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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 photograph posted on Facebook showing a smiling Mellissa Bachman with her trophy lion has elicited severe criticism, “as if this lion is the last nail in the coffin” of...
The members of parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have in the past repeatedly expressed their frustration about the agriculture department.
Potatoes are the fastest-moving commodity in the Easter Cape’s OR Tambo district, said Ikhona Mvaphantsi, Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) spokesperson.
Government plans to accelerate land reform, but there’s still very little clarity about the policy direction that will be taken to speed up redistribution.
Increased volumes of raw milk production in South Africa were not the result of growth in dairy farm units but were due to the competitive nature of the dairy industry,...
The SA forestry industry has questioned the rationale behind some aspects of the diesel tax rebates offered by SARS.
Transferring a farming operation amicably to the next generation requires communication and planning, says agri-economist Dr Philip Theunissen.

Bucking the bulk wine trend

Bulk wine exports have become the backbone of South Africa’s international wine trade. But to increase profitability and ensure financial sustainability, Riebeek Cellars is instead investing in a rebranding exercise...
Niklaas Slinger, the Agricultural Writers Emerging Farmer of the Year, never went to school. He was a farmworker for the Theron family for 20 years, and when Jan Theron died,...
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...
SA’s biggest macadamia processor, Green Farms Nut Company, has entered into a joint venture with its Australian counterparts to become the world’s largest macadamia marketing company.
Lesedi Day Care was established by Katlego Sitrus to provide a safe and nurturing environment for farmworkers’ children. Wilma den Hartigh visited the farm school near Marble Hall.
Jonno designs a natural farm-style house with stone and wood for Tina.

No corny Business

Just when you thought you had heard them all, along comes something else you can do with a mealie. Thanks to the Thai-style dipping sauce, these delicious fritters can be...

Modern farmhouse in Kenya

Dear Jonno I own a farm in Kenya, and am looking to build a farmhouse with modern interiors. The building site is on a slight slope, and the main views...
I received a call from a KZN midlands farmer, to come and see some outbuildings that he would like to convert into accommodation for prospective adventurers. In the sketch I’ve...
Dear Jonno, I would like your help building a house in Underberg.

Six-bedroom elegance

Dear Jonno I am a regular reader of Farmer’s Weekly and have been impressed with your designs. I’m working abroad but am considering retiring back home in Zimbabwe. I want to...
The causes of ‘parrot mouth’ in horses are unclear, and treatment can be expensive.
Remove sand from the bowel and so prevent later problems, says Kim Dyson.

SAMDPR final results

The final race of the 17th SA Million Dollar Pigeon Race saw results based on the quality and fitness of the top pigeons on the day, says Thomas Smit.

The top 2015 SAPIR results

The Hot Spot series and the final of this invitational have been concluded, enabling a few fortunate fanciers to impress their bank managers,says Thomas Smit.

Piebald or Pinto?

Piebald and pinto horses have large areas of white hair, with pink skin underneath, due to a lack of pigmentation, says Dr Mac.

Organically overboard

In 2003 Reuter Sorour and Andrew Tilsley, joined later by neighbour Alec Botha, began producing organic-in-conversion milk for Woolworths via their national organic centre for milk production near Bloemfontein, Homsek...
Kiewiet, Theo and Neilus Ferreira have long realised that soil is a farm’s greatest asset, so they expend as much effort on crop rotation as on growing crops. A family...
The self-regulating ecological balance in nature’s soils is what keeps them so sustainably productive. Graeme Sait, CEO of Nutri-Tech Solutions in Australia, says that farmers need to learn more from...
Vegetable seedlings vary quite a bit, so make sure you tell your seedling grower what you need.
While many emerging farmers usually battle to survive, being thrown in the deep end helped organic farmer Jimmy Ka-Botha to succeed. Today he supplies Woolworths and Pick n Pay. Peter...
The eastern Free State’s apple orchards are doing well with a small edge in marketing time over the more established orchards of the Western Cape. Lloyd Phillips talks to Charles...
Sweet piquanté peppers, popularly known as peppadews, require all the attention a farmer can spare to produce good results. Limpopo farmer, Jaco Kriel, spoke to Gerhard Uys about producing this...

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