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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

Good rain has fallen over the grain production areas of the western Free State and most of the grain producers have started planting.
Based in Riebeek Kasteel, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines (formerly Mullineux Family Wines), was started in 2007 by husband-and-wife winemaking duo, Andrea and Chris Mullineux, together with business partners Keith...
It turns out the outbreak of worms in the Mokopane area in Limpopo and Rayton in eastern Gauteng during September and October 2013, was not army worm, but another kind...
Unpredictable weather conditions and uncertainty surrounding Brexit have resulted in most of the main milk producing countries in the EU coming under pressure in terms of production in 2018. This...
Grain producers must form partnerships with government to ensure long-term sustainable and profitable food production in South Africa, Minister of Agriculture Senzeni Zokwana told the 2015 Grain SA congress in...
A food shortage among vultures has led to a call for help to farmers to set up “vulture restaurants”.
North West farmer Salphanius Motswenyane tells Luyolo Mkentane how farming saved him from poverty. Having achieved success on a small scale he now hopes to grow his farming enterprise into...
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...

Bringing up broilers

Robyn Joubert visited Hanbury Chickens, a family-run broiler business in KwaZulu- Natal. Modest and efficient, the Hanburys use modern methods to get the most out of their birds - guaranteeing...
Johan Tijssen, owner of Dicla Farm and Seed and a first-generation South African of Dutch descent, demonstrates how it’s possible to generate a multi-million rand annual turnover from just 260ha.
Ponki Makanita has recently been crowned as Breedplan Emerging Farmer of the Year in Bloemfontein. Wayne Southwood reports on his remarkable journey from gardener and lorry driver to successful top...
Huguenot Farms in the Sundays River Valley is implementing a long-term, mixed farming strategy that will see its ‘beautiful soils’ produce to their full potential. Sabrina Dean visited the farm,...

Designing a block of flats

Dear Jonno I need your help as I would like to build several one- and two-bedroom flats on a 1ha piece of land. I would like these to be double-storey...

Head space

Jonno sketches a starter home for FW reader Andre.
There are men who regard the concept of cooking with Scotch as sacrilegious. Anything that takes so long to mature and costs so much money can’t and shouldn’t be used...
Twice-cooked dishes are usually Chinese in origin, with the raw ingredients getting two treatments instead of one. While a little heavy on the cook, the effects on the diners make...
Veganism is a growing global trend, and many of us will serve dinner or lunch to a vegan guest at some stage. Here is a recipe for mouth-watering, Israeli-inspired chickpea...

An Asian inspiration

Jonno assists Peter with his plans to build a single storey house in Wakkerstroom.
Although fairly common in most paddocks, Datura is most definitely not your horse’s friend.

Understanding pigeons CFVs

Understanding the theory of ‘comfortable flying velocity’ will help you do better in long-distance races, says Thomas Smit.

Using AI

Live coverings can injure both horses, so more and more breeders are turning to artificial insemination, writes Dr Mac.
The concept has already been years in the making, and finally Lesotho has begun implementing a countrywide livestock-marking programme to combat stock theft. South Africa is providing expertise and will...

Learn about vaulting

Vaulting, the ancient sport of equine gymnastics, is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in South Africa. One reason for this is that it’s truly accessible to all, explains Dr Mac.

A standard of excellence

Technology has brought rapid advances in the dairy industry, but record keeping is still crucial as a guide to dairy farmers.

Rootstocks for the future

While Kakamas seedlings and Marianne are old favourites amongst stone fruit producers, new higher-producing rootstocks are becoming available. Dr Piet Stassen shared his findings with growers at an information day...
The concept of a farmers’ market is probably the oldest version of agricultural marketing we know and remains a popular choice for many all over the world.
Over the past year or so, several new market agencies have opened on some of the bigger markets.

Superspud!

At a recent Potatoes South Africa (PSA) information day, I learnt a number of facts about our favourite vegetable (and the biggest-selling crop on our fresh produce markets).

Success at Last?

Many role players have for years lamented the lack of commitment by municipalities when it comes to their fresh produce markets.
Even if your father is a successful farmer, it’s important to start at the bottom to become a top farmer. This is the view of Kolver Mülke, Agri Northern Cape’s...

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