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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...

Small-scale pig farmer implements commercial practices

Buti Malinga, a small-scale pig farmer near Vanderbijlpark in Gauteng, has built up his business, Vukani Piggery, from nothing. Intent on progress, he aims to become a fully fledged commercial...

Choosing the best time to breed your mare

There are pros and cons to breeding your mare at different times of the year, says Dr Mac.

Plough for more

The on-going drought will not affect the amount of visitors or exhibitors to attend this year’s Nampo Harvest Day which will mark the 50th anniversary of this event.
The Free State and Northern Cape nominees for the 2016 Agricultural Writers’ Association’s Farmer and Agronomist of the Year awards represented the highest standards.
A large proportion of the air pollution that plagues many parts of the world is the result of intensive agricultural operations such as livestock farming.
A recent study conducted by the universities of Stellenbosch (SU) and Ghent, and published in Development Southern Africa, has cast doubt on the efficacy of the Empowerment for Food Security...
With thousands of chickens and other poultry having died or been culled due to the outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), the South African Poultry...
Agri SA was working on a strategy for unity in SA agriculture, according to Omri van Zyl, Agri SA’s designated CEO.

Berries to the fore

Global demand for berries is at an all-time high, with sales in the UK, South Africa’s main export market for berries, expected to reach the £1 billion (R12,9 billion) mark...
Farmers have been suffering accusations of human rights violations of employees. However, an Agri Wes-Cape survey last year revealed that most farmers in the Western Cape invest more in their...

Are you a criminal?

It seems people can come on your land and kill you with impunity these days, but woe betide the farmer who fiddles with a watercourse or indulges in a “listed...

Bringing up broilers

Robyn Joubert visited Hanbury Chickens, a family-run broiler business in KwaZulu- Natal. Modest and efficient, the Hanburys use modern methods to get the most out of their birds - guaranteeing...
Rooibos has been grown in Wupperthal in the Western Cape for almost 200 years. Recently, the small industry has become more profitable, thanks to a co-operative formed to gain Fairtrade...
A poor, deeply rural Eastern Cape community is on the brink of enjoying a revival, thanks to a project to establish a commercial farming operation amongst communal farmers. The venture...

Farm-style favourite

Barry and Carol called in to see me. They have a newly-acquired game farm in the Thabazimbi area, and require a new homestead there. issue date: 13 August 2010

Jerked chicken

Jerked chicken, for the inexperienced, means coal-black, Caribbean-style, spicy chicken that’s usually cooked on an open fire. Here’s a way to produce a braai-style finish without the smoke, dust and...
Strangely, chillies are not everybody’s idea of a good time. The veldfire in the mouth is held in low esteem, despite the endorphine lift that so joyously follows. Here we...
Most cooks desperately keen for novel experiences take a shot at making jam. This they do once and never again, their kitchens awash with fruit pulp, the hobs sticky with...

Feta and broccoli lasagne

This is a huge blast of flavour created with little effort, and a regular hit in my household. Be sure not to skimp on the whisking action to ensure the...

Suzán’s dolmades recipe

Spring is the ideal time to pick vine leaves for this traditional Greek delicacy and Strandveld’s soft, young Pinot noir leaves proved to be the perfect ingredient for Suzán, winemaker...
The past two years have seen the 76-year-old Eduan Braunvieh Stud excel at the Vryburg Show and the Braunvieh Vleissentraal-ARC Special Performance Test Class. Mike Burgess visited Gawie Naudé to...

Handling stallions

Stallions can be dangerous and must be taught to respect you from an early age, says Dr Mac.
The legendary Wauldby Dohne Merino Stud from the Amabele area near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape was founded by Deemie Blaine in 1947. Mike Burgess visited Blaine’s grandson, Robbie, a...
Groundwater extracted from arid areas is often unsuitable for irrigation, but it would be ideal for aquaculture.
Rangeland Ecology Group programme manager at the Agricultural Research Council, Dr Mike Peel, discusses animal management under fluctuating environmental conditions in the Lowveld areas of SA.

Importing horses

Bringing in competition horses from overseas can be expensive and requires expert help, cautions Dr Mac.
The sweet potato weevil (Cylas spp) is arguably the most destructive pest of this crop.
The implementation of regenerative agriculture principles is allowing a growing number of farmers to reduce their inputs while producing similar or even better yields than they would have produced if...
Jeandré du Preez visited Derick van Zyl, estate manager of the farm, Esperanto, in the Koue Bokkeveld, to learn about cherry production in that province, and what makes this crop...
From humble beginnings, Walter Williams has grown a business that today has three farms as well as a fruit packing business in the Ceres Valley. He spoke to Denene Erasmus...

Making markets work for you

For years I've been carrying on about the importance of using a fresh-produce commission market properly if you want it to work for you, so let's take a look at...

Double-crop your way forward

Local farmers would do well to emulate the UK's approach of double-cropping, ecologist Ben Breedlove tells Roelof Bezuidenhout. So, instead of just harvesting a planted crop, why not also slash...
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