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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

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...
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has named 2014 the International Year of Family Farming.
Tractor and combine harvester sales for May are up compared to the corresponding period last year, but on a year-to-date basis sales are still low, Wynn Dedwith, chairman of the...
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) has confirmed that it has started advertising for a new director-general (DG).
Boeboe Louw was named the 2014 Free State Young Farmer of the Year.
Farms run by private companies are more profitable than any other type of ownership.
At just 24 years old, Thato Moagi is already an award-winning farmer. She spoke to Luyolo Mkentane about her mixed farming operation and plans for the future.
Some 32 000 hectares of land worth R1 billion was officially handed over recently to four communities as part of the Greater Tenbosch land claim in Mpumalanga's deep rural Nkomazi...
Africa and Asia offer much allure for South African fresh produce exporters. But this country’s farmers must do their homework well before they plunge into these markets. Wilma den Hartigh...
The journey of Themba Trees Tree Farm near Grabouw started in her backyard, says Caroline de Villiers, the Western Cape department of agriculture’s Top Commercial Female Entrepreneur for 2016. Today,...
Farmers in Beaufort West are taxed R3 104 (R2 500 after rebates) per annum for each R1 million their farm is worth, while farmers under the adjoining Baviaans municipality are...
South Africa’s agriculture sector may often feel isolated in terms of the challenges it faces. However, a recent survey by the German Agricultural Society reveals that farmers in Germany, Poland,...

At the foot of a mountain

Jonno helps a couple with a house near Barberton.
Dear Jonno We have a stand on a small private game farm in North West, and hope that you’ll be able to convert our ideas into something unique. I’ve attached...
Clint wants to build a double-storey family home in Mazabuka in Zambia. See what design Jonno has come up with.

A simple rondavel

Luci and David want to build a a new rondavel with cement blocks under thatch. Find out what Jonno comes up with.
Deep inside the heart of every cook is the seldom expressed desire to invent something totally new.

Cajun fish

Cajun cooking is a mixture of smokin’ and grillin’. Like Cajun music, it’s both familiar and unfamiliar. While this recipe works well with alligator or any local giant water-living reptile...
Equine lymphangitis causes inflammation, pain and lameness, and needs careful attention, says Kim Dyson.
Free State father-and-son farming team, Leon Trollip and Leon Trollip Jr, found that their Dohnes prosper on lucerne, helping to stabilise the income of their irrigated farming enterprise. Breed manager...
Ruminants need mineral trace elements to maintain health and to achieve desired levels of production and reproduction. Trace elements help combat disease challenges and stress-induced problems and support a good...
To increase production and profit in a commercial beef enterprise, it’s essential to stick to tried-and tested management procedures.
Rob and Ian Butt introduced housing pens to improve the welfare of their pigs.
With the advent of industrial agriculture, Southern Africa’s indigenous goat breeds faced extinction. However, some farmers such as Hilton Sanders of RH Ranching Mbuzi Stud, are dedicated to ensuring that...
Farmers have long been advised to use standard fertiliser mixtures for crops as a matter of course.
Even with the correct crop chemical, efficacy will be reduced if the spraying technique is not up to scratch.
Chemical fertilisers came into their own after the Second World War. They were convenient to use and food production became much easier, relatively speaking.
Irrigation scheduling at one of South Africa’s largest irrigation farming enterprises has led to a saving of up to 34% in water use and possible enhanced crop performance. Robyn Joubert...
Lettuce has its origin in the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for thousands of years. It is part of the daisy family Asteraceae, and the range of varieties is...
There is more to a spray mixture than chemical product and water. You also need an adjuvant – a substance added to the water to enable the sprayed product to...

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