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Willem, Jaco and Kolver Mulke produce onions on a large scale near Douglas on the border between the Free State...
The boom in nut prices in recent years is expected to continue as consumers opt for healthier foods. This has...
Gugulethu Zondi, the Agricultural Research Council’s 2016 National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year, says that farming should be treated...
Courts order municipalities to adhere to commonage rules

Courts order municipalities to adhere to commonage rules

Two recent court rulings on commonages have outlined the rights of those using the areas, as well as the responsibilities of official custodians.
Harare Agricultural Show

Harare Agricultural Show bigger than last year’s event

The Harare Agricultural Show, Zimbabwe’s biggest farming exhibition, started on 27 August 2018, with 575 local and foreign exhibitors participating.
Hygiene is the top food concern among UK consumers

Hygiene is the top food concern among UK consumers

A Food Standards Agency survey among consumers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland found that food hygiene was the top food safety concern for UK consumers when eating out.

Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Dr Fambies van Biljon, veterinarian at Sovereign Foods, talks to Glenneis Kriel about the crucial need to establish a well-run biosecurity programme at a poultry production facility.

Small Simmentaler stud takes on the country’s best

The size of an operation counts less than dedication, persistence, insight and quality genetics. Operating on a modestly-sized parcel of land minutes from suburban Pretoria, the performance of Hans Franck’s...

Severing the umbilical cord

As a rule, you should avoid tying off the umbilical cord after birth. However, if very heavy bleeding occurs, it’s time to act, advises Dr Mac.

Making the most of calcium as a soil and plant nutrient

Despite being a vitally important element for optimal crop production, calcium is often largely undervalued by farmers and agronomists. Plant health expert Heather Raymond explains why this outlook needs to...

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.
Roger Jorgensen’s gin

Fynbos and buchu: making SA craft gins unique

Craft gin has quickly become one of the most popular drinks in South Africa, and producers are struggling to keep up with local demand. Keri Harvey spoke to craft gin...
Dezzi three-wheeler cane-loader

Local manufacturers seen at Royal Show

Every year, the Royal Show features exhibitors and agricultural equipment quite different from those at Nampo. The Royal Show is also a showcase for smaller and local manufacturers.
An overview of eperythrozoonosis, Clostridium perfringens Type C, ascariosis and Glasser’s disease.
Recording the reproduction of your ewe flocks during each breeding season will help you identify potential fertility problems.
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.

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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...
Land: access vs ownership

Land: access vs ownership

The one crucial point that should not be forgotten by all the organisations and political parties representing, or claiming to represent, the interests of various civil society groupings is the...
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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