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Small-scale operations most susceptible to African swine fever

Small-scale operations most susceptible to African swine fever

The South African government and the organised pig farming sector are working closely together to prevent highly contagious and often fatal African swine fever (ASF) from potentially wiping out the...
cattle in drought conditions

‘Civil servants lax to assist drought-stricken farmers’

Almost the entire western part of the Eastern Cape was being affected by devastating drought conditions that started five years ago, said Doug Stern, president of Agri Eastern Cape.

Agri industries record far better growth than SA economy

The growth of the primary agriculture sector in South Africa is far outstripping the economic growth of the country as a whole.
New African swine fever outbreak in Gauteng

New African swine fever outbreak in Gauteng

Gauteng’s Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment is scrambling to contain yet another outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
Empowering small-scale women farmers in SA

Empowering small-scale women farmers in SA

The Women Farmers Programme, piloted in 2018 by the Vodacom Foundation in partnership with UN Women and South African Women in Farming (SAWIF), was formally launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Farmer’s Weekly remembers former editor Alita van der Walt

The agricultural journalism and farming communities are mourning the loss of Alita van der Walt, former editor of Farmer’s Weekly, who passed away on 12 August in Tzaneen, Limpopo.

Global trade tensions and weak economy hamper cotton prices

South African cotton prices are still declining, despite the second largest cotton yield on record. 
Wagyu meat

Wagyu beef has ‘unique fatty acid composition’

Wagyu beef is a “curve bender” in terms of fatty acid composition, and the breed has the ability to actually change the way fatty acids are manufactured in an animal’s...
1 000ha of Limpopo farmland burnt in protest action

1 000ha of Limpopo farmland burnt in protest action

It has been estimated that as much as 1 000ha of farmland near the town of Alma in Limpopo have been destroyed after allegedly being set alight during a community...
New traceability technology can give consumers peace of mind

New traceability technology can give consumers peace of mind

While the traceability of retail items in the consumer goods industry has been in place for some time, the industry is now moving to serialised and unique identification at item...

Farmers urged to vaccinate livestock proactively

Livestock owners are being urged to vaccinate livestock proactively against vector-borne diseases such as Rift Valley fever (RVF), rather than reacting after an outbreak.
Over 200 stolen animals recovered in cross-border operation

Over 200 stolen animals recovered in cross-border operation

A recent three-day operation between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Lesotho government saw more than 230 head of stolen livestock recovered in an area stretching from Bergville...

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