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It pays to develop an ‘attitude of gratitude’. So give thanks and celebrate your own Thanksgiving Day this year.
No one can disagree that a lack of proper estate planning could result in major reversals for a family business.
Farmers have little or no control over producer prices. They should therefore focus on production and marketing efficiencies.

Plough for more

Extended and extreme drought conditions, together with rapidly escalating food prices, have persuaded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (KZN DARD) to implement a plan to promote goat...
Through innovation, producers were better-able to survive the current drought than previous droughts. This was according to Wessel Lemmer, senior agricultural economist at Absa, who spoke to Farmer’s Weekly at...
Not only is South Africa the leading producer of Fairtrade wine globally, the country is also emerging as an important market for Fairtrade wine sales.
The number of tractors and combine harvesters sold in June grew by 13,6% and 100% respectively. This is according to the latest sales figures from the South African Agricultural Machinery...
The harvest figures of the South African Fruit Exporters (SAFE) are up 21% compared to the same time last year…
The potential implementation of a national minimum wage “drastically exceeding those currently prevailing in certain sectors, like agriculture” would have a number of profound negative impacts. This was the view...
Agribusiness entrepreneur, Leeko Makoene, has a grand vision for South Africa’s young farmers, but thinks a mindshift is needed to kick-start renewal in the sector. She explained to Wilma den...
Go big or get out is the current trend as farmers chase economies of scale. But any system which relies on shedding jobs and increasing monopolisation in order to reduce...
Agrico has served the SA farming community for more than a hundred years. HEre's how they stay ahead of the game while retaining traditional values.

Romac rolls with the times

A father and daughter team from Zimbabwe bought a hydroponic farm and packhouse in Ballito in 2008. They positioned their business for growth by embracing government’s desire to advance black...
During the dispute between South Africa and the EU about the perceived threat that citrus black spot might be spread through exported fruit, the first 2014 consignments left our shores...
Buying a farm in South Africa calls for careful consideration and in-depth investigation. The purchase of high-potential agricultural land is a costly affair which should be approached with sound knowledge...

Gnocchi with cheese sauce

Every so often my adult children demand gnocchi for dinner. “Not again!” I say, and then I actually make the stuff and wonder why I ever object. The taste, the...
They say travel broadens the mind. My travels tend to broaden my waistline, which is how I discovered my first tabouleh in Hong Kong (quite a distance from Lebanon!). There...
Most cooks desperately keen for novel experiences take a shot at making jam. This they do once and never again, their kitchens awash with fruit pulp, the hobs sticky with...

Young family home

Greetings Rob, Thanks for the invite to see the site and discuss the new house for your son.I know that you said it should be kept under 150m² for a...
Hand-held food is how human eating began. In this recipe, we move beyond the caveman prototype to enclose delicious chunks of Chinese-influenced pork in a roll.

Spaghetti & meatballs

If detective stories set in New York are true, every second NYPD policeman lives on a diet of spaghetti and meatballs. This Italian-influenced American dish is one of the many...

Success with Holsteins – 2

At the Wait-and-See Holstein Stud, between Cradock and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape, John Sieberhagen milks 420 cows in a 15-a-side Herringbone parlour. The milking herd calves year-round, with about...
Brothers Jan and Dries Wiese recently added goat's milk cheese to their sheep farming operation.
Longlining is the next step after lunging when training a colt, says Dr Mac.
Currently, relying on Eskom electricity for either business or pleasure, is a dangerous path to tread. Fish-rearing systems are no exception.

Do the eyes have it?

The theory of ‘eye-sign’ is a subject of much controversy in the pigeon racing fraternity.

Looking after your donkey

With the high price of diesel, many farmers are reconsidering using donkeys for small loads, or to transport workers on the farm. As the health of the working donkey is...

Protecting farmers

One of the stipulations of Act 12 of the 1992 Agricultural Produce Agents Act is that a market agency must comply with the requirements of the Agricultural Produce Agents Council...
A vegetable farmer in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, who converted to biological crop production, has significantly increased yield, improved quality and reduced input costs. Robyn Joubert reports.
There is no one-size-fits-all recipe for growing pumpkins. This is especially true of spacing, where many factors have to be considered.
In the last issue, the importance of spacing Cucurbitaceae was discussed. Aspects other than climate will influence the spacing.
The other day, a market agent told me about a supposedly ‘loyal’ producer who had decided to bypass him and supply directly to an unnamed buyer in the same town,...
The soya bean cultivar best adapted to a specific area will provide the best yield and quality. The ARC national soya bean cultivar trials are valuable in determining the most...

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