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A large body of literature claims that where there is a lack of food, conflict is bound to increase as people battle over limited resources. However, researcher Ore Koren suggests...
A friend I met through our mutual interest in farming recently introduced me to the book Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future, compiled by the...
The circulation of illicit arms has made cattle rustling more violent and harmful. East Africa has lessons to share on prevention, say Duncan E Omondi Gumba and Nelson Alusala of...
OIE warns of latest major animal health threats

OIE warns of latest major animal health threats

A statement issued by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), following its 86th general session in Paris recently, highlighted a number of the current major animal health threats around...

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.
New Zealand clamps down on dairy cow ownership

New Zealand clamps down on dairy cow ownership

New Zealand’s city-centric Labour government is to set a limit on how many dairy cows a farmer can run.

Plough for more

On 9 February, President Jacob Zuma delivered the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Cape Town. While some agricultural stakeholders were impressed with Zuma’s commitment to the sector,...
Red meat producers are blaming supermarkets for not passing low prices on to consumers.
Land Bank is currently reviewing the production loans of farmers affected by the drought with a view to carrying over debt to the next season.
Tepsy Ntseoane and Ismail Motala were elected interim committee members for Gauteng and Western Cape African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) respectively after two years of leadership challenges.
Capitalism in South Africa is under attack by a ruling party that is moving towards socialism and away from private property ownership.
Farmers must ensure their drivers have valid drivers’ licences before they employ them or the law will take its course.
Jatropha is a hardy, high oil content crop with serious potential for biodiesel production in South Africa. But as it is classified as a noxious weed, large-scale cultivation has also...
Gary Jackson of Jackson’s Real Food Market, Chris Paulsen of the Bull and Bush butchery, restaurateurs Steve Maresch and Llewy Mateza of The Local Grill, and Roelie van Reenen of...
Marius Herman from Kraaifontein started farming with pigs six years ago and in a short time has managed to establish a viable small business. Denene Erasmus visited him.
Mpumalanga farmer Johannes Simelane is thankful for the agricultural expertise his late employer shared with him, and is now sharing it with others in his community.
While the hospitality industry isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, an Mpumalanga farming couple has been able to successfully marry their farming business with a now internationally renowned and multi-award-winning, four-star...
Flowershed supplies the local and export markets with indigenous flowers. Here's how they broke into and conquered the indigenous flower market.
To make prawns with pak choi and five-spice seasoning for four, you will need: 600g of peeled, cleaned and thawed prawns 1 teaspoon freshly ground five-spice powder (see method) 30ml...

Look Up!

The recent floods put pressure on the SA Weather Service, especially given proposed legislation that will make it a crime to even criticise the service, writes Abré J Steyn.
To make cauliflower mash with chicken livers and chorizo sausage for four, you will need: For the mashed cauliflower: 1 head of cauliflower 2 cloves garlic 50g grated hard cheese...
So you haven’t got a wok? Haul out your skottel braai to make this Chinese-influenced take-away special. While a skottel is a compromise in this case, it’s one that certainly...
I got a call from a couple in the Midlands who bought a farm with the most magnificent view of the Drakensberg, writes Jonno.
Steak, in my singular view, should be redefined as a staple. While bread and even mealie meal have their place, a well-aged piece of prime beef is very difficult to...

The right music for dressage

Many riders have been inspired to try the musical kur after watching the recent Olympics, says Dr Mac.
Rangeland Ecology Group programme manager at the Agricultural Research Council, Dr Mike Peel, discusses animal management under fluctuating environmental conditions in the Lowveld areas of SA.
Production claims must be based on proven, long-term commercial results – they cannot be extrapolated.

Preparing for fire

Veld fires in a high wind move faster than a galloping horse, so be prepared for the dry season, says Dr Mac.
The best commercial cow at the Farmer's Weekly-ARC Best Elite Cow Awards was bred by veterinary scientist Dr RD Bigalke.
During the drought of 2006, Paul Bester, head of ZZ2’s transformation initiative was approached by civil engineer Element Mashai and his partner Elvis Ramolo, who owned a herd outside Polokwane....

Why all this wastage?

According to a 7 November Farmer’s Weekly news item, we throw away roughly one-third of all the food produced on the planet – about three billion tons – annually.
Farmers exterminate weeds without understanding their role in soil ecology, says Nutritech Solutions CEO Graeme Sait. An expert on high-production sustainable agriculture, he spoke to Sonja Burger about the potential...
Some 16 years ago, Johannes Joubert introduced canola to his crop rotation system on the family farm Kweekkraal. This not only contributed to the health of his soil, but led...
South Africa’s macadamia industry is expected to double production over the next few years. But processors will have to find new markets and add value to nuts to maintain exports,...
Pumpkin flies, which are slightly larger than houseflies, are similar to the fruit flies so well-known to fruit farmers.

Producing onions out of season

You can trick onions into providing an out-of-season crop ready for market when the price is just about at its peak by planting small bulbs called ‘sets’.

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