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Lack of land

Human settlement and lack of accountability threaten the availability of land in Kgabalatsane.
It took three deaths before a North West municipality prioritised an ongoing issue. It was solved in a day.

Plough for more

The SAPS has identified incidents of crime and violence on farms and small holdings as an emerging priority in the current 2016/2017 financial year and part of their integrated approach...
The International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCO-CSA) needs R13,5 million (K10 million) for the spraying of red locusts in Zambia in an effort to manage...
Statistics from the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) show that SA citrus is becoming more popular in China.
In an effort to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition faced by many, Food Lover's Market has launched a month-long in-store campaign through which they want to provide one...
KwaZulu-Natal farmers of all races and production scales have presented a comprehensive list of their needs and concerns to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs (DAEA).
Farmers are becoming aware of how little say they may have about mining activities taking place in close proximity to them or even on their own land, and the extent...
Ten years ago Hendrik du Plessis from Die Houtwerf in Brits, North West, started a timber sawing and curing business for marketing to the furniture industry. It has grown to...
Small commercial beef producers and stud breeders make up a large and valuable part of Canada’s cattle value chain. While in Alberta, Gerhard Uys, who recently visited Farm Fair International,...
While food and agricultural stocks are often overlooked as investments, many companies offering these products represent excellent value for money. Glenneis Kriel asked a number of investment officers about the...
Craft gin has quickly become one of the most popular drinks in South Africa, and producers are struggling to keep up with local demand. Keri Harvey spoke to craft gin...

Farming to make money

From restaurant manager to Grain SA's 2010 Developing Grain Producer of the Year - how did William Matasane from Senekal do it? The secret to his success is chasing profits,...

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...

Snug cottage with a view

Jonno designs a one-bedroom cottage with a stilted wooden structure and a thatched roof for Annalie

Hush!

Sound always carries a message in the animal kingdom and the design of an animal's ear tells us something about its habitat, writes Abré J Steyn.
I received a call from a previous client to come on site and see what I could suggest to make their holiday home more user-friendly and generally improve the look...

Marinated chicken tenderloins

Most unusually for this kitchen, which believes in skin-on, bone-in chicken portions, a pack of deboned, skinned chicken breasts lay on the counter, en route to becoming a stir-fry. Close...
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the...

Building a house on a budget

Here are a few budget friendly design and styling options to choose from for a cost-effective home.

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.
If your horse is coughing, it’s extremely important to identify the cause. Contact your vet to make a diagnosis. There are many different types of cough – but the most...
In this second instalment on farming pigs, we look at which breeds to consider and how to examine a pig to see whether it’s healthy.
Dr Erika van Zyl discusses alternative manners in which to deal with parasites in smallstock.
Ingo Rix’s Black Nossob Santa Gertrudis stud near Witvlei in Namibia, is the only stud in Southern Africa with a Breedplan 5-Star Completeness of Performance accreditation. He told Annelie Coleman how...
Roundworms: Although conditions in the summer rainfall area are not so conducive for new wireworm infestations, there were still numerous reports of losses due to this parasite.

Now’s the time!

While I’m on a roll about the positive developments taking place on markets, there’s another issue which I believe needs attention in the sector.
To maximise pecan nut production, it is crucial to prepare the soil properly. This includes applying fertiliser correctly, ensuring sufficient macroelements, and proper orchard planning. A team from Laeveld Agrochem...
Major apple producers across the world are switching to high-density planting to reduce labour costs, improve fruit quality and increase production. Willie Kotze, research and development manager at Dutoit Group,...

Producing onions out of season

You can trick onions into providing an out-of-season crop ready for market when the price is just about at its peak by planting small bulbs called ‘sets’.
Hendri Jansen van Rensburg is the latest farmer to join the ranks of the Free State Young Farmers of the Year. At 35 he just made the cut-off age for...
Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.

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