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Farming the markets’ originates from the analogy that exists between personal finance (investing) and farming.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the impact of widespread drought conditions across South Africa over the past three years has now become a humanitarian disaster.
The 2017 ‘Food loss and waste: facts and futures’ report, compiled by the WWF-SA, investigates food loss and waste in South Africa. According to the report, a third of all...
US sugar industry in the dock over ill effects of sucrose

US sugar industry in the dock over ill effects of sucrose

The US sugar industry has been accused of withholding evidence of the adverse effects of sucrose for almost 50 years.
Non-browning Arctic apples now on North American shelves

Non-browning GMO Arctic apples now on North American shelves

Genetically modified (GM) non-browning apples are now available to consumers in North America. The first harvest of the Arctic variety was recently brought in by Canadian company, Okanagan Speciality Fruits...
World dairy must tackle environmental debate head-on

World dairy must tackle environmental debate head-on

The global dairy industry must address the risk of dairy being labelled a “problem protein” environmentally. This is according to Jaap Evers, International Dairy Federation (IDF) global standards leader.

Plough for more

Animal health company, Deltamune recently announced the expansion of its scope of test capabilities, by establishing a nutritional and analytical laboratory at its Centurion facility in Gauteng.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Food Price index for global food prices fell to its lowest since September 2009.
The recent media reports stating that South African farmers were no longer threatened by fall armyworm (FAW) were incorrect, Dirk Strydom, Grain SA’s marketing manager, told Farmer’s Weekly.

Mohair picks up steam

Mohair prices improved at the third sale of the summer season, despite fears that the larger than normal offering of 188 150kg would dampen competition.
Extensive drought conditions across KwaZulu-Natal are forcing many of the province’s summer grains producers to delay the planting of their crops for the 2014/2015 season.
South Africa is ill-equipped to deal with the existing food and water shortage crisis facing the country, according to Prof Louis Kotzé, environmental law expert at the Faculty of Law,...
Seeland Peba says high feed prices prevent many small-scale livestock farmers making it to their second production cycle. He tells Peter Mashala why he and his partner started Super Grand...

200km, three days

The largest endurance ride in the world is held each year in the small Free State town of Fauresmith. The 34th championship in July drew a record entry of 376...
Mining pollution threatens to turn Loskop Dam into the largest toxic acid lake in Africa, as decades of coal mining on the Mpumalanga Highveld starts to catch up with us....
The definition of successful production is changing. Where high output and farm profits were the main measures of farming success in the past, today what matters just as much is...
Agricultural production in Africa is generally considered to be underutilised. Many therefore think that the continent is ideal for new commercial forestry plantations to meet global demand. But these ventures...
South African brandy sales decreased from a high of 45 million litres in 1999 to 31 million litres last year. Christelle Reade-Jahn, director of the SA Brandy Foundation, spoke to...
One of the enduring charms of Italian cooking is its capacity to provide a basic tune upon which any musician can create a symphony. Add this recipe to your collection...
A love for farming has brought Cassandra and her family to Zambia. Now she wants to build her dream home. Read on to find out what Jonno has come up...

Fish soup

Powerful. That’s the only word for this fish soup. Explosive taste, delicious aromas and great texture.
This is a fine stand-alone dish, or if you’re a relentless carnivore like this writer, a great side-dish to a mutton or chicken curry. A couple of roti per diner...
A single garage and staff quarters is converted into the granny cottage.

Pig neck and two apples

Pig neck has come to me as a major surprise, never before having had anything to do with this part of the beast. Well, let me tell you that this...
Starting with just 10 Bonsmaras, ARC National Emerging Beef Farmer for 2013 Moses Zengetwa today has a herd of 120 highly productive Bonsmara-type cows and heifers. Mike Burgess visited him...
Spring is here and it’s time to check your management and vaccination programmes.
Boer goat stud breeder Johan Boshoff uses production data as a valuable tool to breed a new generation of goats to take his herd, the breed, and the industry forward....
Kevin Lang began a milk processing plant to improve the profitability of his dairy cow herds.

Boxing clever

A horsebox is a moving black hole and persuading your best friend to enter it requires patience, says Kim Dyson.
This all-too-common behaviour leads to poor condition, colic and stomach ulcers, cautions Dr Mac
The use of picking platforms for fruit tree management and harvesting is still relatively new in South Africa. Thomas Babl, who has been using the technology for the past two...
Thinking of using uncertified plant material in your fruit orchards? Think again. The cost of doing so might be far higher than you imagine, according to researchers from the South...
Having ignored my own advice – given to readers in a past column – I recently ended up paying the price.
Local and international flower trends indicate that the South African flower industry has to diversify to meet ever-changing consumer demands.
In the 1940s, there were about 135 fresh produce markets scattered around South Africa. Almost every dorp had a market.
The international farming community must contend with numerous pest and disease threats to their crops, as the pressure of an increasing global population mounts. According to Schalk van der Merwe,...

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