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Contributing to the growth of black dairy farmers

Contributing to the growth of dairy farmers

As a member and former president of Milk SA, Tsitsikamma dairy farmer Nigel Lok explains that 25% of the statutory levy commercial dairy farmers pay to Milk SA goes to...
Personalised banking relationships are essential for farmers

Personalised banking relationships are essential for farmers

Tsitsikamma dairy farmer, Nigel Lok, has 920 Holsteins producing 25 000ℓ of milk per day, and a total herd of 1 800 cows.
Tea importer’s modern business plan for a classic product

Tea importer’s modern business plan for a classic product

Consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding varied flavours and health benefits from tea. Meeting this demand is what German-based Teehaus Shila excels at. Lloyd Phillips spoke to deputy manager Arpan Chatterjee...
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...
Top new grain farmer: from working on a farm to running one

Top new grain farmer: from working on a farm to running...

Grain SA’s 2017 New Era Farmer of the Year, Thulo Mahlatsi, ascribes his success to hard work, careful planning, financial accountability and sound mentoring.
Veld to plate: Profiting from beef exports

Veld to plate: Profiting from beef exports

Not all cuts of beef are considered equal, and where in the world you eat your steak also determines how much you pay. Namibian farming economics consultant Dr Helmke Sartorius...
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 digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The cost of farm machinery is a major challenge for small-scale and commercial farmers. Nick Hoffman, general manager at Linebooker, and Jehiel Oliver, creator of Hello Tractor, explain how new...
Witzenberg PALS is serious about land reform

Witzenberg PALS is serious about land reform

While farmers in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg district initially started Witzenberg PALS to boost black farm ownership in the region, the company is now also involved in transformation in other...
Small-herd stud farming is big business in Canada

Small-herd stud farming is big business in Canada

Small commercial beef producers and stud breeders make up a large and valuable part of Canada’s cattle value chain. While in Alberta, Gerhard Uys, who recently visited Farm Fair International,...
Top female entrepreneur winning over the wine industry

Top female entrepreneur winning over the wine industry

Berene Damons, the department of agriculture’s 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the agro-processing category, started work at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards 17 years ago. Promoted almost immediately to...
From a tiny plot to a thriving commercial farm

From a tiny plot to a thriving commercial farm

Former extension officer, Sithembele Malgas, started farming in the Idutywa area of the former Transkei in 1990. Today, he produces cabbages, spinach and butternut in rotation on 3,5ha under irrigation...

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