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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.

The rules of etiquette in the warm-up arena at a show

To avoid collisions in the warm-up area, riders are expected to follow a set of internationally accepted regulations. Dr Mac takes a closer look at these.

Plough for more

The JSE has introduced short-dated options to give farmers and millers greater protection against fluctuations in the maize price.
Afasa is concerned that politicians allegedly do not invite them to be part of key development programmes for farmers but only reach out to them when it’s time to launch...
Distributing land or houses without tenure was providing a settlement with no capital value, according to political analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
According to Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB Inbev), the world largest brewer, its takeover of SABMiller will create a truly global brewery business in which Africa will play a vital role.
Grain SA has welcomed a decision against the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) not to implement a transport differential for soy beans in SA.
The African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) has queried the ‘success’ of the land reform programme, saying that President Zuma’s figures are inaccurate.
Linda Nghatsane is someone who sees ­opportunity in hard work. Sound financial ­planning, good farming practices and a lot of sweat and tears have finally paid off for this former...
Breeding association Konsortium Merino recently announced a breakthrough strategy to ensure its members’ success over the next decade. This entails new forms of ownership to overcome the growing difficulties associated...
The use of trademarks, patents and plant breeders’ rights can make an agricultural business more competitive locally and internationally. Gerhard Uys spoke to David Cochrane and Madelein Kleyn about the...
Russia joined the World Trade Organisation in August 2012. As the largest country on the planet, it holds significant trading potential for South Africa, and the National Department of Agriculture,...
Hunting rifles lovingly handcrafted by Ralph Badenhorst Bespoke Rifles can compete shot-for-shot with European tailor-made rifles. Gerhard Uys visited the team for a closer look at their unique creations.
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...

Ginger Biscuit

Call it a ginger slice or a hard biscuit. The singular ginger flavour of this delicious item from the world’s great line-up of baked treats brings a whole new skill...
Just when I thought there was nothing new to learn about cooking chicken, along came a totally unexpected roasting method. Not only that, but I received this recipe from a...

As easy as (apple) pie

Apple pie is the beginning of all fruit-based pies. American songs and movies are full of it. So here, in partial salute to apple pie, we have an apple tart,...

A reader’s novel design

A novel idea, limited space and a circular house, Jonno designs an octagonal structured house for Felix.
‘Oh, give me a cup of that marvellous stuff’, goes the song. Without it nothing – not even this story – would get written on time …

A good use of space

Hi Jonno, I've decided to demolish the small cottage close to my house and rebuild one further down the property with a maximum size of 80m².

Dealing with IR and laminitis

Laminitis and insulin resistance usually go hand in hand, and are two conditions that strike fear into any horse owner, says Kim Dyson.

Breeding with the best

Arthur de Villiers of Arcadia Bonsmara near Vrede is the 2013 recipient of the ARC National Beef Cattle Improvement Herd of the Year Award.
Heinrich Bruwer's passion for superior Brahmans has led him to the best genetics in the world.
While a fast-paced urban lifestyle is behind the need for commercial high-producing poultry breeds, a market exists in rural areas for a no-fuss, dual-purpose chicken. Husband-and-wife team Jaap and Shirley...
New zoning regulations to protect riverine biodiversity take aim at aquaculture. But they may harm the industry – and still be ineffective.
Flystrike can be just as problematic in horses as in sheep, says Dr Mac.
Combating invasive alien vegetation on rugged terrain can be expensive and challenging. But an ingenious solution introduced by KZN farmer Clinton Whitehead promises to be effective and affordable. Lloyd Phillips...
Grain farmer David Maleleka ascribes his success to hard work, perseverance and mentorship. He was chosen as a beneficiary of the Omnia New Business Development project because of his proven...
Barley farmer Willie Beukes of Haasjeskop Boerdery near Caledon has a proven strategy for success: a crop rotation cycle that ensures effective weed and disease control. Denene Erasmus reports.
Successful farming comes not only from hard work and attention to detail, but also through taking good advice, says DAFF’s female entrepreneur of the year Pam Fyfie. Lloyd Phillips spoke...
Capsicum seedlings need to be treated differently from other kinds of seedling.
There has long been a misconception that good quality wine can only be produced from vineyards with low yields. Glenneis Kriel speaks to three farmers from Robertson who have been...

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