Farm Basics


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 poultry case study

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has raised R2,58 million of external funding from DAFF and Agri-SETA for skills training in 2012/2013.
South African grain producers were called upon to report all red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea) breeding and roosting places as a matter of urgency to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and...

Namibia in pictures

South Africa’s neighbour Namibia is known for its arid landscape, especially in the southern parts of the country. The country however, received good rains during March.
A commercial farmer in the Free State, Eddie Prinsloo (63), is empowering his farmworkers through a land ownership initiative in which he sold a 1 500ha farm to the government...
A record number of women from across the Northern Cape have entered the provincial leg of the annual Female Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (FEA) competition.
Fynbos species diversity has declined due to increasingly longer hot, dry summers, affecting particularly species that sprout and germinate after the season’s fires.
If nothing is done to increase water availability in the Vaal River water supply system - including clamping down on illegal water use by irrigation farmers - it will be...
André Cloete, an apple, pear and sheep farmer from the Overberg, is this year’s recipient of the fruit industry’s Novice Award. Thanks to hard work and attention to detail, André...
Argentina is often seen as a farmers’ paradise – a land of milk and honey, beef and soya. But farmers in that country say that margins are tight and politicians...
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...
In the second-last part of this series, Peter Hittersay looks at fuel conservation, storage and refuelling, as well as safety standards.
Amongst the mostly abandoned factories and warehouses of Dimbaza, a small mohair weaving facility still produces internationally acclaimed 100% mohair carpets. Mike Burgess visited the Dimbaza Mohair Weavers factory.

Head space

Jonno sketches a starter home for FW reader Andre.

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...

DIY Artisanal Pasta

Cooking is more than following a recipe. Those who grow their own vegetables or keep fowls understand this. But becoming expert in the basic aspects of food production is a...

A tree house design

Dear Jonno My husband and I open our Farmer’s Weekly to your ‘Hillbilly Homes’ column before paging to any of the other interesting topics. We have been watching the TV...

Pork casserole

This traditional recipe is a classic, just waiting for your personal enhancements.
The Nqabara River mouth on the Wild Coast boasts exceptional fishing and unique natural beauty. In addition, the Nqabara River valley’s route to the coast also presents a rewarding glimpse...
At a carcass competition, a livestock producer can test his production methods and standards through the expert eyes of the judges. Producers and consumers also benefit from top quality meat....
We’ve written a good deal about the world’s best One-Day Loft racer, but very little has been said about its breeding mates, notes Thomas Smit.
Cool, high-altitude regions with soil unsuitable for crop production can be turned into lucrative fish farms.
Don't be fooled by the Dexter's size - this dual-purpose breed carries a higher proportion of its body weight as saleable meat than most beef breeds, and offers sterling weight...

A lack of will

The agricultural sector continues its decline – in value and employment terms.
At a recent poultry production course hosted by the Agricultural Research Council and presented by Paulus Sape and July Mahlangu, Farmer’s Weekly journalist Gerhard Uys learnt about some of the...
The relationship between producer and market agent remains at the core of a fresh produce market.
Five Mpumalanga apple farmers have pooled their resources to establish their own packhouse, but each producer is independently responsible for producing a quality product in the orchard. Producers Jan Grey...

Know your soil – Part 3

As a soil’s fertility and condition improve, so the value of the soil increases dramatically. Generally, the price per hectare of farmland does not vary much across a region, but...
Recently, I wrote about the eight marketing options available to a fresh produce farmer and the need for these to give value for money.
Paul Cluver, managing director of Paul Cluver Wines, and his sister, Karin, the production manager, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about new technologies used to improve fruit and wine production efficiency,...
Swiss chard is easy to grow and exceptionally productive, but it does take a lot of nutrients out of the ground.

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