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While the Nile tilapia is the fastest grower, it is easier to obtain a permit for the slower-growing Mozambique tilapia.
The production of trout remains a heated topic between conservationists and aquaculturists.
Many experts have the theoretical knowledge, but fail to put themselves in the shoes of the rural, small-scale fish farmer.
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.
Top female entrepreneur’s passion for training new farmers

Top female entrepreneur’s passion for training new farmers

Piggery owner Zodwa Thwala, winner of the 2017 Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Best Female Entrepreneur Award, says that her love for teaching motivated her to add farmer...
Severing the umbilical cord

Severing the umbilical cord

As a rule, you should avoid tying off the umbilical cord after birth. However, if very heavy bleeding occurs, it’s time to act, advises Dr Mac.

Plough for more

Grain SA called on grain farmers to be on the alert for possible outbreaks of fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), with possible incidence of this pest already reported in different areas...
The invader fruit fly (Bactrocera invadens) has been declared as present in the Vhembe district of Limpopo, according to a media statement released by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and...
Multinational forestry, pulp and paper company Sappi has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Ngodwana Energy Biomass Project, which falls under government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme.
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...
Producers in the summer grain production areas have started harvesting the 2012/2013 grain crop, but yields were fluctuating dramatically from region to region.
The National Animal Health Forum (NAHF) says its members are growing impatient with government’s slow pace in implementing amended regulations for the importation of livestock from neighbouring countries.
While farmers in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg district initially started Witzenberg PALS to boost black farm ownership in the region, the company is now also involved in transformation in other...
Theo de Jager stands at a crossroads. He can choose to sell his farm to one of 16 land claimants or he can fight to stay in business. Does Theo’s...
Independent agricultural education institutions catering to the black youth could be an answer to our land reform failures. With the financial support of private corporations and the mentorship of successful...
Seeland Peba says high feed prices prevent many small-scale livestock farmers making it to their second production cycle. He tells Peter Mashala why he and his partner started Super Grand...
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.
Evergreen agriculture combines conservation farming and agroforestry to create what proponents call an 'out of the box solution' to increase crop yield, improve soil, make better use of scarce rainwater...
When parts of a message are important, we highlight the letters in red and when a certain day is special we call it a red-letter day.Issue Date: 30 March 2007
Jonno designed an A-frame home, with stonework outer walls for Cassie.
Dear Jonno, I buy the Farmer’s Weekly regularly and have noted your designs for double-storey homes with interest. I’m planning to build a home in northern KwaZulu-Natal and would like...
Dear Jonno We have a stand on a small private game farm in North West, and hope that you’ll be able to convert our ideas into something unique. I’ve attached...

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
Stephanus requested a home redesign that accommodates hunters during the hunting season. Find out what Jonno comes up with.
Jeff Every is shifting mind sets and boosting profitability in the Eastern Cape’s dairy sector.
Bran can be problematic, but it need not be totally excluded from your horse’s diet, says Kim Dyson.
To secure the performance link in a family tree of racing pigeons, stay with the fruit and make progress from there, urges Thomas Smit.
Monthly report on livestock disease trends.
Dairy farmers need to maintain profitable businesses despite being squeezed between high input costs and powerful milk buyers.
Monthly report on livestock disease trends.
I often see a large amount of lettuce left behind on the land after harvesting.
The huge distances between producers and markets. Perishable products. Tough competition. The lack of understanding of markets and marketing by many producers.
Driving into the Cape Town or Port Elizabeth markets, you will see rows of people selling apples, oranges, potatoes and other products.
Getting a full stand and a vigorous getaway is crucial for high yield. Some important aspects in this regard have been mentioned in previous articles.
Being a market manager (MM) on a fresh produce market is a hands-on business and not about skulking in sumptuous offices. Unfortunately, far too many of our current crop of...

Marketing is key

A young farmer recently asked me about marketing. His two basic questions were, “How do I go about supplying the markets?” and “What about selling locally?” I suggested he visit...

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