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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...
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World-class operation profits from ethically produced pigs

In response to ever-more consumers demanding ethically produced food, Butt Farming, a large commercial pig operation in KwaZulu-Natal, is incorporating improved animal welfare practices into its processes while maximising productivity.

African Horse Sickness: the great vaccine debate

African horse sickness is endemic to Southern Africa, and the disease is often fatal. As it is caused by a virus, there is no treatment, and horse owners have to...

Plough for more

The CSIR, in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is pioneering new technologies aimed at using trees to their maximum potential to produce chemicals and other high value products for...
Family businesses form a key segment of the SA economy and agriculture in particular.
Government has allocated R114 million to help KwaZulu-Natal farmers who are suffering due to a devastating drought.
The 2012 Nampo Harvest Day saw an uptick in foreign visitors, especially from Africa, and also an increase in overseas exhibitors.
Agri SA expressed its shock at the death of three of its members in an aircraft accident in the Cato Ridge area near Pietermaritzburg.
Eastern Cape and national state veterinary authorities and department of agriculture officials will not allow the planned export of approximately 61 000 live sheep to Kuwait via ship until they...
Aquaponics, which combines aquaculture and hydroponics, is increasingly becoming popular in many countries due to its ability to boost farm output and reduce waste. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Ruann Coleman...
After having built up a successful fruit trading enterprise, Joseph Hendricks began farming apples and pears on land that was in desperate need of attention. Today his farming company, Kaapschön,...
At the beginning of 2017, plans aimed at cashing in on the growing demand for donkey meat and hides were announced in North West. Glenneis Kriel reports on the viability...
A small dairy research farm near Gulu in northern Uganda is benefiting from the expertise of a large US-based dairy operation, Country Dairy. On a recent trip to South Africa,...
A heated debate took place at the Indwe police station between police, Emalahleni municipal officials and farmers from Indwe and Dordrecht.
An agricultural development of ±57ha in Carletonville, with more than 12ha of established greenhouses, will fall under the hammer of Dynamic Auctioneers on Thursday 12 March at 11am.

When the sun goes down

When your vehicle gets stuck in a swamp at sunset in game-rich country full of nocturnal predators, you better pray your torch doesn't let you down. Abre' J Steyn discovers...
Dear Arnold Here is the sketch of the layout for the retirement home you are planning in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. I’ve made the sizes of the rooms as close as...

Double-storey valley views

I live in Tanzania in quite a remote location. The house site is in a rural setting on a piece of undeveloped land so I don’t have any municipal roads...
Forget the time-consuming ‘roast your coffee beans in a pan over gas’ method. Get hi-tech and use a heat gun! The results are a coffee-holic’s dream come true.
I had a call from a previous client who had bought an old farmhouse in the foothills of the Drakensberg. The farm was being sectionalised and he wanted a house...

Upside down apple pie

An important celebration deserves food that’s a feast for the eye as well as the more usual parts of the body. Apple Tarte Tatin certainly plays its part: it looks...
Nguni stud breeder, Dr Paul Meulenbeld, explains how to improve the breed’s milk production.
In this second part of our series on twinning in cattle, Chris Nel examines various gender combinations for farmers, and the advantages and disadvantages of these in a commercial and...

Mating season for horses

With the mating season upon us, be careful that the neighbour’s stallion does not jump the fence, warns Dr Mac.
A Pretoria-based teenager is running a successful aquaponics farm, and doing so with expertise and foresight.

Exercising a horse

Bringing a horse back into work after illness or injury is always a risky business. Kim Dyson offers some helpful tips.

Feeding your horse

Now that your horse is home, the wonderful journey of discovery can begin.
Researchers have estimated that, over the past four decades, the world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution. Solutions are constantly being sought. Frans...
I have always considered the apple industry to be at the forefront of innovation.

It makes sense

These days, combining one’s assets in business is common practice.
Greyton is not known as an apple-growing area. Yet here, the farm Ouplaas boasts profitable apple orchards, thanks to organic compost and hands-on management. Nonetheless, heavy summer rains required smart...
Byron Booysen started farming only five years ago and now produces tomatoes and other crops in an undercover system on 1,9ha just outside Kraaifontein near Cape Town. Jeandré van der...

Potato nation

No matter their quality – or ‘health benefits’ – the products we in the fresh produce business handle must still compete for a spot in the hearts and minds of...
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