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The importance of a succession plan for a farming business cannot be underestimated, and must be prioritised.
Stock in trade is the lifeblood of a business. When stock is lost, or destroyed, the loss normally gives rise to a tax deduction. But this is not always the...
Ignoring succession planning, especially in a family business, is highly irresponsible.

Plough for more

Three Zimbabwean nationals were arrested after a farm murder on 6 August, near Groblersdal, Limpopo.
Several Angora goats are reported to have died in the past week due to outbreaks of the Karoo paralysis tick (Ixodes rubicundus).
The Western Cape’s top women farmers were recently recognised for their contribution to the province’s agriculture sector.
The best butcheries both nationally and regionally were announced at a luncheon at Cleaver Awards ceremony held at the Definitive Conference in Isando.
More than 20 years into South Africa’s democracy, the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors have remained relatively untransformed.
In 2014, Japan started exporting rare, cube-shaped watermelons produced in Zentsuji, Kagawa Prefecture. Currently, the fruit, which is intended to be used as ornaments, sell for 10 000 yen (about...
Jatropha is a hardy, high oil content crop with serious potential for biodiesel production in South Africa. But as it is classified as a noxious weed, large-scale cultivation has also...
Despite having limited farmland, Chris Venter is a top pepper supplier to a Gauteng supermarket chain. By contracting six other farmers to share the production, he has spread his risk...
Wildlife ranching continues to be a fast-growing industry with a bright future, notwithstanding recent negative press that its practices harm conservation, says Dr Peter Oberem, president of Wildlife Ranching SA.
Balgowan poultry farmer Rodney Smith picked an unconventional approach when it came to upgrading his egg packhouse to meet stringent food safety standards.
A small fruit factory on the Piket-Bo-Berg in the Swartland has secured major contracts in both the local and export markets. The secret to its success is surprisingly simple, as...
Communal farmers can benefit from using more advanced farming practices, such as artificial insemination (AI), to improve herd genetics. Basimane Makgetla spoke to Gerhard Uys about how AI has worked...
It is possible to design an eco-friendly cottage. Jonno shows us how.
New ideas for chicken are always welcome, and this one’s a real winner, especially when accompanied by buttery, garlic-enhanced mashed potato. Here’s a delicious winter warmer that’s guaranteed to earn...

Zulu-style tourist cottages

I am in the final stages of refining a large project comprising tourist cottages, as well as wedding and conference facilities, in the foothills of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg.

A unique cottage plan

Dear Jonno I’m always fascinated by your unique country design homes. In one of your recent articles, you suggested the use of throw-away wood quarterings. I am all for going...

Communal grounds

Jonno designs communal grounds for a Middle East project development agency.
‘Vindaye,’ say my Friends Of Mauritian Origin (FOMO), ‘is not just another KZN fish curry.’ I think a Durban fish curry is a marvellous thing, but FOMO disagree. So here...
Zolani Tyali and his son Mandange recently won the 2017 Unistel SA Stud Book Elite Developing Farmer award. Mike Burgess visited them on their farm in the Eastern Cape to...
Longlining is the next step after lunging when training a colt, says Dr Mac.
A whopping combined cash prize pay-out of R3 375 000 will be up for grabs in Dinokeng Lofts’ Ultimate Pigeon Race. Thomas Smit provides all the details.
Cois Harman believes that the Braunvieh breed is ideal for both beef and milk production.
Heat training will only help to a point. Pigeons should have the right genotype to handle heat.
Eye theory, or 'eye-sign' theory is one of the most divisive issues amongst the racing pigeon fraternity. Some top fanciers maintain however, that the secret to selecting top racing pigeons...

Know your soil – Part 4

This article deals with interpreting a soil analysis.
Since buying Pongola Mill in 2009, TSB Sugar Holdings has made considerable investments in the mill and its staff and is developing its relationship with growers. This strategy promises to...
Cabbage aphids maintain a low profile in summer heat. is easy to become complacent only to later discover that they have established themselves.
All too often, I come across farmers who are not accurate enough with their sprayer calibration.

Making money from muck

Nutrient-rich dairy slurry was once considered a liability and a pollutant, but the current high fertiliser price has changed all that, says dairy technical consultant Gavin Brockett. Robyn Joubert spoke...
Husband-and-wife team, Miki and Cathy Clark, knew nothing about farming when they began their small-scale herb production operation on 1,2ha of land five years ago. Now they produce over 2t...

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