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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...
Oyster mushroom farming: an affordable start-up

Oyster mushroom farming: an affordable start-up

Yolandi Joubert’s oyster mushroom operation, launched just three years ago, is an important lesson in what passion and discipline can achieve in small-scale agriculture.
Donkey farming: opportunity or threat?

Donkey farming: opportunity or threat?

At the beginning of 2017, plans aimed at cashing in on the growing demand for donkey meat and hides were announced in North West. Glenneis Kriel reports on the viability...
ZZ2 opens doors to the subtropical fruit industry

ZZ2 opens doors to the subtropical fruit industry

With its high start-up costs and complex export rules, the subtropical fruit industry presents formidable barriers to new entrants. Alita van der Walt spoke to ZZ2’s Tommie and BJ van...
New motors from old: Boland entrepreneurs to the rescue!

New motors from old: Boland entrepreneurs to the rescue!

Replacing a burnt-out electric motor can cost a great deal, whereas rewinding it can return it to tip-top condition at much lower cost. Rashad Williams and Fa-eez Appollis spoke to...
SA’s first commercial cashmere success story

SA’s first commercial cashmere success story

Not only is indigenous iMbuzi goats’ hair used to produce cashmere at the Ivili Loboya production unit near Butterwoth, but local smallholders are also empowered.
Jaco Minnaar

Grain SA chairperson: a passionate but practical farmer

It takes a fine balancing act for Grain SA chairperson, Jaco Minnaar, to serve the interests of members while still leaving enough time to pursue his true passion – being...
Artificial insemination: ideal for communal farmers

Artificial insemination: ideal for communal farmers

Communal farmers can benefit from using more advanced farming practices, such as artificial insemination (AI), to improve herd genetics. Basimane Makgetla spoke to Gerhard Uys about how AI has worked...
Delving into the mysteries of Kaltbach’s subterranean cheeses

Delving into the mysteries of Kaltbach’s subterranean cheeses

Switzerland has long been famed for what some describe as ‘stinky and holey’ cheeses. However, as Lloyd Phillips discovered, there is much more to Swiss cheeses. Some, for example, are...
Rabbit meat farming

Rabbit farming: how to enter this ’money-making’ market

You won’t find many South Africans stocking their fridges with rabbit meat just yet, but more and more consumers are willing to experiment with this delicacy, says John Falck, CEO...

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