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A group of former commercial farmers in Zimbabwe recently lodged a R1,9 billion compensation claim against the South African government and presidency for presiding over the dissolution of the South...
Award-winning stud breeder Gerald Calitz runs a 200-strong Boer goat stud on his 70ha farm near Ventersdorp in North West. He spoke to Annelie Coleman about his breeding techniques.
Tomatoes are an important part of our diet, as well as being highly nutritious. Bill Kerr tells us more about this versatile fruit, and the varieties that are most suitable...

‘Poultry imports are critical to keep prices in check’

The South African National Consumer Union (SANCU) and the Emerging Black Importers and Exporters South Africa (EBieSA) are contesting the import tariff on chicken proposed by the South African Poultry...

Zimbabwean farmers claim R1,9 billion from SA government

A group of former commercial farmers in Zimbabwe recently lodged a R1,9 billion compensation claim against the South African government and presidency for presiding over the dissolution of the South...

EU milk volumes edging up following a slump in 2018

Unpredictable weather conditions and uncertainty surrounding Brexit have resulted in most of the main milk producing countries in the EU coming under pressure in terms of production in 2018. This...

SA’s cannabis legislation and horses

Remedies derived from cannabis have been used to treat injury in horses since the days of Alexander the Great. But what effect does marijuana have on horses? Dr Mac explains.

Grass-fed beef: the trend that favours communal farmers

Joseph Kau, an agricultural economist at the Agricultural Research Council, spoke to Annelie Coleman about the grass-fed beef movement in South Africa and the opportunities it presents for communal farmers,...

The desert: hot, dry, and perfect for fish production

Groundwater extracted from arid areas is often unsuitable for irrigation, but it would be ideal for aquaculture.

Financial planning: crucial to sustainable production

To weather the impact of market fluctuations and extreme climatic conditions, producers have to think strategically about farming. Pieter de Jager spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his strategy.

How to grow Swiss chard at home

Swiss chard can either be sown directly or transplanted. Both methods have their pros and cons.

Switching to no-till? Restore degraded soil first!

It is often assumed that implementing no-till production is the immediate next step towards restoring degraded soils. Not so, says Guy Thibaud, a veteran soil scientist with the KwaZulu-Natal Department...

Mixed farming: a successful synergy of citrus and dairy

Huguenot Farms in the Sundays River Valley is implementing a long-term, mixed farming strategy that will see its ‘beautiful soils’ produce to their full potential. Sabrina Dean visited the farm,...

New Holland’s self-propelled, front boom sprayer model

According to New Holland, a front-mounted boom offers many advantages over a rear-mounted one.
Selling hides can add to your overall profit margin, so it pays to protect them.
Animal health is a cornerstone of successful farming, and at some point all livestock farmers need to inject their animals. Here are some valuable tips.
Breeding is not always the best way to make money in livestock farming. You might profit more by buying young animals and rounding them off.
Rest and nutrition are both key to ensuring conception, good health and maximum profit.

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Free-range chickens: Part-time farmer’s success on rented land

Robert Patson of Happy Land Farm in Kyalami believes free-range chickens not only hold the answer to healthy food, but that his model of farming could help alleviate poverty for...

Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Dr Fambies van Biljon, veterinarian at Sovereign Foods, talks to Glenneis Kriel about the crucial need to establish a well-run biosecurity programme at a poultry production facility.

Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

It’s crucial for a broiler producer to get floor management right. This will improve the birds’ physical environment, reduce disease and result in better quality broilers. So says free-range poultry...

The difference half a degree of global warming can make

The ‘Global Warming of 1.5˚C’ report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlights several climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1,5˚C, compared with...

Farm shop with food and entertainment

Jonno designs a farm shop that includes a shisa nyama/braai area; an entertainment hall/restaurant, a car wash and filling station.

Hunting traditionally with the Khomani San

The Khomani San of the Kalahari are revered for their intimate knowledge of bush lore. Now they’re practising these skills commercially and offering hunting packages on the vast tracts of...
Demonstration: Artificial insemination (AI) of a cow
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Message to young women in agriculture: "be innovative"
Taltec systems for cattle handling ease
Firefighting demonstration
Livestock production series: How to dehorn cattle
KZN farmer demonstrates cattle dipping process
Drought conditions affecting SA’s bee population
iSimangaliso hippos sparring
Pinzgauer bull scoops ARC award
Making barbed wire at The Royal Show
Harvesting soya beans in KZN's Kamberg Valley
Agri minister calls on farmers to engage with government
Farm workers sing for change
The advantages of traceability systems
SA no-till legend, Ant Muirhead explains the value of soil cover
Cat and cow play
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