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How award-winning broiler producer stayed the course

Bhefika Matshenja of Inhlakanipho Projects and Farms, winner of the Star of Buhle Award for 2019, says that by implementing sound management principles, such as reinvesting profits, he has been...

Judicious use of antibiotics in poultry production

Consumers have become more informed and concerned about what goes into their food. One of the areas of concern has been the use of antibiotics in intensive farming systems such...
Jeanne Groenewald is the CEO of Elgin Free Range Chickens.

Raising stress-free broilers

Jeanne Groenewald, the CEO of Elgin Free Range Chickens, has established herself as a leading free-range poultry producer in South Africa.
poultry farmer Asiphe Pentu

Young poultry farmer thrives despite setbacks

Asiphe Pentu started his small-scale broiler business with only R2 000 when he was just 17 years old and still at school. After five years, he has a well-run, 100-chicken...
small-scale broiler operation

How to make a living running a small-scale broiler operation

Necessity inspired Anneke Loock of Bloemfontein to start earning a living from a small-scale poultry business. The lessons learnt on her journey to success will prove useful to anyone launching...
free-range ducks

Free-range duck farming in KZN: Why less is more

Duck meat is a high-value niche product in South Africa. KwaZulu-Natal farmer Vanessa Collocott supplies this market with certified free-range ducks, and has combined shrewd business sense with compassion in...
A mite

Dealing with external parasites on chickens

External parasites such as mites can be a major financial threat to a poultry operation. Control is essential.
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Free-range chickens: Part-time farmer’s success on rented land

Robert Patson of Happy Land Farm in Kyalami believes free-range chickens not only hold the answer to healthy food, but that his model of farming could help alleviate poverty for...
Chicken farmer thriving on a wine estate

A healthy profit from pasture-raised eggs

As a technician specialising in the installation and repair of gates, Rico Vergotine had little reason to be interested in agriculture. His life changed, however, after a chance meeting, and...
Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Biosecurity: your first line of defence against disease

Dr Fambies van Biljon, veterinarian at Sovereign Foods, talks to Glenneis Kriel about the crucial need to establish a well-run biosecurity programme at a poultry production facility.
Day-old chicks

Niche market supplying fresh chicken in the hot Lowveld

Alwyn Viljoen is the production manager of Zaytoon Farms, which is situated on the outskirts of Mbombela and is the only supplier of fresh chicken to the region’s supermarkets. Despite...
Poultry house

Chicken housing – get the basics right!

At a recent poultry production course hosted by the Agricultural Research Council and presented by Paulus Sape and July Mahlangu, Farmer’s Weekly journalist Gerhard Uys learnt about some of the...

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