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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.
Green water culture provides a highly nutritious ‘soup’ of feed for fish stock, promoting faster growth. It also cuts out the high cost of artificial feed.
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

The effects of an ongoing violent protest action centred in Mooi River’s Bruntville township in KwaZulu-Natal have spread to the local farming community.
Poultry producer Astral Foods has announced a long-term supply agreement with Quantum Foods whereby Quantum will supply Astral with about 550 000 broilers a week.
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services has welcomed a commitment by Public Protector (PP) Busisiwe Mkwhebane to take a closer look at the involvement of politicians in the...
At least 97 cases of animal rabies have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal since the beginning of the year, with two people dying from the disease in 2011.

Val farmers day

The Val Farmers Day sponsored by Afgri took place on 1 July at the Val show grounds in the Standerton district. Companies including Omnia, Pannar, John Deere and Toyota exhibited...
The HORTGRO Science/Prof Daan Strydom Award for the best final year student in horticultural science at Stellenbosch University (SU) was recently awarded to Helen Marais of Ceres.
Government should focus on the provision of sustainable economic growth within the emerging farming sector by providing services such as farm-to-market linkages and trade and investment promotion, believes Basie Ruben...
While large farming operations appear to be growing bigger, smaller-scale farmers are becoming more diversified and are targeting niche markets. Their high-quality produce is becoming increasingly sought-after by both local...
Bone Mokomele is an emerging farmer who served as an extension officer for the agriculture department for more than 10 years. A land restitution beneficiary, he farms wheat near Brits...
Agriculture in Africa will never succeed unless governments, private businesses and farming communities learn to trust each other and work together. Klaus Eckstein, CEO of Bayer Southern Africa, spoke to...
South Africa’s municipal fresh produce markets connect those who grow our food with those who eat it, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems. But there’s room for...
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should announce how it intends determining whether a farming business is characterised as large, medium or small for the purposes of AgriBEE by...
A farmer looking to set up an agritourism operation should think carefully about how to attract visitors to the farm – and keep them coming back.
Penne pasta is designed to convey the most flavour from plate to mouth. These palate-tempting ingredients allow the flavours to come through rich and strong.

House on a hilltop

I recently had a call from Farmer’s Weekly readers, Jack and Jill, the owners of a wildlife estate in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

Dolls & bugs

Girls should not be deprived of interacting with nature and being exposed to fieldsports, writes Abré J Steyn.

A house of steel?

Jonno suggests that when building a house don't use steel to support the structure. Steel or a metal frames should be used for farm shedding, barns, etc.

Bacon and dried fruit pizza

Staunch artisanal chefs and sourdough bakers amongst our readers will object, but the simple fact is this: if supermarkets offer frozen pizza bases for sale, why attempt to make them...
Running horses in herds can lead to aggression and life-threatening injuries, cautions Dr Mac.
Fertility and optimum meat production are the two pillars of Diethelm and Katja Metzger’s Kamab Simbra Stud. The second-largest Simbra stud herd in Southern Africa, it produces about 370 weaners...

SAMDPR final results

The final race of the 17th SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race saw results based on the quality and fitness of the top pigeons on the day, says Thomas Smit.
Roelof Bezuidenhout speaks to Gareth Whittington-Jones of the Wildlife and Reserve Management Research Group at Rhodes University about his research on the aardvark in three nature reserves in the Eastern...
Last week, Thomas Smit named the winners in the short-distance races in the Transvaal Racing Pigeon Federation's racing programme. Here are the current top two performers in the middle-distance races.
Age has not prevented a group of elderly communal sheep farmers in the former Transkei from embracing change and improving their flocks. The result has been better sheep, finer wool...
Diversification and crop rotation keep Petrus van der Walt busy 12 months of the year. But the bottom line has been worth the effort for this 2011 Limpopo Farmer of...
Rossouw Cillié, Agri Writers’ SA Farmer of the Year, has a diversified enterprise with several production branches and a value-adding component. He told Denene Erasmus about his latest project –...
EIMA International, the agricultural machinery exhibition held in Bologna, Italy, in November, showcased some of the latest equipment for vineyards and orchards. Glenneis Kriel spoke to exhibitors about their machinery...

Success with hydroponics

Hugh and Isabel Wallace farm 4ha of vegetables undercover on Silver Dawn, close to Krugersdorp. They produce high-quality vegetables for the export market and top-end local stores.
Sweet piquanté peppers, popularly known as peppadews, require all the attention a farmer can spare to produce good results. Limpopo farmer, Jaco Kriel, spoke to Gerhard Uys about producing this...
A national onion shortage and a dramatic increase in prices are expected following a devastating hail storm that recently struck a large onion-­producing area in the Northern Cape.

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