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Smart Farming in South Africa

Smart Farming in South Africa

A South African farmer was amongst a number of producers selected by the German Agricultural Society to highlight the success that smart farming can achieve.
Vietnamese pho: Looks like soup, tastes like heaven

Vietnamese pho: Looks like soup, tastes like heaven

A friend of mine recently returned from Hanoi, bringing with him happy memories of pho, an aromatic, beef stock-based noodle soup made with beef or chicken, and chillies. He came...
Farming & conservation go hand- in- hand on Swartland farm

Farming & conservation go hand-in-hand on Swartland farm

Bartholomeus Klip in the Swartland region in the Western Cape has been owned by the Parker family since 1935, and is a successful, diversified enterprise. Livestock, crops and game are...
Why can’t that cow stand up?

Why can’t that cow stand up?

A number of diseases and conditions can result in cattle and other ruminants being unable to stand up.
Happy pigs make for good business

Happy pigs make for good business

With 9 600 sows, Chalala Farms near Malmesbury in the Swartland will soon produce more than 275 000 piglets per year. Jeff van Zyl, manager of the piggery, spoke to Glenneis...
Global farming - Dr Koos Coetzee

Farming without government support

In many countries, farmers are supported in various ways by government. South Africa’s real competition lies not in these largely inefficient farming systems, but in other unsubsidised countries such as...
Peter O’Halloran - Tax advice

The libertarian’s views on taxes

Libertarians have some interesting theories about taxation, and it all starts with the non-aggression principle.
Climate change data cannot be faked

Climate change data cannot be faked

Now that all the most crucial changes on South Africa’s political landscape have come to pass, we can turn our attention for a moment to those challenges that will not...
Single-step genomics: a game changer for livestock breeding

Single-step genomics: a game changer for livestock breeding

The Single Step method makes it possible to include genomic information in BLUP breeding values. This has put SA Stud Book at the forefront of genomic methodology, says Dr Japie...
Harvesting the ‘Hands-free Hectare’

Harvesting the ‘Hands-free Hectare’

The ground-breaking Hands-free Hectare project, which sought to grow a crop using only autonomous vehicles, has come to an end with a successful harvest.
Small-herd stud farming is big business in Canada

Small-herd stud farming is big business in Canada

Small commercial beef producers and stud breeders make up a large and valuable part of Canada’s cattle value chain. While in Alberta, Gerhard Uys, who recently visited Farm Fair International,...
Top female entrepreneur winning over the wine industry

Top female entrepreneur winning over the wine industry

Berene Damons, the department of agriculture’s 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the agro-processing category, started work at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards 17 years ago. Promoted almost immediately to...

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Latest rhino poaching statistics called into question

Latest rhino poaching statistics called into question

While the 25% decline in rhino poaching incidences in South Africa between 2017 and 2018 should be cause for celebration, some are calling into question the accuracy of these latest...

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