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The consequences of not objecting to an incorrect SARS assessment timeously can be severe, even if the assessment is based on erroneous information.
Of the two types of bias, unconscious or hidden bias is the most pernicious and damaging. Recognise it, talk about it, and kill it. You can’t afford to have it...
Large supermarket chains hold more than 70% of the market share nationally. They thus have the buying power to control pricing and trading conditions, yet they’re ignored by the Competition...
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KwaZulu-Natal matriculants who achieved good results should consider a career in agriculture, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said in a statement on Tuesday.
New Holland Agriculture, a division of CNH Industrial, will open a new branch office in Johannesburg at the beginning of May, to provide support to farmers in South Africa, as...
With an estimated two million Zimbabweans facing severe food shortages, the Mugabe government has admitted to not having money to buy food, reported by www.newzimbabwe.com.
In 2013, South Africa’s game ranching industry – valued at more than R8 billion annually – intended to implement an initiative that would improve the health and safety of its...
The El Niño weather pattern is returning to the Pacific Ocean.
The compulsory blending of a minimum of 5% biofuel with mineral diesel and 2% to 10% with bio-ethanol announced in the Government Gazette on 23 August has been hailed as...
The big grocery retailers in the UK underwent considerable growth between 1990 and 2010. In more recent years, this trend has reversed, with most of these supermarkets experiencing a slump...
Etienne Rabe of integrated citrus company Biogold USA believes introducing new citrus varieties that cater to changing consumer demands is key to ensuring the global citrus industry remains competitive. A...

Hands-on grass farming

It’s a hard day’s work for the team as livestock farmer Gary Mitchell runs his commercial Drakensbergers and stud Dorpers in the KZN Midlands with minimal labour.
Fresh produce markets are available to all producers. Yet using them optimally requires know-how.
South Africa is seeing renewed interest in crocodile farming, with skins fetching attractive prices. There is a growing international demand for the product, and SA may be at an advantage.
In Mauritius, the sugar industry co-generates a significant proportion of the country's electricity needs, using bagasse as feedstock.

A cottage in Mpumalanga

Sue and Collin recently sold off a portion of their farm and want to build a two-bedroom cottage.
My all-time personal favourite breakfast is a couple of lamb chops, slightly rare, with two fried eggs. This combination of flavours and aromas has taken my breakfasts in a whole...
Robyn is looking to build a home with a cob. Find out what Jonno has designed for her.

A retirement home

Dear Jonno I enjoy your articles in Farmer’s Weekly, and am quite amazed at the variety of ideas and suggestions you always come up with. My wife and I would like...

Upside down apple pie

An important celebration deserves food that’s a feast for the eye as well as the more usual parts of the body. Apple Tarte Tatin certainly plays its part: it looks...

Farm-style design

I received a call from Chris, who said he and his wife are purchasing a cattle farm in North West. They want a home which allows for catering, sub-letting, letting...

The Brangus Kings

Barry King of Bottelgat Brangus is the father of Farmer’s Weekly cover girl Meggan King. In 2010 he and his son Llwelleyn won the Brangus Breeder of the Year award...

Rearing pigs on acorns

Acorn-fed pigs is a Spanish and Portuguese tradition. Oak Valley Estate in the Elgin Valley is one of just a few commercial, free-range, acorn-fed pig farms in South Africa.
For Pip and Howard Hobson the success of a herd doesn't lie with the bull, but with the genetics of the cow. This point of view won them the Farmer's...
Holstein farmers, Brett and Grant Puttergill, have proven that sire selection and selective breeding are crucial to a dairy operation’s viability.
In South Africa, open ponds for aquaculture are impractical due to our cool winters. And with the country’s electricity crisis, one can ill afford to adopt an indoor system that...
Judges discriminate heavily against sickle hocks in the show ring, but how do they affect performance? Dr Mac provides some answers.

Where size counts

I suppose that being in the fresh produce business makes it inevitable that I classify markets according to their size – not unlike potatoes or certain fruit.
Walking through the Joburg Market vegetable hall recently, I came upon a senior salesman selling red peppers at R300 for a 4,5kg-carton – and he was having no problem moving...
Chemical fertilisers came into their own after the Second World War. They were convenient to use and food production became much easier, relatively speaking.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is funding research to stimulate and sustain the growth and development of minor crops in the province, a move that promises to transform the...
I’ve met a few senior people in the fresh-produce sector who don’t know what plant breeders’ rights (PBRs) are.
As pointed out previously, the key to successful pest and disease control is optimal penetration of the spray mixture.

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