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Because of their scale, these systems have very limited yields. Choosing a complex, small system will not increase yield; it will only increase cost!
Fish species that are adapted for rivers generally perform better under aquaculture’s challenging conditions.
With its wide temperature tolerance, the humble bass may be a good option for commercial production.
Paul Pedro of Pedro & Van Heerden

TRPF pigeons off to a good start

It’s not unusual for Gauteng pigeon fanciers to experience a fast-paced start in the first six races of the season. With the races being from south to north, the prevailing...
Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

With the welfare of farm animals under close scrutiny in Europe, farmers there are increasingly utilising technologies and systems that balance animals’ well-being with profitability. Lloyd Phillips recently toured a...
Treating horses that leak urine

Treating horses that leak urine

A slow dribble of urine in a mare, gelding or stallion can have one of several causes, and could point to a serious medical condition. It requires immediate investigation, warns...

Plough for more

Farmer’s Weekly journalist, Lloyd Phillips, recently attended the 96th AGM of the Kamberg Valley Association in KwaZulu-Natal.
The KwaZulu-Natal farming community has reacted with shock and outrage to news of a farmer allegedly being assaulted by land invaders and chased off the land he was leasing.
The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has laid criminal charges against Enterprise Foods trading as Pork Packers Abattoir, a division of SA packaged goods company Tiger Brands.
Commodity clearance has been granted for Enlist, a 2,4 D tolerant maize, yet the product has yet to be approved in the United States (US).
The non-profit organisation, Boere in Nood’s (BIN) management team has secured a Free State High Court to freeze the bank accounts of founder, AC Schoombee.
AfriForum has challenged the minister of water affairs, Edna Molewa, to appoint a Blue Scorpion task team to assist it in its criminal case in which the Madibeng Municipality is...
The Meat Safety Act was passed seven years ago but the local industry is still waiting for it to be fully enforced. While it waits for the agriculture department to...
In 1994 Sizwe Manjezi acquired some 900ha near Peddie in the Eastern Cape to expand his family tradition of cattle farming. Even though he's at the helm of a respected...
In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
Africa and Asia offer much allure for South African fresh produce exporters. But this country’s farmers must do their homework well before they plunge into these markets. Wilma den Hartigh...
Producing popcorn is a highly specialised industry that differs from conventional maize production, says Johann Kriek, CEO of the Bigfoot Trading Company. Annelie Coleman reports.
Major agricultural products supplier, Dicla Farm & Seed, recently established a training centre near Tarlton, north-west of Johannesburg, to equip new small-scale farmers and farm workers with practical skills and...
Dear Jonno Membership of our clay pigeon shooting range has grown over the years, and we now need to cater for more than 200 participants and their families. At the moment...
There are two really big deals here, the arboria rice and the brandy. Arboria rice is essential for this dish because of its flavour, aroma, and most importantly, its stickiness.
Greetings William, Thank you for the detailed layout of your new home to be built in the Karoo. While your room measurements included the outer and inner walls, I’ve used these...

Oyster beef stir fry

Unusually, I’m going to spend most of my five-hundred words converting you to wok science. If you intend stir-frying regularly, get yourself a wok and a gas ring if you...
This is a fine stand-alone dish, or if you’re a relentless carnivore like this writer, a great side-dish to a mutton or chicken curry. A couple of roti per diner...
They say travel broadens the mind. My travels tend to broaden my waistline, which is how I discovered my first tabouleh in Hong Kong (quite a distance from Lebanon!). There...
There are several key factors to consider before deciding to farm pigs, whether intensively or free range, says Shane Brody.
Ultrasound scans aren't new in the livestock industry, but they're now being increasingly used in the high-profit game industry. And that's just the start - researchers say embryo transfer is...
For Moorreesburg Merino stud breeder Johann Kotze, careful selection based on performance testing, BLUP values and strict visual selection of wool and conformation traits are all essential for a successful...

Fish farming in Winter

When it comes to temperature levels, warm water fish farms and trout farming are at opposite ends of the spectrum. While tilapia hibernates in winter, trout prefer the cooler weather.
Laminitis and insulin resistance usually go hand in hand, and are two conditions that strike fear into any horse owner, says Kim Dyson.
Be gentle with nature. Work with what you have on your farm and not with what you would have liked to have. This is the grazing management philosophy of commercial...

Making money from muck

Nutrient-rich dairy slurry was once considered a liability and a pollutant, but the current high fertiliser price has changed all that, says dairy technical consultant Gavin Brockett. Robyn Joubert spoke...
Nearly everyone who has ever grown brassicas has had a problem with the diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella). Small wonder it is also called the ‘cabbage moth’.
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.
A few years ago, I wrote about the development of fruit and vegetable production in our neighbouring countries – specifically Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Something quite significant has happened on the Durban market. I recently contributed to a week's training session there for prospective salespeople. The significance is that this was a joint venture...

Sheep out, olives in

Since 2000, Craig Rippon has established almost 7 000 olive trees on his family's former sheep farm. Mike Burgess visited Springvale Olive Estate to find out why Craig pioneered olive...

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