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Our climate varies dramatically from season to season, limiting the fish species that can be used in aquaculture, and the locations where it can take place.
It’s time to expose the urban legend that South Africa is too cold for tilapia farming, even in outdoor ponds.
The populations of many indigenous fish are in decline. Here’s an easy and practical solution to boost their numbers.
The Gysie Britz story

The Gysie Britz story

With his passion and skill, Gysie Britz raised the bar in South African pigeon racing. Thomas Smit spoke to the champion fancier about his success.
Leandre Mitchley

How top small-scale farmer reduces risk

Western Cape pig farmer Leandre Mitchley was named Top Smallholder Farming Entrepreneur 2018 at the annual Female Entrepreneur Awards. Her success came after a slow start and a recent major...
Equine hydrotherapy for leg injuries

Equine hydrotherapy for leg injuries

Spa therapy is now easily available in South Africa to treat injuries in sport horses, says Dr Mac.

Plough for more

The Glen College of Agriculture near Bloemfontein has welcomed the first group of students to register for a 12-month diploma access programme at its newly launched Recognition of Prior Learning...
South Africa is set to harvest the second biggest maize crop on record this season. The Crop Estimates Committee has revised its estimate for the 2017 maize crop upwards by...
Fifteen African countries have recalled certain processed meat products as a result of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.
Deltamune has extended its footprint in the Western Cape by acquiring the Agrilab laboratory in Malmesbury.
White farmers have to take responsibility for educating the media on what they do, especially the black media, Agang’s head of communications Thabo Leshilo told the recent FSA Congress.
Northern Cape farmer Attie Scholtz has been named the 2013 Agri SA/Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year.

Another one bites the dust

Some 13 years after the Tafelkop Farmers Association "invaded" an unused irrigation scheme in Groblersdal, they still haven't acquired the title deeds promised to them by the then minister of...
'You're either in, or you're out!' Glenneis Erasmus reports on the Hex River Valley farmers and ­farmworkers who are 'in' and making transformation work.
At the recent mohair producers' conference held in Port Elizabeth in early June, the buying houses, for once, were not the hot topic of debate. Gordon Wright was there and...
Federico Boglione, the company president of one of the biggest dehydrated milk product suppliers in the world, says the main pillars of success of his Argentinian-based family business, Los Lazos,...

Tina on feeding a nation

Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s current term as minister of agriculture is drawing to a close. Speaking to Alita van der Walt and Anneli Groenewald, she highlights her successes, and explains how she...
South African farmers have long been encouraged to add value to their products for improved profit and control. One farmer that has taken this to heart is bringing home the...
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the...

To catch a carp

SA fishing tackle suppliers have capitalised on the popularity of carp angling and the many ways to catch this voracious fish.
Fellow kitchen mechanics, it’s time to return to the wrap for easy cooking, splendid eating, and minimal washing up. Beef and seafood roti wrap is the best.
It is possible to design an eco-friendly cottage. Jonno shows us how.

Modern farmhouse in Kenya

Dear Jonno I own a farm in Kenya, and am looking to build a farmhouse with modern interiors. The building site is on a slight slope, and the main views...
Oxtail is a classic casserole and a firm favourite. Here’s a variation I’d never come across before, but after making it, and more importantly, loving it, I recommend it to...

Hunting & the law

Landowners and trophy and biltong hunters should ensure they are up to date with the legal requirements for carrying ammunition and transporting meat as well as the environmental conservation ordinances.
An unwavering focus on genetics and attention to detail has paid off for master dairyman Charlie MacGillivray. Robyn Joubert visited his farm in the Karkloof.
Former Cabinet minister Dr Penuell Maduna has been out of politics for some time and is now building a name for himself in cattle-breeding circles. Peter Mashala visited him.
Mike Ramagofu says small-scale farmers need the right breed for their specific conditions. He believes a breed can make or break an enterprise, especially in the case of communal farming....

Bombproofing your horse

Here’s how you can teach your horse to get used to strange objects and loud noises, provided you treat your horse sympathetically.

Pulling up lame?

Lameness is probably the most common cause of concern amongst horse owners. There are many and varied reasons for a horse pulling up lame. Issue Date 16 March 2007
Pumpkin flies, which are slightly larger than houseflies, are similar to the fruit flies so well-known to fruit farmers.
The eastern Free State’s apple orchards are doing well with a small edge in marketing time over the more established orchards of the Western Cape. Lloyd Phillips talks to Charles...
The global sugar industry is often slammed for wasting freshwater resources. In SA, sugar farmers and processors have found practical ways to improve water use efficiency.
I recently attended the annual producers and market agents’ information day hosted in Ceres by Korkom.
Leaf miners need not be the threat they were when originally introduced.
Ranking alongside caviar and saffron in price and rarity, black truffles are now produced in South Africa by Donna Hornby of Truffles of Africa in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.

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