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How to fertilise a crop correctly

How to fertilise a crop correctly

Readers frequently ask me for specific fertiliser programmes for their crops. I would happily oblige if all crops were the same!
Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

Investing in animal welfare pays off for German piggery

With the welfare of farm animals under close scrutiny in Europe, farmers there are increasingly utilising technologies and systems that balance animals’ well-being with profitability. Lloyd Phillips recently toured a...
Cashing in on game farming in the Eastern Cape

Cashing in on game farming in the Eastern Cape

Mike Burgess recently visited Warren Rieger, Wildlife Ranching SA’s (WRSA) 2016 Eastern Cape Best Newcomer, on Benghoil Private Reserve near Cathcart to see how he has managed to establish an...
Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

Carton factory cooperative pays off for citrus farmers

When a group of Letsitele citrus farmers could no longer afford packaging material, they started making it themselves. Today, their business is a major industry supplier. By Alita van der...
Merino farming family shares recipe for success

Merino farming family shares recipe for success

The Southey family of Middelburg in the Eastern Cape has a long legacy of Merino sheep farming. Generations of dedication paid off last year when Julian Southey was named the...
Learn the basics of growing tea

Learn the basics of growing tea

Tea is a challenging crop, but can be financially worthwhile under the right conditions.
Learn marketing mechanisms to maximise grain profits

Learn marketing mechanisms to maximise grain profits

According to Dr Dirk Strydom, Grain SA’s manager for grain economy and marketing, South Africa’s producers are technologically advanced, but lack marketing prowess. However, marketing opportunities abound, particularly in the...
Resolving agriculture’s transformation deadlock

Resolving agriculture’s transformation deadlock

James Martin, an independent agricultural transformation consultant and facilitator, says that transformation is a critical goal, but expecting power imbalances and prejudice to simply disappear is unreasonable. He believes that...
Creating the ultimate meatloaf dish

Creating the ultimate meatloaf dish

While chilli con carne remains this kitchen mechanic’s favourite US approach to minced meat, meatloaf comes a very close second. Here’s a simplified, classic, carnivorous recipe for beginners.
Following the spoor: What to look for

Following the spoor: What to look for

You hear the shot of the rifle and feel the recoil, but the animal runs. What should you do now? To learn about tracking, Gerhard Uys spoke to Willem van...
4 useful phone apps and technoogy for herd management

4 useful phone apps and technology for herd management

The latest herd management apps and associated technology can make a livestock farmer’s life considerably easier. Amongst other features, these digital marvels monitor cow health, reduce paperwork, provide accurate record-keeping,...
Understanding the role of the boar in breeding

Understanding the role of the boar in breeding

Novice pig farmers should start with highly marketable and popular breeds such as the Landrace or Large White, says Shane Brody.

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Global farming - Dr Koos Coetzee

Living in, and surviving, disruptive times

Never mind dwindling terms of trade. Our farmers also have to deal with a steady flow of disrupters. But good management can lead to better profits.

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