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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

South Africa’s commercial pecan production industry would like to support Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) conservation efforts.
A kudu bull has been sold for a record R9,4 million by Dries Visser, from Dries Visser Pure Bred Game.
This year bird watching enthusiasts from all over the country will attempt to record the 845 bird species found in South Africa in a day.
Abalone farming in South Africa, which first started in the 1990s, is expected to increase fivefold within the next decade.
The two-week long strike at six agricultural companies and co-operatives has recently ended with wage increase compromises reached between employers and employees’ labour unions.
Theft of equipment and timber in the industry is rampant – and escalating. The theft of chainsaws in Mpumalanga alone amounted to more than R10 million in the past two...
Former extension officer, Sithembele Malgas, started farming in the Idutywa area of the former Transkei in 1990. Today, he produces cabbages, spinach and butternut in rotation on 3,5ha under irrigation...
Today’s high cost of living sometimes means that a single income source just doesn’t cut it. Sigrid Lemmer turned to part-time meat rabbit production. She talks to Lloyd Phillips.
Former minister of agriculture Dr Kraai van Niekerk’s honeybee hobby, which he started after quitting politics in 2009, has grown into a fully-fledged farming enterprise. It is now among the...
Agricultural machinery and implements are vital to any commercial farming operation. It’s equally important that this equipment is well managed and maintained. Lloyd Phillips reports.
Since 2007, a family-run citrus business near Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape has partnered with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to empower emerging citrus farmers in the former Ciskei.
Switzerland has long been famed for what some describe as ‘stinky and holey’ cheeses. However, as Lloyd Phillips discovered, there is much more to Swiss cheeses. Some, for example, are...

Coffee break with scones

A scone is one of the best things that can happen to flour, eggs and butter. This coffee-time staple is filled with mystery, especially in the hands of home bakers...
Dear Jonno We would appreciate it if you would consider posting a suggested design for us in your next article. We would like to build a small home in Hillcrest in...
I received emails from Vincent in KwaZulu-Natal and Thambo in the Transkei. Both have the same problem as most of us in South Africa: limited finances.

Local flair cottage

Dear Jonno We intend building a comfortable two-bedroom home, with a third room for crafts and other activities, and would like to utilise as many locally available on-site materials as...

Herb-stuffed lamb

Sheep have been on the menu for over 10 000 years. It follows that there’s one hell of a lot of ways to cook one, either whole or in part....
A Tuscan-styled three bedroom home design on a farm in the North West.

Hard hats save lives

The South African Equestrian Federation doesn’t allow any rider to compete unless they’re wearing approved headgear – and for good reason, says Dr Mac.
Stefan Erasmus, the 2017 Toyota/AgriSA Eastern Cape Young Farmer, has boosted his Merino weaning rate more than 30% by lambing in a closed system. Mike Burgess visited him near Middelburg...
The modern horse lives a life far removed from that of its ancestors, and domestication imposes unnatural living conditions which can lead to disease. Kim Dyson tells us how to...

Cushing’s syndrome

Management of Cushing’s syndrome is essential, as horses suffering from this disease are very susceptible to large worm burdens, infections, weight loss and laminitis, warns Kim Dyson.
According to Johnny Morrison, chairperson of the SA Indigenous Veld Goat Club, a millenia-long migration through Africa has honed the breed into a superbly functional animal. Annelie Coleman reports.
This wound complication in horses can be serious, warns Dr Mac.
Other pests that attack cabbages Issue Date: 9 March 2007
Western Cape fruit farmer Aat Hoekstra (85) recently received the South African fruit industry’s OSH Reinecke Industry Leader Award for 2015. The British Journal of Fresh Produce has also referred...
Dying trees in plum orchards, just a few years after planting, recently sparked alarm among Western Cape farmers, especially those in the Berg River region. Prof Piet Stassen, a private...
Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.

Choose your markets

Younger farmers might find it hard to believe that their fathers had essentially one marketing option for fresh produce – the markets.
Many small-scale and other farmers seem to believe the only way to sell their fruit or vegetables is directly to a supermarket or wholesale buyer.

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