa blocks SA processed meat products due to listeriosis

Africa blocks SA processed meat products due to listeriosis

Fifteen African countries have recalled certain processed meat products as a result of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.
Severe weather conditions exacerbate Irish fodder crisis

Severe weather conditions exacerbate Irish fodder crisis

After a long and extremely wet winter, farmers in Ireland are being faced with a fodder crisis, as they do not have nearly enough feed to supply their herds this...

Eastern Cape’s world-class student Angora stud

The Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute (GADI) Student Angora Stud is accustomed to accolades; it produced, for example, the South African Champion Ram at the 2009 International Mohair Summit in Graaff-Reinet....

Opening a gate from horseback

It’s convenient to be able to open farm gates without dismounting. Here’s how to teach your horse the trick. Be prepared, though, to invest a bit of time and patience,...

Sustainability in pasture-based dairy farming

One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the...

‘Quality drives demand’ – SA potato farmer of the year

Syngenta Potato Farmer of the Year 2017, Nico Wagner of Wilnick Boerdery, employs various efficiency measures to ensure profitability, and the quality of his produce ensures a stable demand from...

Witlof: a new entrant to SA’s leafy vegetables market

Witlof, also known as Belgian endive, is a notoriously difficult vegetable to grow, but Koue Bokkeveld grower Fanie van der Merwe has mastered the art, producing 1t of witlof a...

Smarter ways to irrigate sugar cane

South Africa’s irrigated sugar cane farming region was hard hit by the recent drought. This prompted Dr Abraham Singels, principal agronomist at the SA Sugarcane Research Institute, and his colleagues...
Obsession drives traditional bow crafter

International success for SA bow maker

Based in the Eastern Cape, Warrick Harvey has rapidly built an international reputation as a crafter of exceptional bows. Mike Burgess spoke to him about his life-long love of archery.
The Phieldtek PCN210 from Keith Mount Liming.

Top innovators at LAMMA 2018

There were more than 80 entries for the ‘Awards for Innovation’ at the annual LAMMA Show in the UK in January. Joe Spencer takes a look at the winners.
A number of diseases and conditions can result in cattle and other ruminants being unable to stand up.
Manure can be used to produce biogas, electricity and fertiliser. In the process, you will recycle nutrients and increase profits...
Many novice farmers make the mistake of not starting off with the best possible animals in terms of genetics and...
Herd health should focus on prevention rather than cure. Chris Nel spoke to Piet Wolmarans about his practical, down-to-earth animal...

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Diversifying your income with UK retirement investments

Diversifying your income with UK retirement investments

The repo rate in South Africa has been slashed from 6.75% to 6.5%. Typically, a decrease in interest rates causes house price growth, so it’s great news for the property...
Community of property or antenuptial? Which option is best

Community of property or antenuptial? Which option is best

Many of us look forward to the day when the ‘question is popped’ and preparations for the big day begin. However deciding to get married entails far more than planning...
Should you nominate a beneficiary on a retirement annuity?

Should you nominate a beneficiary on a retirement annuity?

Nominating a person as a beneficiary on a RA is not a guarantee the person will receive the full benefit intended for them. Careful consideration needs to be given to...
Stock theft threatens growth in SA’s goat value chain

Stock theft threatens growth in SA’s goat value chain

While common across South Africa, goats remain a largely untapped resource for poverty alleviation and rural development. But efforts to remedy the situation are being undermined by the widespread theft...

A 5-star country accommodation

I was recently called out to a tourist development site in the Cradle of Humankind in North West. The proposed development offers comfort, convenience, and the aesthetics of living in...
Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape

National parks for all seasons!

Experience South Africa’s national parks when they are at their best this coming year, says Taryn Arnott van Jaarsveld and René de Klerk.

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