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KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Africa’s largest estuarine system, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The uMfolozi River, long artifically separated from the lake, is again flowing into it, restoring the...
Greg Butler, Australian conservation agriculturalist, recently spoke to SA farmers about smart production strategies and innovation in a competitive farming environment. Jacques Claassen reports from the Conservation Agriculture Western Cape...

Long live the leopard

Leopard populations are at risk across their range. Research conducted by the Limpopo Leopard Project has resulted in an adaptive management system for leopard conservation. Carnivore ecologist, Ross Pitman, spoke...

Plough for more

The farm worker strike in the Western Cape is over, but no agreements have been reached regarding a minimum wage.
Free State Agriculture (FSA) and the VKB/FSA Safety Desk have urged farmers to become more vigilant in the run-up to the festive season, as livestock theft is on the rise.
The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has urged the National Treasury to drop its proposal to implement a tax on sweetened beverages sold in the country.
Despite reports by news agency Bloomberg that fall armyworm (FAW) may soon affect the sugar cane industry, experts believe that this may not be the case.
A group of six men shot and injured a farmer and his daughter on Wednesday night on their farm between Ugie and Maclear in the Eastern Cape said police spokesperson...
Farmers in KwaZulu-Natal are in desperate need of rain before the end of October.
Entrepreneur Gugu Mlipha went from being a hawker to an award-winning agro-processing farmer with a turnover of R2,4 million/year. Despite her success, she remains firmly hands-on, even driving her company’s...
Hard work, dedication and showing a lively interest in agriculture have propelled Iris Mashaba and Dineo Mokhabuki from being temporary farmworkers to holding managerial positions at major agribusinesses near Mbombela...
Producing above the norm is attainable with well-managed hens, says poultry and mixed farming producer Erik Naudé.
Collapsed land reform farms are depressingly common in South Africa, but in Marulaneng (Hoedspruit) claimants and farmers have teamed up and their fruit estates are flourishing. In fact, the district...
The Association for Agritourism in South Africa unites farmers and potential tourists on its website.
In the second-last part of this series, Peter Hittersay looks at fuel conservation, storage and refuelling, as well as safety standards.

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...

A new home challenge

I received a call from Patricia, who visited a friend on a farm nearby and came across copies of Farmer’s Weekly lying on a table.
Tradition says eggs make a breakfast. But what about adding some roasted vegetables? And a freshly made roti in place of toast? The only thing better than tradition is progress,...

Low-key bachelor pads

Jonno helps Linda with plans for no-nonsense bachelor pads.
No matter what you’re hunting, make sure you use the right weapon before you pull the trigger – or the results could be unpleasant, especially for bystanders, as Leon von...

Making the most of the ostrich

This ostrich farm in the Western Cape has diversified into tourism, sport, concerts and other attractions that ensure a constant income stream. Jay Ferreira reports.
Ansoria Geldenhuys has won her second Farmer's Weekly-ARC Best Elite Gelbvieh Cow award with ANS 00 0016. Chris Nel reports.
Breeding beef cattle for greater efficiency and sustained profit is both a science and an art, says Arlington farmer Llewellyn Angus.

Preventing colic

Colic can be caused by various things, but the good news is that by reducing risk factors you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of your horse suffering from this condition, says...
Nguni stud breeder, Dr Paul Meulenbeld, explains how to improve the breed’s milk production.

Hard hats save lives

The South African Equestrian Federation doesn’t allow any rider to compete unless they’re wearing approved headgear – and for good reason, says Dr Mac.
Chris Nel discusses traditional methods of identifying livestock. These methods may work well for day-to-day flock and herd management, but their limitations are apparent when subjected to the demands of...
The Hawaiian beet webworm is a caterpillar that attacks beet and Swiss chard. The moth’s delta-shaped wings are brown with white stripes.

Double-crop your way forward

Local farmers would do well to emulate the UK's approach of double-cropping, ecologist Ben Breedlove tells Roelof Bezuidenhout. So, instead of just harvesting a planted crop, why not also slash...
Lifelong Eastern Cape stock farmers Pam and Ivan Buchler left their farm near the small hamlet of Bolo almost two years ago to face retirement. As Mike Burgess learned, an...
South Africa imports most of the garlic sold in the country, but the local industry can thriveif farmers work together and produce good-quality crops. Jacques Terblanche of Graceland Garlic Seed...
The trend nowadays is to feed the soil and not the crop.
Given the high cost of labour, using chemicals is the only realistic option for weed control in most crops.

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