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Groundwater extracted from arid areas is often unsuitable for irrigation, but it would be ideal for aquaculture.
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 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...
SA’s cannabis legislation and horses

SA’s cannabis legislation and horses

Remedies derived from cannabis have been used to treat injury in horses since the days of Alexander the Great. But what effect does marijuana have on horses? Dr Mac explains.

Plough for more

North West Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it will lodge a case of unfair dismissal against the Potchefstroom based chicken factory, Chubby Chick...
The agricultural union, TAU SA expressed its satisfaction with the settlement agreement reached between the ANC, ex ANC youth leader Julius Malema, AfriForum and itself, over the struggle song containing...
Despite an increase of 5.8% in the agricultural sector, food insecurity still remains at a high level in South Africa.
Eskom currently uses approximately 313 million cubic metres of water per annum for its power stations across the country.
SA Agricultural Writers’ central branch named Piet Karsten from Kanoneiland as the Northern Cape Farmer of the Year and Brian Angus from Arlington as the Free State Farmer of the...
The R610 000 that was raised at the annual VKB agribusiness Annual Golf Day was vital to ensure the Free State Agriculture (FSA) VKB Safety Desk could continue to offer...
Having too few production divisions can cause financial stress if markets fail. A Tanzanian operation has minimised the risk by launching a variety of enterprises in a relatively short time....
The Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape emerging beef farmer for 2015, Sinako Ntseke, farms on three properties which collectively amount to more than 1 200ha. His passion for farming drives...
Transport costs and traditions have made it difficult for communal farmers to play a major role in the commercial livestock industry. In KwaZulu-Natal, this situation is changing as auctioneers mobilise...
Your farming business is in a one-way financial cul de sac. What remedies do you have at your disposal to solve the problem? Johan Botha, an attorney specialising in insolvencies,...
Alexious Shoko, Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year, suffered setbacks and financial despair. Yet he refused to give up. He spoke to Jeandré du Preez about his inspiring journey...
In the heart of the Southern Drakensburg’s dairy production area, Creighton Dairies, a milk transporter, has taken a bold step into processing by setting up a multi-million rand UHT plant....
Whenever I visit my brother in Cape Town, I know I am in for superlative dining. And when the big item on the menu is bobotie, this Durban boykie renews...
Kofta – savoury mince meat balls – are one of the best things you can do with lamb. They’re easy to make and even easier to eat, and when they’re...

We thank Thee

Despite the terrible news Abré J Steyn received from the doctor one morning, he prayed in thanks for all he had, instead of dwelling on what he'd lost. But he...
While a broiler fowl straight from the chiller at the supermarket may be a marvel of contemporary agriculture, the bird can sometimes be a little low on flavour. And that’s...
This requires only a few simple ingredients and can be prepared quickly. But it tastes absolutely marvellous. What’s more, it goes with nearly any vegetable or salad you desire.

A house with rondavels

Jonno has a challenge to design a house with four adjoining rondavels for John in Zimbabwe. See what Jonno comes up with.
The Meyer family has been farming Brahmans since the 1960s – and it shows. In 2014, the stud had the top performance herd in the country and the best cow...
Thousands of tortoises are inadvertently killed by electric fences in South Africa each year. Yet there are simple, practical steps that farmers can take to stop this. Dr Luke Arnot...

Lumps & bumps

The skin is your horse’s largest organ, so its important to keep its coat as clean as possible, says Kim Dyson.
What makes teenagers, adult men and women so interested in the world of racing pigeons?
The winter months lie ahead and additional nutritional supplementation should be given to animals in time.
Almost 20 years ago, Chris Webb introduced Borans to his crossbreeding programme on the 1 500ha farm, Tharfield, in the Eastern Cape.
In South Africa, this is a relatively new pest in cabbage. The western flower thrip is the problem and apparently was accidentally introduced from the US in chrysanthemum cuttings. It...
As if the challenges of growing tomatoes aren’t enough, tomato farmers seem to be constantly subjected to new pests and diseases.
Your basic fertilisation of the potato crop should have been done according to a soil analysis, leaving the main variable, nitrogen, to be managed as circumstances require.
Leaf miners need not be the threat they were when originally introduced.
Argentina is engaged in comprehensive research on no-till – and its crop farmers benefit directly from its results. Lloyd Phillips spoke to a number of no-till farmers operating under various...

Plunging into coffee?

Over the last few years, coffee production in South Africa has been more of a boutique industry limited to a handful of growers on minimal land. But as a coffee...

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