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Agriculture is responsible for its own destiny

Boet, you know how much I dread the annual congress season! But so far this year I’ve been very impressed by the standard of the agricultural congresses.

Grim legacy

My heart aches for every person in South Africa who has lost a child, a spouse or a loved one to farm violence.

Farmers are tough enough

A farmer is a farmer is a farmer, irrespective of where you farm and what you farm with.

Welcome to winter

O glorious day! Winter has finally come. This is my favourite time of the year. I adore a cold winter.

Zokwana and Cele – the mind boggles!

You don’t need the Rosetta Stone to decode the message behind President Zuma’s appointment of NUM stalwart Senzeni Zokwana as the new minister of agriculture.

Creating false hopes

Can you imagine burning your grain lands and killing your livestock and then buying your food at vastly inflated prices from your neighbour?

SA’s bright young farmers

Boeta, how I wish you could have attended this year’s Free State Young Farmer conference with me.

SA beef cattle ranchers up there with the world’s best

Jong, Ouboet, I’m telling you South Africa’s commercial cattle farmers really are world-class.

Are you a snollygoster?

Snollygoster. What a delightful new word I’ve learnt! A ‘snollygoster’ is someone, especially a politician, who is guided by a desire for personal advantage rather than by consistent, respectable principles,...

Disdain and contempt

Jong Boet, some or other clever guy in history once said the people in a democracy deserve the government they get because they voted for it. What balderdash!! Let me...

And so the rains came…

And so the rains have come… blessings in abundance! Genadewater, as we in the Free State like to call it.

Open letter to President Zuma

Dear Mr Zuma: This is Annelie from the Free State. I’m writing on behalf of myself and all the farmers I deal with. In this, your last election year, I...


Drought conditions likely to persist despite recent rain

Hopes have been dashed that the recent widespread rain across South Africa’s summer rainfall region would put an end to widespread water-constrained and drought conditions.

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