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 Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Approved Storage Operator supports the issuing of JSE Guaranteed Grade (GG) wheat certificates.
Recommendations aimed at boosting wheat production in East Africa have been approved by the principal secretaries for trade in Kenya and Tanzania, Dr Chris Kiptoo and Prof Adolf Mkenda.
Free State farmer, Dan Kriek, was elected Agri SA’s new president during its congress in October. He spoke to Sabrina Dean about the association’s new strategy, and its vision to...
South Africa is on the brink of becoming a net importer of food from Europe as growth in the positive trade balance slows down.
The wine industry welcomed concessions made in excise duty hikes, as announced by finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, in the national budget.
The Grain SA executive announced an undertaking at the 2015 Grain SA congress to work with members of the agricultural value chain regarding financial relief for the drought-stricken grain producers...
Niklaas Slinger, the Agricultural Writers Emerging Farmer of the Year, never went to school. He was a farmworker for the Theron family for 20 years, and when Jan Theron died,...
The natural beauty isn't the only reason why many agri-investors are eyeing Georgia. During a whirlwind tour as guest of the State Ministry on Diaspora Issues, Farmer's Weekly editor Alita...

Tina on feeding a nation

Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s current term as minister of agriculture is drawing to a close. Speaking to Alita van der Walt and Anneli Groenewald, she highlights her successes, and explains how she...
It is pointless running any business if there is no commitment to achieving profits in a sustainable manner. Dr Michael Bradfield, CEO of both AgriBSA and Wagyu South Africa, highlighted...

Dealing with land claims

The pending reopening of the land claims window for a further five years could see a flood of claims being lodged on South African farms. With more than 7 000...

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...
Just when I thought there was nothing new to learn about cooking chicken, along came a totally unexpected roasting method. Not only that, but I received this recipe from a...

Functional medieval keep

Issue date: 24 September 2010
In one of my other lives, I write a weekly television review. US swamp-related documentaries grab my attention from time to time, and it was from these that I learnt...
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the...

Building a farmhouse in Zim

Jonno designs a single storey mechanically movable house for Lorna who is relocating to Zimbabwe.

Dolls & bugs

Girls should not be deprived of interacting with nature and being exposed to fieldsports, writes Abré J Steyn.
Groundwater extracted from arid areas is often unsuitable for irrigation, but it would be ideal for aquaculture.
Protein and energy deficiencies have been reported from many areas of the country. If early spring and summer rains do not fall, many areas will face food shortages. Start planning...

Brahmans come in from the cold

Brahman stud breeder James Prinsloo runs a thriving cattle enterprise on the Mpumalanga highveld where winter temperatures can fall to -12°C. Known for their resilience to heat and drought, the...
Horse lovers can chat for hours about their horses and their wonderful personalities – but what are their animals’ actual strengths and weaknesses? How do they get along with other...
Thousands of lambs and calves have died in South Africa and Botswana in recent years due to a virulent, fast-spreading Cryptosporidium and Escherichia coli disease complex. Veterinarian Dr Liezel Wasserman,...
Well-balanced stud animals are crucial to the profitability of a commercial beef cattle enterprise, say Jean van der Merwe and Willie Landman, owners of the Black Hills Drakensberger stud near...
The Rethabiseng Food Garden Project’s new flow-through vermicasting operation not only complements the organic production of vegetables and herbs, but is helping to combat climate change.
Watermelons are generally grown in fairly dry climates as this reduces the risk of diseases considerably.

Learning the ropes

Many people think that when they plan to market their fruit or vegetables, their first stop should be a supermarket.
Top Free State maize producers Johan (Snr) and Johan (Jnr) van Huyssteen counteracted increasing grain input costs by phasing out wheat and sunflower crops in favour of maize. This made...

Is your customer king?

It’s said that businesses most likely to survive a recession are those that genuinely believe the ‘customer is king’.
Byron Booysen started farming only five years ago and now produces tomatoes and other crops in an undercover system on 1,9ha just outside Kraaifontein near Cape Town. Jeandré van der...
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