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Costs under your control such as yield and product quality are what determine farming success. Don’t waste time on costs you cannot influence or control.
When he called his bakkie an ‘asset’, and took 30 minutes to find an unread set of management accounts, I realised where the root of the problem lay.
Farming is not for the faint-hearted. In addition to adverse climatic conditions, farmers have to cope with rising costs and stagnant product prices.

Plough for more

Stock up on diesel ahead of planting. This was the key message from Agbiz economist, Wandile Sihlobo, as forecasters estimated that diesel could increase by more than 60c per litre...
The majority of humanity – some four billion people – live in high-density slums and that number will increase as people continue to flock to urban areas, seeking a ‘better...
The countrywide public consultation process on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill will continue next week (13 January).
There has been a decline in the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa, with 508 falling victim to poachers in the year ending 31 August 2018, compared with...
Fifteen African countries have recalled certain processed meat products as a result of the listeriosis outbreak in South Africa.
The Gauteng Stock Theft Forum believes it has identified the man at the head of a syndicate that’s targeted stud cattle farmers in the province over the past few months...
The Buys brothers of Vrede en Lust near Paarl entered the wine industry 18 years ago. After establishing their own wine brand, they developed one of the most successful direct...
Marco Torsius is one of the founding members of commercial egg supplier TopLay, and a member of the egg committee of the SA Poultry Association. Sabrina Dean visited him to...
The use of trademarks, patents and plant breeders’ rights can make an agricultural business more competitive locally and internationally. Gerhard Uys spoke to David Cochrane and Madelein Kleyn about the...
Zambia’s rural economy is dependent on thousands of resource-poor smallholder farmers. Mukumbuta Mukumbuta, a local entrepreneur, spoke to Lloyd Phillips about how his maize milling venture provides a market for...
Agricultural machinery and implements are vital to any commercial farming operation. It’s equally important that this equipment is well managed and maintained. Lloyd Phillips reports.
What are the implications of the new AgriBee codes for farmers, small agri-businesses and large enterprises? Consultant Melcus Nel talks to Gerhard Uys about the way forward.
Here's an interesting design of a guest cottage and schoolroom for a homeowner in Botswana. Let us know what you think of the design?

Roast potatoes

Most roast potatoes play small-time supporting roles to the real stars of roasting: beef, poultry, lamb and pork. Like the extras in crowd scenes, they have little or no individual...

Thai-style steak and salad

Eat more plants, we’re told. An excellent idea, especially with the wide choice of delicious greens available these days. But we love our meat too, don’t we? So here’s a...

In touch with nature

Hi Jonno, We are planning to build a house in natural indigenous bush in the Waterberg area and would like your help.

A rustic chapel

Paul, a previous client, has requested that the wedding facility he had been thinking of for the last six months go ahead. I suggested to him that browsing through some...
There comes a time in the family entertainment schedule when a bowl of peanuts or processed, oil-enhanced, orange-dyed maize by-products just don’t come up to scratch. In the first episode...
With many pigeon disease-causing organisms becoming increasingly resistant to standard treatments, Dr Ockert Botha recommends maintaining a high immunity with natural products. It's better to prevent than treat diseases like...
Is your horse in poor condition, despite receiving good food? Worms could be the problem, says Dr Mac.
Ultrasound scans aren't new in the livestock industry, but they're now being increasingly used in the high-profit game industry. And that's just the start - researchers say embryo transfer is...
The Meyer family has been farming Brahmans since the 1960s – and it shows. In 2014, the stud had the top performance herd in the country and the best cow...
Osteochondritis dissecans is an extremely painful orthopaedic disease, but it can be avoided, notes Kim Dyson.
In a one-day racing pigeon loft, all the training and racing is done for you. But you still need to deliver the right kind of youngster, says Thomas Smit.

About the new draft bill

As I write this, the new draft Agricultural Produce Marketing Agencies Bill (APMA) is under public review. The department of agriculture, which is ‘driving’ the bill, has met with many...

Common pepper species

This week, we take a look at the most important Capsicum species. Some of these vary a great deal from each other, while a number share similar characteristics.
Sunflower’s consistent yield and drought-tolerance make it an attractive crop for SA’s dryland regions. It also has a relatively long planting window. Nonetheless, care should be taken to plant at...

Think about it!

I’m not against a farmer supplying direct to a supermarket. I am, however, not in favour of a farmer giving everything to a supermarket. This can rebound on a farmer...
Even if your father is a successful farmer, it’s important to start at the bottom to become a top farmer. This is the view of Kolver Mülke, Agri Northern Cape’s...

True farmer’s markets?

Farmers have been selling their own produce for centuries, in fact since the dawn of time.

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