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Captain Queeg of the USS Caine displayed the worst possible characteristics of leadership. If you look in the mirror, do you see any signs of some of his worst excesses...
We forget that co-ops laid the foundation for many of South Africa’s present-day commercial farmers. Small-scale farmers stand little chance of surviving without them.
Media reports have created the impression that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends a reduction in meat and dairy consumption to mitigate climate change. This is simply not true.

Plough for more

The 39th annual Sernick Bonsmara Production auction in the Free State achieved a total turnover of R15,2 million.
June tractor and harvester sales have increased 24,4% or 479 units year-on-year.
South Africa could face a shortage of maize next year, according Grain SA chairperson Louw Steytler.
The Western Cape faces a challenge as further outbreaks of African horse sickness threaten to spread. Lourens Schoeman and Denene Erasmus report.
The Competition Commission recently raided the offices of nine market agencies at the Johannesburg and Tshwane fresh produce markets following allegations of collusion and price-fixing.
Agri SA said that it was pleased with the results of having had a stand at the recent ANC National Policy Conference.
Agricultural co-operative Buffalo City Organic Producers (BCOP) has gone from producing organic vegetables in back gardens to harvesting 10t tomatoes per month hydroponically. This has won them a provincial award....
Once Eskom's poster boy for electrified greenhouse heating, cut-flower farmer David Gates feels he has now been hung out to dry by the state utility. The annual fees he's charged...
It seems that red meat consumers never benefit from lower farmgate prices. Could it be that the middleman is milking consumers for all they’re worth, while suppressing farmers’ income? This...
A Danish businessman's tenacity and the commitment of a group of local emerging farmers have built up a thriving commercial business that enables its producers to compete on European markets....
The drought during the past summer grain production season could result in cash flow restraints for grain producers. At the same time, livestock management has become increasingly important for mitigating...
The expropriation orders served on Gauteng farmer OJ Botha and the ­Lutheran Church this month mark the start of ­applying the government's ­controversial policy of negotiating no longer than six...
Well, not so much a traditional salad as an unfamiliar, quite wonderful combination of hot stir-fried chicken and noodles with cool cucumber, lettuce and carrots.
I received an email from Peter and Dalene asking me to revise their sketch. They preferred two separate wings for the bedroom sections, and to keep within the private development...

Six-bedroom elegance

Dear Jonno I am a regular reader of Farmer’s Weekly and have been impressed with your designs. I’m working abroad but am considering retiring back home in Zimbabwe. I want to...

Basic two-bedroom house

I got a call from Makwati in Serowe, Botswana. He said that he regularly bought the Farmer’s Weekly to see Hillbilly Homes, but that it mostly featured large, expensive-to-build homes.
This chicken dish will blast the culinary socks off your diners. For this dish, I have varied the seasoning and the method to produce stir-fry chicken with galangal (a type...
Dear Jonno I follow your page in the Farmer’s Weekly every week. Thank you for all your ideas. I am a small farmer in a low- carrying capacity area. My...
South African cattle breeder Nico Olivier has negotiated semen and embryo exchange with top studs in Paraguay and Brazil. Animals from Nico's Angus Africa stud are winning championships and strengthening...
What makes teenagers, adult men and women so interested in the world of racing pigeons?
Free-range chickens take longer to raise than birds kept in a poultry house and given factory-made feed. On the other hand, they cost very little to produce and customers are...
Almost 20 years ago, Chris Webb introduced Borans to his crossbreeding programme on the 1 500ha farm, Tharfield, in the Eastern Cape.

Is all bran bad for horses?

Bran can be problematic, but it need not be totally excluded from your horse’s diet, says Kim Dyson.
Agri Northern Cape Young Farmer of the Year finalist Johann Bekker says a reliable water supply is crucial for successful commercial sheep farming in the western Kalahari. Annelie Coleman visited...
When you drive into the Joburg Market nowadays, you’re greeted by an enormous banner proclaiming ‘120 Years of Freshness’.
Polysulphate® is a new, multi-nutrient fertiliser that has been introduced to South Africa by ICL Fertilizers.
Cheeky, the newest blushed-pear variety to be released to the South African industry, is the result of 16 years of hard work by renowned plant breeder Taaibos Human. Industry sources...
Whiteflies and mites are likely to attack your tomato crop unnoticed if you don’t keep a wary eye open for them.

Watermelons get cute

I've borrowed the information in this week's column from the New York Times newspaper of 17 August 2010 - I thought you might find it interesting.
By switching from micro-irrigation to low-flow drip irrigation, macadamia farmer Dawid de Kock has reduced his irrigation water usage by 50%. With the subsequent savings on electricity, fertiliser and labour,...
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