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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

There are at least 92 vacancies in police stock theft units in KwaZulu-Natal alone.

Val farmers day

The Val Farmers Day sponsored by Afgri took place on 1 July at the Val show grounds in the Standerton district. Companies including Omnia, Pannar, John Deere and Toyota exhibited...
The organisers of Nampo, one of the largest agricultural exhibitions in South Africa, say the premises near Bothaville in the Free State are already a hive of activity as exhibitors...
South African farmers and their employees should take heed of warnings of highly likely widespread heavy rains for the weekend of 18 to 20 January 2013. The SA Weather Service...
Considerata SA’s first-ever Droughtmaster beef breed production sale, held late last month, achieved impressive prices. A total of 47 animals went under the hammer at AfriDome in Parys, Free State.
The number of tractors and combine harvesters sold in June grew by 13,6% and 100% respectively. This is according to the latest sales figures from the South African Agricultural Machinery...
Eight developing maize farmers plan to better themselves and their community through government and private assistance, hard work and a determination to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible.
Aquaponics involves the organic production of crops and fish in a holistic system – the plants are cultivated using fish waste as the main source of nutrients. Leslie Ter Morshuizen...
The closure of many agricultural colleges has left a skills shortage in rural communities. Nutritionist Perseverance Madoda started Thuto-ya-Sechaba training centre to fill the gap. Peter Mashala reports.
When Simon Txoanyana – a retired SANDF member – decided to farm in 1999, he realised he couldn’t afford a commercial farm. Mike Burgess spoke to him about how he...
Zakhe Agricultural College, situated on Baynesfield Estate in KwaZulu-Natal, celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. Principal and executive officer, Richard Dladla, gives an overview of this private college.
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...

Namibian farmhouse design

Heiko has a farm in Namibia and is looking to build a farmhouse on the land. Read on to see what Jonno has come up with.
There’s something special about one-pot cooking. This hearty combination of beans, onions and smoked pork belly needs only a wedge of bread to soak up the flavour-rich juices.

At the foot of a mountain

Jonno helps a couple with a house near Barberton.
Dear Jonno I am a Farmer’s Weekly magazine subscriber and I normally see your beautiful plans in it. I do not know if you could assist me. I want a...

A house with rondavels

Jonno has a challenge to design a house with four adjoining rondavels for John in Zimbabwe. See what Jonno comes up with.
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...

Osteoarthritis in the fetlock

A horse’s fetlock acts as a shock absorber during movement. Over the years, small injuries can lead to more serious problems in this joint, cautions Dr Mac.

Dinokeng 2014 results update

All went well at the prestigious Dinokeng One-Day Loft International Pigeon Race, says Thomas Smit.

Coping with colic

The threat of colic has to be taken seriously as surgery can be extremely expensive, cautions Dr Mac.

Preparing for fire

Veld fires in a high wind move faster than a galloping horse, so be prepared for the dry season, says Dr Mac.
Golden Prince, currently the most expensive pigeon in the world, is owned by two South African fanciers.
Breeding and associated genetic technologies can make a difference to the bottom line in beef cattle herds, says Japie van der Westhuizen of SA Stud Book.
The phasing out of methyl bromide and pressure on various synthetic nematicides and other compounds have sparked global interest in the use of certain brassica species to suppress soil-borne pathogens...

Communication complexities

Communication must be one of the most under-valued and misunderstood activities on a market floor.
Bacterial wilt can be a devastating disease in tomatoes. I’ve seen whole crops destroyed, and if you’re farming in a warm area where the disease is prevalent, it’s worth knowing...
As noted last week, the balance between fruit set and leaf volume can have a major effect on the yield and bearing pattern of a pepper plant through its lifetime.
Recently, I read an interesting article entitled ‘The Bathsheba Syndrome: the ethical failure of successful leaders,’ by Dean Ludwig and Clinton Longenecker.
It requires a lot of observation and experience, but Integrated Pest Management (IPM) can be practiced with cabbages.

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