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Prospective fish producers should consider all the hurdles that stand in the way of making a profit.
To produce quality ornamental fish, a breeder must establish a habitat that is as natural as possible, with food sources such micro-algae and insect larvae.
A severe drop in water temperature can kill tilapia fish stock in an aquaculture system, and a proper heating system is the only solution.
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Breeding a million-dollar bird

Pigeon breeding and racing remains a popular pursuit, with some fanciers aiming for the ultimate goal of turning their hobby into a career. Sabrina Dean visited brothers Daniel and Justin...

Free-range pigs: Working the soil and bringing home the bacon

Western Cape farmer Angus McIntosh is showing that pigs can earn their keep through the eco-services they contribute, as well as the bacon they provide. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel...

Using treats to train horses

There are various methods used to train horses, but the use of treats remains controversial, says Dr Mac.

Plough for more

The future of biotechnology and the direction it takes is largely dependent on the public’s ability to understand and support the science.
Commercially farmed honeybee colonies play a crucial role the pollination of fruit crops in the Western Cape.
Following an unprecedented onslaught by poachers against KwaZulu-Natal’s besieged rhino population during May, KZN police have been able to make a number of arrests in an effort to dam this...
Harvests in Indonesia's agriculture sector are on the verge of failure, especially the rice production sector, as severe drought conditions threaten the region.
South African National Parks (SANParks) has put plans in place to manage the impacts of the drought in its parks across the country.
At the Agri SA mining conference in Pretoria recently, delegates said that while mining had an important economic role to play, agriculture should be treated as equally significant. Lindi van...
A successful lease-back transformation project in Limpopo run by South Africa’s 2014 National Farmer of the Year, the Bosveld Group, proves that not all old land reform plans need to...
A rural development project aimed at empowering female farmers is reaching new levels of success.

A long struggle bears fruit

Headman Manyota, a developing farmer, farms citrus in the Kat River Valley near Fort Beaufort. Last year, he achieved a massive 874% increase in production over 2013. Grant Hollins visited...
Jack Coetzee, chef of Johannesburg-based Urbanologi restaurant and a believer in sustainable living, sources all his ingredients from within a 150km-radius of the restaurant. To achieve this, he has worked...
Lesedi Day Care was established by Katlego Sitrus to provide a safe and nurturing environment for farmworkers’ children. Wilma den Hartigh visited the farm school near Marble Hall.
While farmers in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg district initially started Witzenberg PALS to boost black farm ownership in the region, the company is now also involved in transformation in other...
This Durban boykie has chilli, jeera, elachi and high-octane dhania running in his veins. But recently, other elements such as lime juice and fish sauce have begun to enrich his...

Stylish homes in Mozambique

I had a call from a prospective housing developer in Mozambique. He required plans for easy-to-build, cost-effective and stylish homes for the local community.
New ideas for chicken are always welcome, and this one’s a real winner, especially when accompanied by buttery, garlic-enhanced mashed potato. Here’s a delicious winter warmer that’s guaranteed to earn...
The annual sardine run is a major feature of the KZN coastline. Millions of migrating sardines, or pilchards as the West Coast calls them, migrate close inshore where people of...
Kalahari Water Resort is nestled on the tranquil banks of the Gariep River and situated near Keimoes in the Northern Cape. This adventure holiday farm offers peace and tranquillity for...
Throughout the ages, lions have evoked fear and fascination and endured being ‘tamed’. Rather conserve big cats in the wild, writes Jo Hedges.

Dealing with splints

A splint is a bony growth that forms on the inside edge of the splint bone between the splint bone and the cannon bone. It is the result of tearing...
The hobby of keeping exotic ornamental fish in a home aquarium is nowhere near as popular as it once was.
There are not too many successful commercial aquaculture enterprises in Southern Africa, but these two are worth mentioning.
It is crucial to mate super breeders to super racers in order to preserve a gene pool, writes Thomas Smit.

Winning lines

Champion fancier Ben van Greunen discusses his career with Thomas Smit, and shares some tips.
Certain horse breeds have an inborn ability to separate a cow from a herd, a trait that makes them a valuable partner on a farm, says Dr Mac.
The use of picking platforms for fruit tree management and harvesting is still relatively new in South Africa. Thomas Babl, who has been using the technology for the past two...
Mossie Basson, conservation manager at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson, has developed a conservation plan that has rehabilitated poor soils and decreased chemical and water use, while increasing the natural...
The debate over food prices continues to hold centre stage. This is understandable, given that poor families in South Africa spend roughly a third of their household incomes on food,...

Imasa turns 70

I recently was in Bloemfontein with the Institute of Market Agents of South Africa (Imasa) to celebrate its 70th birthday.
Many farmers think that using a knapsack sprayer is taking a step backwards as large spray rigs are fast and effective. However, knapsack sprayers still have their uses on big...

Watch out for powdery mildew

There are now two species of powdery mildew which attack tomatoes in South Africa. The most common is Leveillula taurica. The spores don’t need water to germinate and it is...
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