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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

A recent three-day operation between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Lesotho government saw more than 230 head of stolen livestock recovered in an area stretching from Bergville...
The Western Cape High Court recently declared it an infringement of personal rights to ban the use of marijuana in homes.
Drought conditions across South Africa’s summer grains production areas are expected to have a short-term negative impact on agricultural machinery sales
A 10-member rhino poaching syndicate that operated in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal is expected to appear in court on 29 September.

Convoy to the Congo

A convoy of trucks carrying equipment and spares is to leave from Grootvlei bound for Niari province in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) tomorrow, 1 October.
The 51st Nampo Harvest Day which kicks off today in Bothaville in the Free State is expected to offer an exciting and memorable experience for local and international visitors.
David Matobako, an ambitious young farmer, is proving that agricultural reform is not an idle dream. Susan Botes-Marais visited him on his Free State farm and saw how a sound...
It's very upsetting knowing you have to pay an account when you don't know where the money is going to come from. That's why keeping track of your expenses is...

Sharing sugarcane knowledge

The sugar industries of SA and Réunion Island may have different production challenges, but the ways in which each industry is tackling its problems can help the other. Lloyd Phillips...
Last year, SA’s major diversified food-processing companies produced a mixed bag of results. Most grew their sales, but struggling consumers meant that profits lagged. Despite this, investors continued to buy...
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...
*Farmer’s Weekly reported in November 2019 that Coniglio Rabbit Meat Farms was liquidated in October 2019.
Hilko insei, an exotic bird breeder from bon accord, north of pretoria

Pasta Putanesca

There are few pasta dishes as powerfully flavoured as this marine-dominated classic. Try this freshly developed variation at your next dinner party for a really memorable meal.

An Asian inspiration

Jonno assists Peter with his plans to build a single storey house in Wakkerstroom.

Flight to the lakes

Kenya is iconic wildlife territory, place of the annual wildebeest migration and the mighty Great Rift Valley. Millions of migratory flamingoes find sanctuary in the Rift Valley lakes. Keri Harvey...

Quick Pasta

The copyright on this recipe is held by ten million Italian grandmothers. In other words, this is a classic, but for all that, a classic well within the reach of...
Pork, red meat’s poor relation, makes a roast of multidimensional complexity if treated right. Thanks to crisp crackling with a moist interior, this roast adds its own special blessing to...
Locally bred Letelle sheep are known to be economically balanced, hardy animals that are well adapted to South Africa's sometimes harsh environment.
Capital costs, running costs and potential market are the three major concerns faced by those who want to start fish farming, and I’ve often discussed these factors in relation to...
A proper diet will go a long way to preventing disease and certain behavioural problems, says Kim Dyson.
The pigeon racing off-season might be a time for rest, but that doesn’t mean you must neglect your birds, cautions Thomas Smit.
To be successful at pigeon racing, you need to be fast, very fast, says Thomas Smit.
Groundwater extracted from arid areas is often unsuitable for irrigation, but it would be ideal for aquaculture.

The quality equation

I recently conducted a training session on marketing for a group of small-scale farmers. As always, it was a pleasure to do so because they were eager to learn.

A valuable asset

I was most interested in Peter Mashala’s article (27 July, pg 58) about his recent trip with minister of agriculture Tina Joemat-Pettersson and others on a fact-finding junket to Costa...
Seed companies are outdoing themselves in developing new maize cultivars.The national maize cultivar trials, conducted by the Agricultural Research Council, looked at newcomers and old favourites to give maize producers...
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,...
Cheeky, the newest blushed-pear variety to be released to the South African industry, is the result of 16 years of hard work by renowned plant breeder Taaibos Human. Industry sources...
Farmers exterminate weeds without understanding their role in soil ecology, says Nutritech Solutions CEO Graeme Sait. An expert on high-production sustainable agriculture, he spoke to Sonja Burger about the potential...

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