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SA’s maintenance emergency - time for change

SA’s maintenance emergency – time for change

As a journalist working for Farmer’s Weekly, you regularly get to experience the bumps, cracks, potholes and other obstacles that crowd out the smooth and flat parts of many provincial...

Recognise a business relationship for what it is!

When it comes to business, suppliers and customers don’t want ‘friendship’. They want good products at a fair price.
Shaydan inclinometer: safety on the slopes

Shaydan inclinometer: safety on the slopes

A tractor-mounted slope alarm that improves operator safety and prevents expensive accidents is now available.
The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The digital sharing economy: a cheaper way to mechanise

The cost of farm machinery is a major challenge for small-scale and commercial farmers. Nick Hoffman, general manager at Linebooker, and Jehiel Oliver, creator of Hello Tractor, explain how new...
The basics of subdividing:

The basics of subdividing

The assistance of a land surveyor is key to ensuring lawful procedure. Altus Strydom, chairperson of the South African Geomatics Institute, spoke to Gerhard Uys.

Determining wheat yield

It’s important to adapt and revise your management strategies as the cropping environment, yield potential, commodity prices and input costs change.
Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Demand for litchis and avocados has soared and encouraged producers to embrace precision farming methods. Stephan Schoeman, owner of Soetkalmoes Consultation in Nelspruit, an advisory service for the tree crops...
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...

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