Farmers, and businesses generally, have all lived through disruptions, but never before have we experienced anything like this. Here are some ideas on how to get through this trying period.
A distressing number of family businesses collapse amid heartache and recriminations. Yet failure is not inevitable! With careful preparation, family members can lay a solid foundation for success.

Beware of the black swan

Any manager worth his or her salt takes the necessary action to mitigate damage from normal business risks. But how well will your farming operation cope with a wholly unexpected...

Plough for more

Temperatures across the country were expected to remain above average towards mid-winter. The possibility of an El Niño event had also significantly increased.
Thousands of day-old broiler chicks at a hatchery east of Pretoria narrowly escaped being consumed by an inferno that eventually severely damaged the building and the incubation equipment that it...
In preparation for the reefer peak season, which commences between October and March, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in Cape Town will increase the terminals carrier fleet from eight to 12.
The effective conservation and management of SA’s scarce freshwater resources received a major boost recently when government designated KwaZulu-Natal’s 958ha Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve as the country’s 21st Ramsar site.
Macadamia farmers in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal stand to gain from a major new export contract.
An incident at Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth, in which a race horse has reportedly been slaughtered by protestors, is a “sad, sad situation”.
While food and agricultural stocks are often overlooked as investments, many companies offering these products represent excellent value for money. Glenneis Kriel asked a number of investment officers about the...
Starting literally overnight and through necessity 25 years ago, the family company Darling Creamery now produces over 300 separate high-quality product lines – and is proof that success comes from...
Economic - The immediate inference one might make regarding economic reasons for a retrenchment is that the business is suffering losses and needs to cut costs by reducing the number...

The Darling of bush vine wine

Grown on dry, unirrigated land, Darling Wines of Origin produce wines with intense flavour and have proven to be as popular locally as abroad.
Rooibos has been grown in Wupperthal in the Western Cape for almost 200 years. Recently, the small industry has become more profitable, thanks to a co-operative formed to gain Fairtrade...
Anton and Sharon Kock’s Ember Down goose down and feather business has been built on ethical farming practices, attention to detail and meticulous management.
There’s something gloriously accessible in the word ‘stew’. It represents the best values of the home cook: simple but well-chosen ingredients, and classic and extraordinarily potent kitchen skills and techniques.

Laeveld icecream

Only very good friends share their recipes. This one comes from my very good friend Immie Mostert, who got it from her grandmother, Suzanne le Grange. Now it’s yours –...

Christmas trifle

This is without doubt the simplest dessert recipe I know, with the exception of vanilla ice cream. The only skill demanded of you is to make the trifle look elegant...
This quick and easy recipe produces a meal that works almost as well cold as it does hot, providing content for a dinner party or picnic. The breakthrough that makes...

How to make Biscotti

Biscotti are what Italians dip into their espresso, because in Italy there are no rusks. Use this recipe to qualify as a baking mafioso, or in time even a don....

Designing a block of flats

Dear Jonno I need your help as I would like to build several one- and two-bedroom flats on a 1ha piece of land. I would like these to be double-storey...
Champion fancier Joe Lemos’s retirement got off to a healthy start with an auction of his birds bringing in big money, says Thomas Smit.

All about the leg wrap

Leg wraps will protect your horse, especially while travelling, but if not applied properly they can do damage. Learn how to do them properly.

Horses: dealing with worms

These creepy little creatures are everywhere, just waiting to invade your horse, warns Kim Dyson.
The Senepol holds the key to sustainable and profitable beef production in South Africa, says Wilhelm Oosthuyzen, owner of Senepol SA’s 2015 Stud Herd of the Year. Annelie Coleman visited...
Careful management and marketing are both crucial in Boer goat production. Pip Nieuwoudt of Nama Stud, the oldest Boer goat stud in the Western Cape, spoke to Jeandré du Preez...
Kleiheuwel Trust, based in Bredasdorp, recently achieved one of the top 10 best prices in the history of South African wool sales, and the highest price during the previous season’s...

A fine fynbos business

Fifteen years ago, Jacky Goliath and Elton Jefthas planted 1 000 fynbos plants in Elton’s back garden, establishing De Fynne Nursery. Today, operating on 22ha, De Fynne is a renowned...
Diversification and crop rotation keep Petrus van der Walt busy 12 months of the year. But the bottom line has been worth the effort for this 2011 Limpopo Farmer of...

Make it work

Last week I wrote about the all-important fiduciary relationship between producer and market agent. Now I’d like to offer a few suggestions to both parties as to how to make...
We have to face facts: politics plays a disproportionate role in fresh produce markets. I use the word ‘disproportionate’ because what politics contributes in perceived benefits is far outweighed by...
Over the years, I’ve listened to market people bemoaning the fact that producers supply direct to supermarkets.
Drought in the northern Eastern Cape played havoc with this season’s raspberry crop of the Berrynice Berry Company. Fortunately, a small land of strawberries planted as a trial provided a...
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