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Learn about beef BLUP basics

Producers use breeding values to determine the long-term value of certain animals to their herds.
Alwyn Viljoen is the production manager of Zaytoon Farms, which is situated on the outskirts of Mbombela and is the...
Willem, Jaco and Kolver Mulke produce onions on a large scale near Douglas on the border between the Free State...
Fallout from listeriosis outbreak still lingering – study

Fallout from listeriosis outbreak still lingering – study

Despite Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, recently announcing that the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa was official over, Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was still present in ready-to-eat meat samples obtained from rural...
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Namibian agriculture: shortage of skills, lack of diversification

Agriculture in Namibia presents great opportunities for economic growth, employment creation, food security and poverty eradication.
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World Food Day highlights zero hunger goal

Every year on 16 October, World Food Day is commemorated, which forms part of World Food Week from 15 – 19 October, with this year's theme titled ‘Our actions are...

Top Sussex breeder’s extreme measures to beat stock theft

Linden Hewson owns the 2017 Farmer’s Weekly/ARC National Best Elite Sussex cow. This achievement is significant, as the Grey Maclean Stud near East London has been kraaled every night since...

Scientific selection in beef cattle breeding

Breeding beef cattle for greater efficiency and sustained profit is both a science and an art, says Arlington farmer Llewellyn Angus.

Inherited night blindness

Reduced vision at night and a reluctance to enter dark stables in the daytime may be associated with night blindness, says 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...

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.
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Niche farming: Organic seed production in the Sandveld

After venturing into the organic fresh market, the owners of Sandveld Organics on the West Coast created a niche for themselves in the organic seed market. Susi Engelbrecht spoke to...
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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.
Most cattle sold through abattoirs are feedlotted. This article looks at the basics of feedlotting and how an operator can...
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...

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Good management: key to poultry farming success

Producing above the norm is attainable with well-managed hens, says poultry and mixed farming producer Erik Naudé.
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How to become a successful poultry farmer

The road to becoming a successful poultry farmer is littered with obstacles, but it is possible.
5 ways poultry producers can combat E. coli

5 ways poultry producers can combat E. coli

E. coli is potentially fatal to hens and can prove disastrous for a producer. Dr Bernie Beckman, a technical services director at poultry genetics company Hy-Line International, explained at a...
Women in agriculture are key to boosting food security

Women in agriculture are key to boosting food security

Food and nutrition insecurity remains a major problem worldwide. Alan Dangour, Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains how...
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 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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