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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 study conducted by Rabobank International and published in Future of Farming shows that in the US the average age of a farmer in 1974 was 45.
“Politicians saying stupid things are simply not good for the economy,” said economist Dawie Roodt.
Thousands of entries are expected for the 2018 Tru-Cape Packhouse Challenge to be held on 25 August.
A new approach to land restitution and emerging farmer support is needed in South Africa.
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic has prompted many Chinese farmers to source vital supplies online in preparation for the spring planting season in that country.
The Zimbabwean tobacco industry is being hard hit by the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has resulted in President Emmerson Mnangagwa closing the country’s borders and banning gatherings of...

Success with organic farming

Wensleydale Farms in Centurion, Gauteng, is well established as an organic grower. New owner Magapa Phaweni plans to use her business skills to build on the farm’s success and expand...
Macadamia nuts are in huge demand internationally, yet global production is nowhere near meeting this. A teamwork strategy in KwaZulu-Natal is aiming to take full advantage of the growth potential...
Two postgraduate students from the University of Cape Town are facilitating farming in the heart of the city, yet neither owns a sizeable piece of land. Wandile Tshabe, co-founder of...
As most farmers already have too much to deal with every day, a silage harvesting contractor can ease this burden and save the farmer money. Contractor Justin Nel tells Lloyd...
The Donald Woods Foundation (DWF) is working closely with subsistence and small- scale farmers in the former Transkei to boost animal health and overall food security. Grant Hollins visited the...
Wildlife ranching continues to be a fast-growing industry with a bright future, notwithstanding recent negative press that its practices harm conservation, says Dr Peter Oberem, president of Wildlife Ranching SA.

How to season raw meat

Like all recent converts, I am a fanatic to the cause. And the cause, my brothers, is the dry rub. This is a rough ’n tough application of seasoning to...

Practical home features

Practical features, which provides character to a home.

Ultra slow pork roast

Slow cooking produces a very different set of tastes and textures. This outstanding pork recipe brings a valuable new skill into the repertoire of the beginner cook with a meal...

Octagonal farmhouse design

Chris and Madelein from Botswana want to build an Octagonal farmhouse on their 17ha farm. They ask Jonno for assistance.
Jonno assists Mary with a stylish, modern contemporary home this week.
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...
Selecting a bull that will significantly improve a herd can be a daunting task, especially for a new buyer. At the 2017 Aldam Stockmans School, cattle veterans Martin Seyfferdt, interbreed...

SAMDPR update

With the final of the South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race coming up soon, Thomas Smit previews this hotly contested competition.
Eye theory, or 'eye-sign' theory is one of the most divisive issues amongst the racing pigeon fraternity. Some top fanciers maintain however, that the secret to selecting top racing pigeons...

Where animals and humans meet

In the third part of our habitat planning series, biologist and habitat designer Ben Breedlove exlains how to create optimal animal-human meeting points. Issue Date: 16 February 2007
Diligent grazing management is paying off for Jannie Struis. He has been farming for only four years, but working closely with his mentor, Johan van der Walt, has enabled him...

Making fish farming work

Most freshwater fish farms in tropical Africa operate with minimum investment and infrastructure. Despite this, many are doing well. What, then, defines ‘success’ in aquaculture?

Save money on chemicals

Farmers often ask for pest control programmes for their crops. They see them as a form of insurance. Is this justified? In a word, no!
As with most commodities, presentation of the product has a disproportionate influence on the price received.
Market management and agents. Infrastructure. Farmers. Buyers. These are the four pillars of the fresh produce market.

Making markets work for you

For years I've been carrying on about the importance of using a fresh-produce commission market properly if you want it to work for you, so let's take a look at...

Food safety struggle

To achieve a HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) accreditation is costly.
Wine estate Simonsig pioneered Méthode Cap Classique – a traditional style of producing sparkling wines – in South Africa. The method has since been adopted by a number of estates....
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