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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 red meat industry is currently in a healthy position and producers should take advantage of the many opportunities presented by the local and international market.
Avoid the traffic congestion getting to Nampo by using the Mielie Hop – the easiest way to NAMPO and back!
Irresponsible hunters were bringing more than 200 000 ethical consumer hunters in South Africa into disrepute, and the newly formed Fair Chase Guild will attempt to change this situation.
Tanzania wants to revive cotton production to stimulate economic growth in regions that once cultivated the crop.
Sporadic showers have been reported in the Free State and North West between 18 and 20 January 2013 and no significant rain damage or floods occurred.
The ANC is adamant that the willing-buyer, willing-seller principle must be replaced, but not by land grabs.

An agribusiness giant rises

Zeder Investments recently concluded the largest transaction in its existence, boosting its investments in agriculture to more than R10 billion and proving the company’s positive outlook on the industry. Jaco...
The new minimum wage for farm workers came into effect on 1 March. While most farmers will do their utmost to hold onto their current workforce, some will have no...
Aquaponics, which combines aquaculture and hydroponics, is increasingly becoming popular in many countries due to its ability to boost farm output and reduce waste. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Ruann Coleman...

No to half-baked habitats

This is the first in a series of five articles on habitat planning in which habitat designer and wildlife biologist Ben Breedlove explains how to create a fully functional and...
Erik Phinallephe (55) was born and raised in Stellenbosch and started working as a general farm labourer when he was only 12.
According to some, there is a viable alternative to Minister Gugile Nkwinti’s controversial 50:50 land reform proposal. With this option, the land holds its value and farmers can improve economies...
I received two requests from callers planning to build lettable units on their farms. This requires changing from agricultural to commercial zoning, a long and tedious process. But it may...
Every one of us is unique and has a different idea of what we want our home to look like. To date, I have prepared over 4 800 working drawings...

A rustic chapel

Paul, a previous client, has requested that the wedding facility he had been thinking of for the last six months go ahead. I suggested to him that browsing through some...
The invention of pasta is almost as important as the discovery of bread. And the genius of both is their ability to trigger so many different flavour combinations.
A question for the experts – does the shape of pasta actually matter? For this grizzled hack, it does. While there’s no appreciable difference in taste, the arrangement of butterfly...

An Asian inspiration

Jonno assists Peter with his plans to build a single storey house in Wakkerstroom.
Contact with wildlife can endanger your livestock, because wild animals are a source of diseases that seriously affect the productivity of livestock and even lead to death.

Bombproofing your horse

Here’s how you can teach your horse to get used to strange objects and loud noises, provided you treat your horse sympathetically.
Kevin Winter is a self-taught health researcher and pigeon analyst. He has tested the health of more than 44 000 pigeons in his own laboratory in Sunderland in the UK...
As a technician specialising in the installation and repair of gates, Rico Vergotine had little reason to be interested in agriculture. His life changed, however, after a chance meeting, and...
Cattle consultant Erwin Church is one of South Africa’s greatest stockmen. In this interview with Heather Dugmore, he shares some of his knowledge gained from a lifetime of working with...
The health of dairy cows is directly related to their conception rates and milk production.
Your basic fertilisation of the potato crop should have been done according to a soil analysis, leaving the main variable, nitrogen, to be managed as circumstances require.

Food security?

We often hear commentators offering sage counsel on how to market fresh produce successfully in a country as diverse as ours.

Quality always wins

As noted last issue, the old control boards called the shots when it came to determining prices, because they also determined supply.

Where size counts

I suppose that being in the fresh produce business makes it inevitable that I classify markets according to their size – not unlike potatoes or certain fruit.
Fish River Valley farmers have heard wild promises before that growing sugar beet would save them from relying on maize and lucerne crops prone to price volatility and ostrich exports...

Consistency of supply

I rate consistency as one of the ‘Big Five’ in fresh produce marketing, along with supply, demand, quality and communication.

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