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Developing an agritourism operation may present a viable way to increase your farming income, while still maintaining normal farming activities, but it may not be suitable for every farm or...
Agritourism can offer farmers an ideal avenue for diversifying their agricultural enterprises while earning additional income. In a four-part series, Julinda Schroeder examines the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a tourism...

To catch a carp

SA fishing tackle suppliers have capitalised on the popularity of carp angling and the many ways to catch this voracious fish.

Plough for more

A record 2 163 young wines, 10% more than last year, were entered for the 2015 SA Young Wine Show.
A wine grape producer from Robertson has been found not guilty on assault charges.
As the wet weather conditions start to clear up, Eskom said it did not foresee any further load shedding.
It is the daily responsibility of every South African farmer and resident to conserve the country’s precious soil resources.
With entries for the prestigious 2016 World Cheese Awards (WCA) now closed, competition organisers have been able to confirm that 52 entries were received from 13 of South Africa’s cheesemakers.
Incidents of lion, tiger and crocodile poisoning have increased in Limpopo, according to Willem van Jaarsveld, head executive manager of Agri Limpopo.

‘We feel secure’

With the option of buying a controlling share in Kanhym Estates, one of South Africa's most successful agribusinesses, empowerment consortium Kgomo Kgolo seems to have done a good job in...
The closure of many agricultural colleges has left a skills shortage in rural communities. Nutritionist Perseverance Madoda started Thuto-ya-Sechaba training centre to fill the gap. Peter Mashala reports.
There is still confusion in the agriculture sector about the need for water-use licences, says Desmond Visser. Now the application process has been streamlined.

Are you a criminal?

It seems people can come on your land and kill you with impunity these days, but woe betide the farmer who fiddles with a watercourse or indulges in a “listed...
A number of illness-related deaths and low productivity in the workforce spurred poultry producer Astral to implement a wellness programme that reduced fatal illnesses and significantly improved overall health and...
Agrico has served the SA farming community for more than a hundred years. HEre's how they stay ahead of the game while retaining traditional values.

A hint of the US in RSA

Gershom contacted me with regard to an old dilapidated farm house that he had bought just outside the town of Estcourt in KZN.

Chicken roasted in beer

Chicken is a national bird in Africa. Where there are people, you will find chickens. Here is an outstanding combination of flavours, all centred upon a slightly boozy version of...

Anchovy butter

You’ve grilled the perfect steak. How could you make it even better? Nothing, if you are a purist. Quite a lot, if you’re ready to venture into the unknown. To...
Dear Jonno We really need your help: our thatch home burnt down! Please find attached the photo of what is left as well as the old plan of the house....

Zulu-style tourist cottages

I am in the final stages of refining a large project comprising tourist cottages, as well as wedding and conference facilities, in the foothills of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg.

Tournedos Chasseur

For the mid-20th century connoisseur, the ideal of fine dining consisted of a prawn cocktail, followed by Tournedos Chasseur, finished off by an Irish coffee. Here’s that very same culinary...
The Fodderbank Grazing Management System allows an entire farm to be grazed annually, but only one third is grazed during the active growing season. Jorrie Jordaan of the Towoomba Research...

Fitting a saddle

Every horse should be equipped with its own saddle, and this should be checked twice a year to ensure that it still fits well, says Kim Dyson.
The appearance of healthy prize-winning pigeons is linked to hygiene, writes Thomas Smit.
The University of Fort Hare's Nguni Cattle Project, launched in 2003, is successfully managing the resurgence of the Nguni cattle breed in its traditional home of the former Ciskei and...
Allie Gordon from Leeu-Gamka in the Karoo, named the Top Entrepreneur Smallholder in the Western Cape Female Entrepreneur 2011 awards, started farming with 50 Dorpers in 2005. By 2010, her...
SA’s environmental approach of preserving rather than conserving is hampering commercial tilapia culture.
Husband-and-wife team, Miki and Cathy Clark, knew nothing about farming when they began their small-scale herb production operation on 1,2ha of land five years ago. Now they produce over 2t...
Fruit farmers in the Ceres Valley will have to manage their water strategically this season, as parts of the region received less than half the annual rainfall. Louis Reynolds of...

Marketing is key

A young farmer recently asked me about marketing. His two basic questions were, “How do I go about supplying the markets?” and “What about selling locally?” I suggested he visit...
At the first annual conference of Conservation Agriculture in the Western Cape, low soil disturbance, mulching lands and crop rotation were recurring themes. Marius Swart was there.
When planting lettuce, it is very important to ensure that the soil is sufficiently moist to reduce transplant shock.

Too much regulation?

Some pundits maintain that our fresh produce markets are over-regulated. I confess that I cannot make up my mind on the issue.

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