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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.
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The ministerial task team appointed to assess the state of governance in North West has reported to Parliament that R413 million in irregular expenditure in the province could be attributed...
Following the August 2014 announcement of South Africa’s first ever commercially grown black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) in the Dullstroom area of Mpumalanga, the Western Cape can now lay claim to...
Bergsig Estate, in the Breedekloof, received the Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top Wine Estate for the second consecutive year, as well as the Novare Trophy for South Africa’s Top...
Speaking at the Animal Breeding and Reproductive Technology Platform (ABRTP) on Thursday, Richard York, of York Safaris said that the buffalo bull, Mystery sold for R40 million at the Thaba...
The 2016 second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures, released by Statistics South Africa, show that the economy grew by a seasonally adjusted annualised rate of 3,3% quarter-on-quarter.
With favourable sugarcane growing conditions, the prospect of an improved season ahead is realistic – with the 2013/2014 crush estimated at 20,14 million tons.
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The dairy industry and various government departments are hoping to join forces to introduce a school milk ­progamme to improve the health and learning abilities of South Africa's children.
The phasing out of the EU quota system and rising global demand for milk offer export opportunities for the Netherlands. Despite differences in demographics and production circumstances, this country has...
Hunger remains an everyday reality for 795 million people across the globe. The vast majority of these – 780 million – live in developing regions. This year’s Universal Expo, hosted...
Wildlife ranching continues to be a fast-growing industry with a bright future, notwithstanding recent negative press that its practices harm conservation, says Dr Peter Oberem, president of Wildlife Ranching SA.
Training and performance monitoring are key to encouraging productivity in the workforce. Labour consultant Walter Blore shifts the paradigm and puts farming businesses on track. Robyn Joubert reports.

Berries to the fore

Global demand for berries is at an all-time high, with sales in the UK, South Africa’s main export market for berries, expected to reach the £1 billion (R12,9 billion) mark...
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Pickled hake with onions

Cooks perfected the art of pickling food products long before they had fridges. Try this great South African classic – pickled fish – with its mouth-watering sharpness and exquisite oceanic...
Tradition says eggs make a breakfast. But what about adding some roasted vegetables? And a freshly made roti in place of toast? The only thing better than tradition is progress,...
This is based on an ancient principle: if one is good, two is better. Hence the double salsa. While best with a freshly grilled steak, this combination also works superbly...

Sizzling red-hot fish braai

There comes a time when the amateur braai mechanic realises that not all protein is red nor are all steaks beef. Here’s a magnificent fish braai procedure that I learnt...

A modern take on ‘kapstyl’

Jonno assists Rodgers this week by designing a three-bedroom house with a gable roof covered with inverted box rib roofing sheets.
Cutting tools, especially knives, are mankind’s ultimate tool, writes Abré J Steyn. This week he looks at various folding knives, including one of his favourites – Leatherman’s Klamath.
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Fighting infections

Kim Dyson offers tips on the efficient and wise use of antibiotics and preventive practices.
Mike Burgess recently visited Franci-Mari van Heerden, owner of the Witrots Hugenoot stud, and secretary and board member of Hugenoot SA, to find out why she chose the breed.
"We think the Appaloosa is the best multi-purpose horse around," says Rick Johnson of Sans Souci Farm in KwaZulu-Natal's Kamberg Valley.
The modern Santa Gertrudis is a compact, well-adapted animal that excels on the veld and in the feedlot, says stud breeder Desmond Robertson. Annelie Coleman reports.

Not all fish are born equal

Prospective fish farmers take the risk of using poor quality breeding stock when they buy fingerlings of unknown ancestry. Such fish will not grow rapidly to market size, despite good...
Equine lymphangitis is not the only cause of severe swelling in your horse’s lower limbs, says Kim Dyson.
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I often see a large amount of lettuce left behind on the land after harvesting.

Improving seedling production

To meet the demand for seedlings without compromising on quality requires a willingness to adopt new technologies and to implement strategic planning. Lloyd Phillips reports.
Research conducted in Hopefield, Western Cape, aim to show that with an understanding of protea nutrition farmers could improve their protea yields while supporting biodiversity. Issue date: 23 February 2007
The father and son team of Pauciflora Farming in Arlington attribute their success to precision farming and reduced tillage. Dirk and Herman van Rensburg were finalists in the 2013 Grain...
Farming is an intricate business and should be managed accordingly, says Richard Hobson, Grain SA’s 2014 Grain Producer of the Year and manager at Botselo Farming. Annelie Coleman visited Richard...
Many vegetable farmers are currently unhappy about the low prices they’re receiving for a wide range of vegetable products. Add increased input costs and many producers are starting to feel...
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