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?

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Consumers can expect to pay between 12% and 15% more for their food in the coming months, but this does not translate to more money for the farmer.
Cabinet on Wednesday approved the appointments of Tshokolo Petrus Nchocho as the new CEO of the Land Bank and Mabotha Arthur Moloto as chairperson of the bank’s board.
The Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, announced on Sunday that the recent listeriosis outbreak which had resulted in 176 deaths across South Africa since January 2017, had been traced to...
South Africa's gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a better than expected rate in 2017, with the agricultural sector playing a leading role in this regard.
An intervention by Grain SA meant that maize farmers saved R100 million on transport differential costs. This was according to Grain SA CEO Jannie de Villiers.
Crop losses of up to 33% have been reported after locust swarms invaded more than 168 000ha of farmland in India, with the provinces of Rajasthan and Gujarat worst hit,...
Eastern Cape's Umnga flats was once a highly productive commercial farming area. But it slipped into decay in the early 1980s, when commercial farmers were relocated and the farms were...
Consumer interest in healthy eating is pushing up sales of fresh produce. But looking at the commodities that experienced the highest growth over the past few years, one thing is...
Increasing yields tenfold is a feat that every farmer dreams of, but few realise. Yet, for the past 20 years, Grain SA, through its Farmer Development Programme, has quietly assisted...
The Fourth Industrial Revolution can aid crop insurance, although the technology still has a long way to go to reach its full potential, according to Schalk Schultz of Santam Agriculture....
Consumers worldwide are increasingly demanding varied flavours and health benefits from tea. Meeting this demand is what German-based Teehaus Shila excels at. Lloyd Phillips spoke to deputy manager Arpan Chatterjee...
A passion for pet alpacas lead to the start of an alpaca farm in Wellington.
Hi Jonno, I have just secured a stand in one of the towns in Zimbabwe. The size of the stand is 140m2 (14m x 10m). Council bylaws stipulate that there...
To make cauliflower mash with chicken livers and chorizo sausage for four, you will need: For the mashed cauliflower: 1 head of cauliflower 2 cloves garlic 50g grated hard cheese...
Pippa's son is moving into her main house. She wants Jonno to help her design a double storey cottage with solar heating on her farm.
Pickling is a great kitchen experience, producing crunchy, exquisitely sour snacks. I suspect that there’s nothing organic that can’t be pickled. For many diners, crunchy pickled cucumbers are a constant...
The Western Cape is known for its beautiful scenery, and for this reason, David wants his house to be built on a slope facing the mountains.
Despite the disapproval of health-conscious buddies, I find it hard to resist satisfying my sweet tooth. Usually I do so with ice cream, but opted for some hot pudding, full...
The population of Canada's indigenous American plains bison is recovering after the species was nearly decimated in the late 1800s.
What you feed a dairy cow is important, but don’t lose sight of how you feed.
It's not necessary to own a fancy sand arena to school a working cow horse the cowboy way
Heinrich Bruwer's passion for superior Brahmans has led him to the best genetics in the world.
A cow’s needs can be determined through sound basic observations.
Werner Nel of Bosbok R514 Breeders near Hartbeespoort in North West started breeding bushbuck in 2010. In time, the project expanded to the point where it became necessary to isolate...
Canadian canola expert Phil Thomas says producers can improve yields with innovative technology and better farming practices. Kobus van Tonder reports on Phil’s recent visit to SA.
As mentioned in one of my previous articles polystyrene seedling trays are made by heating small polystyrene beads in a mould; they expand to fill the mould and thereby form...
Western Cape finalists for 2012 Grain Producer of the Year, Francois and Pieter Eksteen, who farm in the Rooi Karoo near Piketberg, follow in the pioneering footsteps of their father,...
The sweet potato weevil (Cylas spp) is arguably the most destructive pest of this crop.
The daily sales process is like a finely-tuned machine, and like any machine, it needs oil. In this case, that oil is communication.
It is every vegetable farmer’s dream to produce a higher yield per hectare and have the same yield winter and summer. Jacques Claassen visited an innovative lettuce producer achieving exactly...
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