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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

Following media reports of neglect and pig cannibalism at Thandi Modise’s farm recently, she has agreed to co-operate with the NSPCA.
A delegation of Mozambican officials visited the Nampo Harvest Day to recruit farmers to develop the agricultural sector in that country.
The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has expressed concern about South Africa continuing to accept untested mechanically deboned chicken meat (MDM) imports from Brazil, following reports of corruption and food...
As the violence on Western Cape farms abated, political parties engaged in public mud-slinging, with each blaming the other. Denene Erasmus reports.
DA MP and spokesperson for agriculture Annette Steyn took to Twitter recently to share photos of the devastating drought conditions that have plagued communities in Hluhlwe, KZN.
It is estimated that between 8% and 15% of South Africa’s macadamia crop is stolen from nut producers, according to Alex Whyte, sales and marketing manager for Europe, Africa and...
A passion for pet alpacas lead to the start of an alpaca farm in Wellington.
Dirkie Willemse, an emerging farmer from Suurbraak, and his mentor Dirk van Papendorp, a livestock and crop farmer, have learnt through experience that the state's land reform and farmer support...
Buying a farm in South Africa calls for careful consideration and in-depth investigation. The purchase of high-potential agricultural land is a costly affair which should be approached with sound knowledge...
The Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape emerging beef farmer for 2015, Sinako Ntseke, farms on three properties which collectively amount to more than 1 200ha. His passion for farming drives...
Apart from a new generation of winemakers and marketers that is making a name for itself, upcoming industry leaders are embarking on a fresh strategy to ensure the industry’s success....
After producing vegetable seedlings for almost 40 years, Dux Meintjes knows how to adapt to market demands. These days, that may mean less reliance on commercial farmers and more attention...
Despite every effort to be careful, most of us burn food from time to time. Here is a rare opportunity to be careless, on purpose. We are actively seeking the...
Dear Paul Thanks for the sketch and photos of your recently-acquired farm and house. From our phone conversation, I gather you want to extend the accommodation and re-roof it with...
Like claws, my fingers groped in vain to catch something to hang onto. Having lost my balance, I was falling backwards overboard in 10m-deep croc-infested water. I plunged head-first into...
Tommy asks Jonno to help design a simple office with a thatch roof on his farm.
FW reader Peter has found the perfect spot in the Karoo to build six cottages. He asks Jonno to assist with the design.

Styles and trends

I’ve had a few calls lately from Farmer’s Weekly readers asking whether I can produce any contemporary modern-type homes.
Zolani Tyali and his son Mandange recently won the 2017 Unistel SA Stud Book Elite Developing Farmer award. Mike Burgess visited them on their farm in the Eastern Cape to...
Thanks to their innate quality and sound training, the pigeons were more than up to the challenge of the final.
Veterinary bills can be expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce these costs without compromising your horse’s health, says Dr Mac.
Tink Strydom’s Hartebeesfontein Stud produces Merinos that excel on grassveld and have good medium to strong wool. He spoke to Gavin Isted.
Pieter Schulenburg of Leeuwfontein Braford Stud has established an acclaimed stud herd through a tough selection regime. His animals thrive under the harsh conditions of the semi-arid bushveld, says Peter...
Treating skin conditions promptly will save you from bigger problems later on, says Kim Dyson.
Peppers are relatively easy to grow when conditions are suitable. If not, taking the necessary precautions will avoid some problems.
Olive farmers Silvana and Richard Atkinson of Waterfall River farm in Franschhoek, Western Cape, won the trophy for the Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil at the recently held SA Olive Awards...
Supported by the Swazi government, the EU, Illovo and traditional chiefs, a smallholder sugarcane farming project is alleviating poverty in its area of operation.
Usually, a soil analysis gives the percentage of each cation as a measure of the total cations in the soil.
The debate over food prices continues to hold centre stage. This is understandable, given that poor families in South Africa spend roughly a third of their household incomes on food,...
Grain producer, Danie Slabbert, wants to manage soil sustainably so that it remains productive for future generations. Annelie Coleman visited him on his farm in the Free State to learn...

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