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Buffalo on the Luvuvhu River

Training the future guardians of our natural environment

EcoTraining, a South Africa-based company, has helped more than 11 000 people from around the world qualify as nature guides, and its graduates are sought after by the ecotourism industry....
Dealing with blight in sunflowers

Dealing with blight in sunflowers

Severe brown blight infection in sunflowers results in smaller seeds, a reduced yield, and lower oil content.
A bay male

‘Is my horse bay or brown in colour?’

Knowing the difference is important to breeders, as the genetics are not the same, although the colours may appear similar, says Dr Mac.
Dr Michael Cramer

Termites and grazers: a complex, subtle relationship

After a number of farmers near Middelburg in the Eastern Cape expressed concern about increasing termite activity, James Hagan, an MSc student in ecology, conducted a study on the effects...
100 years of John Deere tractors

100 years of John Deere tractors

One of the greatest success stories in the agricultural machinery industry started a century ago with the launch of the Waterloo Boy tractor in the US Midwest.
Why SA leads the world in effective lucerne hay grading

Why SA leads the world in effective lucerne hay grading

Lucerne is one of the most important hay crops in South Africa, but differences in quality can have a marked effect on livestock performance and profitability, especially in the dairy...
Poultry house

Chicken housing – get the basics right!

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...
Cattle theft made brutal by Africa’s illicit arms trade

Cattle theft made brutal by Africa’s illicit arms trade

The circulation of illicit arms has made cattle rustling more violent and harmful. East Africa has lessons to share on prevention, say Duncan E Omondi Gumba and Nelson Alusala of...
Managing for profit by Peter Hughes

Put people first, and the profits will follow

So often we hear managers say: ‘Our people are our most precious asset’. Here’s a poultry farmer who takes this approach to an entirely new level.
Tea importer’s modern business plan for a classic product

Tea importer’s modern business plan for a classic product

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...
Breeding Bonsmaras for versatility and profit

Breeding Bonsmaras for versatility and profit

With Bonsmaras having been bred for decades in South Africa for local conditions, the standards for this beef breed are firmly established. One Free State farming family is building on...
Signs of a healthy dairy cow

Signs of a healthy dairy cow

To be profitable, a dairy herd must be in good shape. It’s therefore crucial to be able to recognise a healthy dairy cow, and know when things are not right.

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Mixed reaction expected from agri sector to repo rate reduction

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The decision by the South African Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Committee to lower the repo rate to 6,5%, down from 6,75%, will affect different role players in the agriculture value...

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