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Pöttinger Terradiscs

Pöttinger Terradiscs – wider and faster

Pöttinger Terradiscs, very wide, high-speed disc harrows, were launched at Agritechnica 2018 in Hanover.
The desert: hot, dry, and perfect for fish production

The desert: hot, dry, and perfect for fish production

Groundwater extracted from arid areas is often unsuitable for irrigation, but it would be ideal for aquaculture.
The Bateleurs: Flying animals to safety for 20 years

The Bateleurs: Flying animals to safety for 20 years

The Bateleurs, a non-profit company, provides a flight support programme for conservation and the environment. In operation for 20 years, this unique organisation has a membership of about 220 pilots...
How to build a horse crush

How to build a horse crush

The routine handling of horses is simplified if you own a crush pen, says Dr Mac.
Merino sheep

Merino sheep: sacrificing size for superior wool

By producing medium-framed Merino sheep with ultra-fine wool, Johan Müller can run more animals and generate as much income as producers of larger-framed animals. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...
Huguenot Farms dairy manager Stuart Marais

Mixed farming: a successful synergy of citrus and dairy

Huguenot Farms in the Sundays River Valley is implementing a long-term, mixed farming strategy that will see its ‘beautiful soils’ produce to their full potential. Sabrina Dean visited the farm,...
Mbilase and her son, Ahlumine,

Persistence pays off for award-winning citrus farmer

Noluthando Mbilase, who farms near Fort Beaufort, recently won the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Top Entrepreneur Export Markets title in its annual Female Entrepreneur Awards. The award is...
Nematodes’ negative impact on African leafy vegetables

Nematodes’ negative impact on African leafy vegetables

Plant parasitic nematodes pose a serious threat to food security in Africa as they damage crops and hamper production. Dr Nancy Ntidi, a nematologist at the Agricultural Research Council, spoke...
Agri training falling further behind

Agri training falling further behind

A widely held sentiment among farmers and agribusiness leaders is that South African agricultural colleges can no longer be trusted to produce appropriately trained, technically skilled professionals.
Caring for your tractor tyres

Caring for your tractor tyres

How long will your new tyres last? That depends on whether you use them correctly and drive carefully. And this applies regardless of tyre quality.
Napoleon Holborn

Beef farming as part of a broader business

Napoleon Holborn of Komga is the 2018 Agricultural Research Council’s Emerging Beef Farmer for the Eastern Cape. Mike Burgess visited him to learn about his beef operation and how he...
Managing for profit by Peter Hughes

Do you know what today’s consumers are eating?

Don’t be caught napping by changes in dietary trends. They could hit your profits hard. The data is there; analyse it and adapt your product range accordingly.

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Dealing with Anthia beetles in your paddocks

The Anthia beetle squirts a highly irritant fluid into the eyes of animals. This substance can cause redness, inflammation and swelling. Dr Mac explains how to manage these insects on...

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