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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?

Plough for more

Human–wildlife conflict has historically been portrayed as a management problem where solutions lie in technical changes or financial incentives.
CT Steyn (32) is in a critical condition in the hospital in Bethlehem after being stabbed in the heart during a farm attack…
South African avocado, Boer goat, macadamia, and litchi farmer, Dr Theo de Jager, has been chosen as president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) in Helsinki, Finland. He is the...
According to Wandile Sihlobo, agricultural economist and head of agribusiness research at Agbiz, current forecasts indicated that the petrol and diesel prices could decrease by 34c/ℓ and 19c/ℓ respectively in...
East Africa is grappling with a fall armyworm (FAW) invasion, while still recovering from the effects of a drought that had resulted in significant maize shortages.
Following agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s budget vote address in parliament recently, it seemed she was finally paying heed to concerns farmers have been raising for years. Denene Erasmus reports.
A business plan will differ according to the size and technical complexity of the business.
Gugulethu Zondi, the Agricultural Research Council’s 2016 National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year, says that farming should be treated like any other business, and that beef farmers should choose...
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...
While rabbit farming can be fairly lucrative, it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Karoline Steenekamp about the do’s and don’ts when starting a rabbit enterprise.
In Mauritius, the sugar industry co-generates a significant proportion of the country's electricity needs, using bagasse as feedstock.
Young South Africans appear to be in high demand in the United States, especially as seasonal farmworkers.

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...
The Nqabara River mouth on the Wild Coast boasts exceptional fishing and unique natural beauty. In addition, the Nqabara River valley’s route to the coast also presents a rewarding glimpse...
My first guinea fowl of the year was klapped by an Isuzu on a dirt road near Karkloof. The next two were expertly hunted by a good friend and perished...

Tuscan – family style

Thami, a client for whom I previously designed a community hall, called to ask for another plan, this time for a family home.
Chris and his associates invited me to see the proposed additions to their present development. I must say the waterfall site is one of a kind.

Eggs royale

There’s nothing like an egg to start the day. But why stop there? Add smoked salmon, tangy lemon, melted butter, and a slice of toast for a regal treat.

Another top Santa Gertrudis

For Pip and Howard Hobson the success of a herd doesn't lie with the bull, but with the genetics of the cow. This point of view won them the Farmer's...
Thomas Smit offers some tips on how to breed quality pigeons by helping nature along.
Bernard Groenewald of LBG Holdings opened a game marketing facility, Castle De Wildt, outside Modimolle (Nylstroom) last weekend.
While intensive and fast-rotation beef grazing systems are becoming more popular in South Africa, the Duminies of Duminy Boerdery in Vryheid have stuck by their extensive continuous grazing system. They...

Horses: dealing with worms

These creepy little creatures are everywhere, just waiting to invade your horse, warns Kim Dyson.
Fairly common, especially among free-range layers, this can be a hard habit to break – so prevention is better than cure.
Cabbage aphids maintain a low profile in summer heat. is easy to become complacent only to later discover that they have established themselves.
A KZN vegetable co-op has given its disabled members a sense of purpose, while making a valuable contribution to the nutritional needs of their families.

Biological control of aphids

The subject of biological control of aphids is a complex one, as different crops require different approaches, and the season plays a role as well.
Continuing with our discussion of the soil analysis, we now come to phosphorous (P).

crops – soilborne diseases

Getting to the root of healthy maize The management of soilborne plant diseases is one of the greatest challenges facing modern agriculture, as Lloyd Phillips discovered during an information day...

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