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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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The proposed repeal of zero-rated VAT on agricultural inputs such as animal feed, fertilisers, plants and seeds will add to the already compromised profitability of the sector, said Potatoes SA...
Global confectionary giant Ferrero, manufacturer of Ferrero Roche and Nutella, is looking to expand its network of hazelnut growers in SA, delegates heard at the East Coast Intensive Horticulture growers’...
Representatives of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are due to revisit SA this month to assess the progress on managing animal health issues here.
South African wheat producers welcomed the Pretoria High Court ruling in favour of Grain SA, ordering government to publish the new wheat import tariff in the Government Gazette not later...
Record prices for game at the recent 3G (Giant Genetic Group) game auction in Vaalharts, near Jan Kempdorp in North West, were driven by supply and demand, according to 3G...
Government policies on agriculture must be aligned to the needs of the sector, if agriculture is to become a driver of job creation in South Africa.
Agrico has served the SA farming community for more than a hundred years. HEre's how they stay ahead of the game while retaining traditional values.
Hunting rifles lovingly handcrafted by Ralph Badenhorst Bespoke Rifles can compete shot-for-shot with European tailor-made rifles. Gerhard Uys visited the team for a closer look at their unique creations.
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...
As it made way for the sprawling croplands of the Western Cape, renosterveld became synonymous with agricultural non-productivity, earning itself names like uitvalgrond. But, as Odette Curtis writes, this shrinking...
'You're either in, or you're out!' Glenneis Erasmus reports on the Hex River Valley farmers and ­farmworkers who are 'in' and making transformation work.
Despite lacking farming experience, Carole Kirkwood Pretorius converted a rundown Karoo farm into a small but commercially viable enterprise in only six years.

Eco-friendly homes

Dionne is looking for an architect who could design a number of environmentally friendly housing options of 40m², 60m² and 80m², with the option of additions but staying true to...
Some months ago at a local farmers’ market I found a stall selling lagaan. After some heavy-duty charm on my part, the stall holder let me in on the secret...

An Asian inspiration

Jonno assists Peter with his plans to build a single storey house in Wakkerstroom.
Mauritius, Ile de Maurice… the mere name conjures up images of never-ending white beaches and sapphire blue waters. Annelie Coleman visited the island earlier this year – and found it...
A novel idea, limited space and a circular house, Jonno designs an octagonal structured house for Felix.

A unique cottage plan

Dear Jonno I’m always fascinated by your unique country design homes. In one of your recent articles, you suggested the use of throw-away wood quarterings. I am all for going...
Two themes emerged at the recent national aquaculture conference: the maze of regulations throttling SA aquaculture development, and the relative absence of large-scale commercial fish farms.
Last week I wrote about the champion stock of Bradbury Lofts, and this week's article focuses on their racing methods.
“The US Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) ranks the Beef Shorthorn as one of the best performers in the world in terms of calving ease, average daily...
Once a ewe’s maintenance nutrient requirements have been met, nutrients can be effectively channelled to achieve optimum production. Dr Francois van de Vyver looks at nutrient requirements during the crucial...
Pigeon racing can be a pleasurable and financially rewarding pastime, but you need to consider several factors before taking the plunge, says Thomas Smit.
This serious disorder can affect endurance horses after a long ride, says Dr Mac.

Ask your market agent

Have you ever spoken to your market agent about his or her ‘legitimacy’ as a commission salesperson?

It’s all about attitude

Fresh produce markets and their agents face a multitude of challenges and it’s inevitable that comment on the market floor will be vociferous.

Israel’s land

How did Israel Motlhabane go from funeral parlour director to Grain SA’s 2012 Developing Grain Producer of the Year? Annelie Coleman visited him at his farm Annasvlei to find out.
When it comes to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), tomatoes have quite a complex array of requirements which will depend on the varieties planted and the region where they are grown,...
SA soya bean production has increased markedly over the past couple of years. As drought hits our western production regions, farmers expect to harvest marginally less of the oil seed...
This practice combines natural and chemical means to control pests. In SA, brassica farmers tend to stick to a set chemical pest control programme.Issue date:23 March 2007

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