Home Opinion

Opinion


A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.

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

Milk producers in South Africa might soon find that high input costs and low milk prices will be topped with increased pressure to produce milk in a more environmentally friendly...
Animal activists in the US are putting pressure on Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to phase out the use of gestational crates, which restrict the movement of breeding sows.
In the wake of the EU horse meat scandal, a new study by Dr Donna-Maree Cawthorn and Prof Louw Hoffman of Stellenbosch University’s Department of Animal Sciences, in conjunction with...
The 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards competition is now underway, according to the provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
Sheep shearers from across South Africa are gathering in Bloemfontein this weekend to try and secure their place in the national team heading to the Golden Shears World Championship in...
Detectives of the Harding SAPS and members of the Kokstad Cluster Task Team in KwaZulu-Natal arrested three men suspected of robbing a farm in the area in January.
The CEO of Onderstepoort Biological Products, Dr Baptiste Dungu, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the repositioning of the state-owned veterinary company as an international player.

Game exports after FMD

The local game industry was hit hard by the EU’s ban on meat exports, lifted early last year. Now, SA exporters are struggling to regain lost revenue and re-establish markets....
Springfield Farm has invested in learnerships for its workers, has an open-door policy for agriculture students, and offers mentorships to emerging farmers.
In an area suffering from poverty and unemployment, Aredirisaneng Agricultural Co-operative in Randfontein is a shining light. This 10-women co-operative, established with funding from First Uranium Ezulwini Mine and receiving...
Roelof Bezuidenhout interviews Arthur Rudman, WRSA’s rancher of the year and MD of Blaauwkrantz Farming Enterprises in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape.

Prepare for climate change

According to various climate change models, the average temperature in South Africa will increase by 2°C within the next 40 years and by as much as 6°C within the next...
Jonno transforms a home into a beautiful castle.
‘Oh, give me a cup of that marvellous stuff’, goes the song. Without it nothing – not even this story – would get written on time …
There’s an understandable tradition to limit casseroles to cheaper cuts of meat. After all, that’s what slow cooking does best. But sometimes a casserole demands something more exciting than shin....
There’s not much one can do when cauliflower au gratin makes its umpteenth comeback to the dinner table, except to look hopefully in the general direction of the kitchen. Perhaps...
A two-bedroom practical and cost effective student accommodation situated in Stellenbosch.
Pasta is a gift to the beginner cook. Here’s the faintly exotic input of Italian cuisine, married to the familiar and highly-desired flavours of eggs, bacon and leeks.
Kragga Kamma Ngunis on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth is a successful stud and commercial operation that proves creative thinking and ongoing marketing are more important than owning the land...
Texas is widely known as some of the best cattle country in the world. It evokes images of whooping and hollering cowboys on horseback herding vast herds of Longhorn cattle...

2016 SAMDPR final results

Thanks to their innate quality and sound training, the pigeons were more than up to the challenge of the final.
You need to plan your horse’s diet during the dry months to prevent digestion issues, says Dr Mac.
The story of Cornel Landman shows what can be achieved through good business sense and sheer determination. He told Glenneis Kriel about his farming enterprise, which grew from humble beginnings.
The Transvaal Racing Pigeon Federation (TRPF) is having a rather fast-paced racing season this year, with average race speeds of between 1 300m and 1 400m per minute. Training is...

SADC markets?

A few years ago, there was a flurry of interest from Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana, among others, to establish fresh produce markets.
No-till is now a well-established farming practice worldwide, with many benefits for soil health and crop yield. Bruce Shepherd feels that it should be combined with cover cropping.
A fodder radish crop can exterminate up to 95% of a cyst eelworm population and be used for biofumigation, writes Bill Kerr.
Sweet potatoes are highly adaptable when it comes to soil type. I have grown this crop commercially in soils ranging from sandy to a very heavy clay.

Mulch ado about no-till

No-till farmers have always known that leaving a layer of crop residue on the soil surface increases the humus content.
It is every vegetable farmer’s dream to produce a higher yield per hectare and have the same yield winter and summer. Jacques Claassen visited an innovative lettuce producer achieving exactly...
Send this to a friend