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While common across South Africa, goats remain a largely untapped resource for poverty alleviation and rural development. But efforts to remedy the situation are being undermined by the widespread theft...
As the saying goes: be careful what you wish for. After the appointment of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of the ANC in December last year, and his subsequent election as...
South Africa is one of those countries in which you rarely have to travel far to witness first-hand the kind of disparity that exists in the supply of food.
Severe weather conditions exacerbate Irish fodder crisis

Severe weather conditions exacerbate Irish fodder crisis

After a long and extremely wet winter, farmers in Ireland are being faced with a fodder crisis, as they do not have nearly enough feed to supply their herds this...
Shocking footage of live sheep exports from Australia

Shocking footage of live sheep exports from Australia

Video footage of live sheep being exported from Australia has emerged, showing animals being transported in appalling conditions.
New Zealand government to cull 22 000 cattle

New Zealand government to cull more than 22 000 cattle

The New Zealand government is set to cull cattle on 28 farms infected with Mycoplasma bovis, and the farmers’ losses will be covered.

Plough for more

Levy tariffs for the red meat industry are set to increase on 5 November.
The North Gauteng High Court has dismissed an urgent interdict brought against the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) by suspended agriculture Director-General (DG), Mike Mlengana, but said that...
A new combination of market factors is triggering a shift in farmers’ operational focus as the agriculture sector as a whole demonstrates greater agility.
A farmer from the George district believes that the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape has too much power and that farmers should be warned...
The legalisation of the rhino horn trade has been dealt a double blow by the South African and Kenyan governments.  Those calling for the legalisation of rhino horn trade to...
Farmers in the Greater Kokstad Municipality (GKM) in KwaZulu-Natal scored a victory recently when their municipality changed its mind about increasing agricultural land rates by 13%.
Mediation is a low-cost, high-value method of solving disputes and has been underutilised in SA, with complainants favouring expensive litigation instead. Advocate Alan Nelson SC spoke to Denene Erasmus about...

Land reform farms that work

Many land reform farms have collapsed, so are there any that work? The Free State Agriculture Land Reform Success Day showcased some successful land reform farms. Peter Mashala reports.
After 80 years, the family business Engelke Blomme continues to produce outstanding flowers, despite a highly competitive market. Glenneis Kriel spoke Günther Engelke about their success.
Phirdy Motala, owner of Farmyard Honey Factory, says that innovation and creativity are crucial for the success of small-scale beekeepers. Her business approach has resulted in a flourishing operation, and...

Are you a criminal?

It seems people can come on your land and kill you with impunity these days, but woe betide the farmer who fiddles with a watercourse or indulges in a “listed...
Ivy Mzamo has come a long way on the Luthando citrus farm near Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape. Beginning as a packer, she progressed to general manager and today is...
Chris and his associates invited me to see the proposed additions to their present development. I must say the waterfall site is one of a kind.

Ginger and honey cake

Baking is complex or simple, depending on how you’re feeling on the day. The food I cook is mostly very simple. Baking, on the other hand, is full of mysteries....
In the final article of this four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines what to take into account when planning pricing, food preparation, accommodation, and a marketing strategy. Some of these have...
We would really like your help. We plan to semi-retire in the Eastern Cape on the coast. We have lived and worked in a bushveld/farming environment our whole lives, and...
Lakenvlei Forest Lodge in Mpumalanga, is situated in a 4 500ha pine plantation near Belfast, and offers a truly laid-back holiday experience.

Spicy hot cross buns

Also known as spicy buns, these teatime favourites can be enjoyed any time of the year. What makes them so special? Two things: the spicy bite that enlivens every mouthful...
Corridor disease isn't new to KZN, and respected KZN wildlife vet Dr Dave Cooper says the increasing appeal of stocking African buffalo on private game farms could be one of...
Jousting is an equestrian sport that all but defines the term ‘extreme’, notes Dr Mac.

Catching your horse

A horse that refuses to be caught so you can ride it is no fun. But there are ways of breaking this bad habit, writes Kim Dyson.
Goat farming is central to the economy of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela Traditional Authority (BBKTA) in North West. A project to improve the local goat herds through world-class genetics is...
Hard work and tenacity have turned a tiny enterprise into a flourishing commercial operation.
These days, it’s rare to hear stories of a family establishing, from scratch, a commercial farm in virgin African bushveld. But this is what one family has done in just...
People living in the Simalaha Community Conservancy in western Zambia have risen out of poverty through the use of conservation agriculture (CA) methods, according to Chrispin Muchindu, CA manager at Peace...

Proven Mango success

Rénald Radley runs 30ha of mango orchards on Radley Estate. Lindi van Rooyen spoke to him about producing quality mangos through careful pruning and inducing drought.
Basic fertilisation for capsicums should be adjusted according to a good soil analysis. If you don’t do this, you’ll waste fertiliser and perhaps exacerbate already unbalanced soil fertility.
With spray adjuvants, many farmers think that mixing a sticker and a wetter/spreader into the water are the same thing. This is certainly not true.
Leaf miners need not be the threat they were when originally introduced.
As with most commodities, presentation of the product has a disproportionate influence on the price received.

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