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With competition fierce in South Africa’s vegetable production arena, finding clients and then adapting to their requirements are essential for...
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...

Developing grain farmer programme shows positive results

There are currently 24 successful producers who can be deemed sustainable black commercial farmers in the grain and oilseeds industry in South Africa.
Zimbabwean cannabis production: only a few to benefit

Zimbabwean cannabis production: only a few to benefit

It appears that only a handful of farmers will be able to cash in on the new opportunities generated by Zimbabwe’s legalisation of cannabis production for medicinal and scientific purposes.

Call for participants in soil health indicator project

The Soil Health Institute in the US has announced the first steps towards creating standard measurements for soil health.

The indigenous Kolbroek pig – a South African success story

South Africa’s indigenous Kolbroek breed is ideal for contributing to food security in rural areas, according to Wessel Pistorius, a Kolbroek breeder near Magaliesburg. The modern animal, bred from a...

Controlling worms in horses

Experience over the past two years has demonstrated the value of monitoring egg counts in manure. This is key to planning an effective worm control programme, says Dr Mac.

Know your Tilapia strains

Nile tilapia has become the species of choice for global commercial aquaculture after years of selective breeding.

From fruit hawker to successful lemon exporter

Although Wayne Mansfield made useful connections in the fruit industry as a hawker, he knew little about farming.

How to control cucurbit viruses

It is also important to control aphids as these are the primary vectors of viruses. Apart from spreading viruses, they are up to no good anyway!

‘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...
How to handle 240 000 eggs a day

How to handle 240 000 eggs a day

Marco Torsius is one of the founding members of commercial egg supplier TopLay, and a member of the egg committee of the SA Poultry Association. Sabrina Dean visited him to...
Case IH introduces a new Patriot sprayer

Case IH introduces a new Patriot sprayer

Northmec is conducting a series of demonstrations of the latest addition to the Case IH Patriot self-propelled sprayer range.
When rounding off cattle for slaughter, you can either grow and mix feed on the farm or buy ready-mixed feed....
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...

Special focus #Nampo2018

The danger of policy uncertainty

Policy certainty formed the root of successful land reform. This was according to Simba Makoni, who had been the minister of finance and economic development in former President Robert Mugabe...
Get ready for Nampo 2018

Nampo Park abuzz ahead of largest agri sector showcase

The organisers of Nampo, one of the largest agricultural exhibitions in South Africa, say the premises near Bothaville in the Free State are already a hive of activity as exhibitors...

Nampo survival guide

If this year marks your first agricultural pilgrimage to Nampo Harvest Day, read the following tips to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience.

Crime – what SA is best known for?

In the past few weeks I have travelled to a number of countries and met journalists, farmers and agribusiness professionals from all over the world.
A cosy garden hideaway

A cosy garden hideaway

Avid Farmer's Weekly readers Bashi and his wife want to build a small, thatched rondavel in a quiet corner of their existing property.
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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