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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...
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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...
Free-range eggs add value for commercial producer

Free-range eggs add value for commercial producer

As a small but significant addition to an intensive operation, Thorntree Farm’s free-range eggs are quietly making a name in this niche market. Ryan Stegmann spoke to Chris Nel.
How to succeed with small-scale chicken farming

How to succeed with small-scale chicken farming

Glenneis Kriel spoke to poultry industry experts about the challenges facing small-scale producers and ways in which these can be overcome.
Quality and service secures free-range market

Quality and service secures free-range market

Mark Smith produces 270 000 free-range eggs a month on Maralou Farm near East London. Unable to compete on price with eggs produced in battery cage operations, he focuses on...
Farming chickens ethically and profitably

Farming chickens ethically and profitably

Red Barn free-range chicken and egg farm started from necessity but grew into a passion. In addition to eggs and whole chickens, it also produces speciality products.
Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

Poultry: choose the right bedding for better broilers

It’s crucial for a broiler producer to get floor management right. This will improve the birds’ physical environment, reduce disease and result in better quality broilers. So says free-range poultry...
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Securing a market for your chickens

For emerging poultry farmers, the key to success with day-old chicks is to buy rather than breed them.
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Tips for better chicken house heating and ventilation

To raise healthy and uniform birds in a chicken house, it is essential to maintain optimal heating and ventilation at all times. Sonét Roux, technical advisor at Country Bird Holdings,...
Chicken trailers optimise egg production

Chicken trailers optimise egg production

Jo Spilsbury discusses how the use of chicken trailers has optimised egg production.
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Transformation plans for the poultry industry

South Africa’s quest for global competitiveness has widened the gap between established poultry producers and new entrants. It is imperative to come up with new transformation models. Dr Charlotte Nkuna,...
Retiring on free-range chickens

Retiring on free-range chickens

Retired broker, Hennie Lamprecht, runs a profitable, free-range chicken farming operation.

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