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Let me start by apologising to all the civil servants working for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF),...
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has confirmed that the list containing the names of 195 farms...
Derek Ralfe of Up George Bonsmaras has sold the Bonsmara bull, LAR 14 173, for a record price of R1,8...
Agri SA, Agbiz to meet with ANC

Agri SA, Agbiz to meet government to discuss land issue

Representatives from Agri SA and Agbiz were scheduled to meet with top ANC officials on Tuesday, 21 August, in what has been termed a series of many meetings yet to...
The Black-Bellied pangolin

Help save the African pangolin

At least 10 000 pangolins are trafficked out of Africa every year, according to Catherine Ritchie, marketing and communications manager of the newly launched NGO, Pangolin.Africa.
New Chinese hatchery to produce 60 million chicks annually

New Chinese hatchery to produce 60 million chicks annually

A new hatchery for layer hens, the Huayu International Poultry Incubation Centre in Handan in China’s Hebei Province, said to be the largest in the world, is expected to produce...

Top Limousin stud’s ‘simple strategy’ for success

Multi-award-winning Limousin stud breeder John Devonport says that a simple and practical approach makes business sense when breeding top cattle.

Cushioned overshoes for horses

In the US, Soft-Ride boots are often used to make a horse more comfortable on a hard floor, such as in a stable or a horsebox. South African owners should...

The divide between knowledge and experience

Many experts have the theoretical knowledge, but fail to put themselves in the shoes of the rural, small-scale fish farmer.

Pecan nut farming: high cost, big returns

The boom in nut prices in recent years is expected to continue as consumers opt for healthier foods. This has increasingly led to farmers replacing their crops with nut trees....

A guide to growing baby carrots

There’s always a market for baby vegetables, and carrots are no exception. In the past, top-shaped baby carrots were the most popular in the frozen range.

How Free State maize farmer survived the drought

Sabrina Dean visited maize farmer AC van Wyk on his farm in the Free State, to gain some insight into how an award-winning farmer tackles a difficult planting season.
Make more money with your livestock

Make more money with your livestock

It is pointless running any business if there is no commitment to achieving profits in a sustainable manner. Dr Michael Bradfield, CEO of both AgriBSA and Wagyu South Africa, highlighted...
Valtra S4

Meet the new Valtra S374

The powerful, versatile and fuel-efficient S374 tractor was the centre of attention at Valtrac’s Nampo stand.
Hippo Mills turn 90!

Hippo Mills turn 90!

Enzootic abortion, brucellosis and other conditions can seriously reduce the lambing rate. It’s crucial to act swiftly to bring these...
Fasciolosis, also known as liver fluke, occurs throughout South Africa, can cause many problems in cattle.
To be profitable, a dairy herd must be in good shape. It’s therefore crucial to be able to recognise a...
When rounding off cattle for slaughter, you can either grow and mix feed on the farm or buy ready-mixed feed....

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Attracting investors to Africa

Attracting investors to Africa

For Africa to attract investment to the agricultural sector, it needs a stable policy environment that allows trade to flow, according to Dr Doaa Abdel-Motaal, trade specialist and former deputy...
‘Land reform: SA needs to learn from other African examples’

‘Land reform: SA needs to learn from other African examples’

We need to connect the land debate in South Africa, specifically in terms of land expropriation without compensation, to how land has been governed and is governed elsewhere in Africa.
Weathering the storm of global trade turmoil

Weathering the storm of global trade turmoil

The major power players in the world such as the US, the EU, China and India hold very divergent positions with regard to trade from those held by developing nations...
How do we attract women to agriculture?

How do we attract women to agriculture?

This week we celebrate National Women’s Day in South Africa, and I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to say to, and about women in...
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.
Game lodge

How to profit from a small hunting operation

Johann Erwee of Kuduwane Game Lodge provided Gerhard Uys with insights into what it takes to keep a small hunting operation economically sustainable, and its environment ecologically sound.

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