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I&J disputes charges of anti-competitive practices

I&J disputes charges of anti-competitive practices

Well-known South African frozen foods company Irvin & Johnson is disputing the Competition Commission’s charges that it had engaged in anti-competitive practices with feedlotting and beef processing company Karan Beef.
Livestock producers alerted to wireworm infestations

Livestock producers alerted to wireworm infestations

Wireworm infestations in livestock were reported in seven of South Africa’s nine provinces in September.
Drought conditions still pervasive in Eastern Cape, despite rain

Drought conditions still pervasive in Eastern Cape, despite rain

Farmers in parts of South Africa’s second largest province, the Eastern Cape, were still suffering under hot, dry conditions and water restrictions, while others had received improved rainfall.
Western Cape dairy farm ‘milks’ the sun’s energy

Western Cape dairy farm ‘milks’ the sun’s energy

A Western Cape dairy farm is producing 84 000 litres of milk per day with help from the sun after installing a 300-panel solar PV system on the roof of...
More animal neglect allegations against award-winning farmer

More animal neglect allegations against award-winning farmer

New allegations of animal neglect have emerged against a former national winner of a top agricultural award.
Decrease in demand for mohair

Decrease in demand for mohair

The price difference between sustainable and non-sustainable mohair lots is widening, according to Pierre van der Vyver, CMW’s mohair manager.
Government must learn from farmers like ZZ2 – Mboweni

Government must learn from farmers like ZZ2 – Mboweni

Rather than take away land currently being farmed by successful commercial farmers in South Africa, the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, wants government to partner with them.
SA Treasury cuts GDP growth for estimate for 2018 and 2019

SA Treasury cuts GDP growth estimate for 2018 and 2019

Slow economic growth, a widening fiscal deficit, the need to address the high public service wage bill, and restructuring of state-owned enterprises, were some of the key issues contained in...
Further fuel price increases on the cards

Further fuel price increases on the cards

South Africa’s farmers and consumers who are already reeling from the record national fuel prices that hit the country in early October, should brace for these prices to increase even...
Rhino cow and calf

High livestock and game mortality rate in Limpopo drought

The three-year-long drought in the northern parts of Limpopo has had a devastating impact on livestock and game in the province, particularly on rhino.
Fallout from listeriosis outbreak still lingering – study

Fallout from listeriosis outbreak still lingering – study

Despite Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, recently announcing that the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa was official over, Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was still present in ready-to-eat meat samples obtained from rural...
Bonsmara stud cow

Pregnancy: the key economic trait in a beef operation

A cow that conceives is destined to be four times more profitable than one that does not. This is according to Professor Cliff Lamb of Texas A&M University in the...

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