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New opportunities to generate a sustainable income are opening up in SA’s poultry industry.
Security advisor Henk Boshoff says that farmers should avoid becoming soft targets for potential farm attackers. He spoke to Gerhard Uys about making a farm and its surrounding communities safer.
Raising cattle properly requires money, land and skill. Do you have enough of each to enter this business? Equally importantly, do you have a genuine interest in cattle?
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Consumers need a better understanding of agriculture for them to fully appreciate farmers.
South Africa’s wine export is set to soar by 13% over the next decade, according to the latest Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) baseline report.
Levy tariffs for the red meat industry are set to increase on 5 November.
Commercial Zimbabwean farmers have launched the SADC Tribunal Rights Watch to seek compensation for the loss of their farms and livelihoods, and to stop farm seizures. This was according to...
Another big firm has set its sights on the coal fields in the Lephalale/Steenbokpan area, with Digby Wells & Associates initiating a public participation process to talk to interested and...
A state-of-the art training facility for developing pig farmers was opened in Baynesfield near Pietermaritzburg recently.
Robyn Joubert reports on how the government and commodity organisations are working to provide South Africa with more farmers, semi-skilled workers, specialists and artisans.
A South African company, CLC Solar Wind Energy, has recently developed a cost-effective gasifier to allow farmers to generate electricity from wood or stone fruit pits. Chris Coetzee, project manager...
A rural development project aimed at empowering female farmers is reaching new levels of success.
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...
If nothing is done to increase water availability in the Vaal River water supply system - including clamping down on illegal water use by irrigation farmers - it will be...
Stephan Fourie of Potato Pride near Frankfort in the Free State sees his workforce and surrounding community as a responsibility not to be taken lightly. He explains his approach to...

Cape Dutch house design

Dear Jonno Your environmentally friendly designs have made me a loyal Farmer’s Weekly reader. I need you to help me design a lovely house – the Cape Dutch design common...
Dear Jonno I have a farm outside Ficksburg in the eastern Free State on which I would like to construct a small, open-plan cottage. It would be located up against...
Stephanus requested a home redesign that accommodates hunters during the hunting season. Find out what Jonno comes up with.

Functional medieval keep

Issue date: 24 September 2010
Every one of us is unique and has a different idea of what we want our home to look like. To date, I have prepared over 4 800 working drawings...
While a broiler fowl straight from the chiller at the supermarket may be a marvel of contemporary agriculture, the bird can sometimes be a little low on flavour. And that’s...
Judges discriminate heavily against sickle hocks in the show ring, but how do they affect performance? Dr Mac provides some answers.
According to Alfred Maabelo, keeping a large herd of cattle on communal land is not always a good idea. It’s far better, he argues, to choose the breed carefully, keep...

Organically overboard

In 2003 Reuter Sorour and Andrew Tilsley, joined later by neighbour Alec Botha, began producing organic-in-conversion milk for Woolworths via their national organic centre for milk production near Bloemfontein, Homsek...

A celebration of quality

The richest one-loft race in the world, the Sun City Million Dollar Pigeon Race is more than just another pigeon race. It's an institution that tests your skill as a...
Horns in cattle have no place in modern, intensively managed beef production, but problems associated with injury and bruising can be avoided by removing them. In the second part of...

About successful genes

To maintain the high quality of a superior gene pool, most pigeon breeders follow a breeding plan using line breeding or inbreeding from the foundation pigeons.
Capsicums are subject to pathogenic fungi, bacterial diseases and viruses.
There has long been a misconception that good quality wine can only be produced from vineyards with low yields. Glenneis Kriel speaks to three farmers from Robertson who have been...
Local and international flower trends indicate that the South African flower industry has to diversify to meet ever-changing consumer demands.
I came across one of my previous columns (Farmer’s Weekly March 2002), and make no apology for repeating it, because it is sound advice that applies to all fresh produce.
What should you ask yourself when deciding which vegetables to plant? Vegetable expert Bill Kerr explains.
Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) can infect a wide range of hosts, and losses of up to 20% have been reported in infected tomatoes. Phillip Mphuthi of the Agricultural Research Council’s...

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