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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

The Water Research Commission (WRC), together with North West University’s (NWU’s) Vaal Campus, are in the process of establishing the South African Water History Archival Repository (SAWHAR).
Nico Harris, owner of Nguni Vriendschap Boerdery in Melmoth in KwaZulu-Natal, was named the Farmer’s Weekly mentor breeder of the year at the 2016 SA Stud Book Elite awards on...
There were at least 600 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of technically-recoverable shale gas in the Karoo, but getting it out through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) could have dire consequences for the...
Good demand and increased domestic consumption in China, coupled with a weaker South African currency, drove mohair prices upwards consistently during the financial year ended May this year.
In response to an enquiry from Forestry South Africa (FSA), the Department of Labour (DoL) has confirmed that the new minimum wages for workers in the country’s commercial forestry sector...
Agri SA has requested an “urgent meeting” with the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, following the release of national crime statistics on Tuesday.
Grown on dry, unirrigated land, Darling Wines of Origin produce wines with intense flavour and have proven to be as popular locally as abroad.
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.
After having built up a successful fruit trading enterprise, Joseph Hendricks began farming apples and pears on land that was in desperate need of attention. Today his farming company, Kaapschön,...
Jasmyn in Hartbeespoort has grown from a double garage-size farm stall to a farmers’ market of choice for fresh food lovers in the Gauteng area. The farm and shop are...
The planned ethanol-from-sugar-beet project in Cradock looks like it's going ahead. But the farming community has been left divided, with some excited by the prospect of new markets, while others...
Linda Nghatsane is someone who sees ­opportunity in hard work. Sound financial ­planning, good farming practices and a lot of sweat and tears have finally paid off for this former...
Dear Lina Thank you for the informative written requirements and ideas for additions and alterations to your existing farmhouse. In the sketch layout of the additions required, I’ve tried not...
Estelle and Barry would like to build a retirement home on their son’s farm in the eastern Free State.

Plan your roof space

Daleen & Hennie from Lydenburg wrote in response to a house design in Farmer’s Weekly on 21 September 2012.

Prince Igor beef fillet

Ever since the first man stuck a lump of meat on a stick and held it over a fire, roasting has been a mainline tradition. With a history this long,...

Making sense of sound

It's easy to take hearing for granted as most of us know nothing about how the delicate ear interprets sound waves, writes Abré J Steyn.
Unreformed carnivore that I am, the vegetable kingdom flickers only marginally on my culinary consciousness. But here’s a brinjal-based collection of tastes and aromas that’s impossible to ignore. It’s easy...
Many riders have been inspired to try the musical kur after watching the recent Olympics, says Dr Mac.
Breeding pigeons that win requires perseverance, experience and a whole lot of trial and error, writes Thomas Smit.
The appearance of healthy prize-winning pigeons is linked to hygiene, writes Thomas Smit.
Heat training will only help to a point. Pigeons should have the right genotype to handle heat.
Wool production cannot be achieved without flock security. Farmer BP Greyling has successfully targeted crime and predators in Wakkerstroom to keep his farming running smoothly. Lindi van Rooyen reports.
Developing machine-shearing skills in the South African wool industry could arm shearers with the expertise to pursue potentially lucrative careers in countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
A degree of operational loss is unavoidable when using irrigation. But water loss because of poor or non-existent maintenance of irrigation equipment, pipelines and dams, is unacceptable.

(Mis)managing Markets

Regular readers of this column will know that I’m ascerbic in my criticism of municipalities controlling and managing fresh produce markets.
The survival mechanisms that enabled the ancestors of modern crops to survive in the wild will influence the efficacy of the fertiliser we apply to these crops today.
Erika Oberholzer produces microgreens and elfin vegetables for local and export markets, as well as herbs and medicinal plants for the essential oils industry, on 7ha in Midrand.

What is spinach?

The term ‘spinach’ refers to different species in different countries. In South Africa, there are two common species that we call ‘spinach’ – Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris) and baby spinach...

Haute couture food garden

As a luxury art, hospitality and wine destination, Delaire Graff Estate blends many elements, but its roots are in the soil. Its gourmet restaurants are stocked with produce from its...

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