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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

Another two suspects have been arrested in connection with the Wesselsbron child labour case, with a fourth suspect subpoenaed to appear in court alongside the first accused, Hendrik Reyneke, this...
The Droughtmaster beef cattle breed was officially introduced to South African stud and commercial beef breeders on 24 April in the Vryburg district.
Grain SA’s Nampo personnel, in Bothaville, Free State, undertook the mammoth task of overhauling the premises of the local Nala Ratabile Children’s Home to commemorate the 100th anniversary of late...
Aggrey Mahanjana, general secretary of the ,African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) has lashed out at bureaucrats who fail to execute their duties at the expense of SA’s smallholder...
The Glen College of Agriculture near Bloemfontein has welcomed the first group of students to register for a 12-month diploma access programme at its newly launched Recognition of Prior Learning...
Current decreases in global prices for both maize and soya bean are being offset by the weakening of the rand and increased production volumes locally, promising the grain value chain...
The Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape emerging beef farmer for 2015, Sinako Ntseke, farms on three properties which collectively amount to more than 1 200ha. His passion for farming drives...
An active return to environmental education practices at Laurus Primary in Oudtshoorn is not only benefiting learners, but also helping boost school income. Ronelle Huysamen, principal of the school, spoke...
Jatropha is a hardy, high oil content crop with serious potential for biodiesel production in South Africa. But as it is classified as a noxious weed, large-scale cultivation has also...
Farmers Kabelo and Matshidiso Mooketsi had no previous agricultural knowledge before they began working on a communal farm in 2008. Despite a lack of experience and a difficult introduction to...
The future of wine is evolving and the industry has to adapt in order to survive and flourish. This is according to Robert Joseph, an internationally respected wine expert and...
Multi-national financial services provider, Rabobank, says the value of the so-called fifth quarter has increased significantly in recent years, making meat processors more competitive. Albert Vernooij, of Rabobank’s Food &...
Most cooks desperately keen for novel experiences take a shot at making jam. This they do once and never again, their kitchens awash with fruit pulp, the hobs sticky with...
Dear Sarah and Gary Thank you for the informative afternoon on site and ideas for your new home. Attached here are the layout sketches for the ground and first-floor levels...

Don’t trifle with taste

In this house, trifle comes in two varieties: with dop or without dop. The low-octane version, sadly, lacks one of the central flavour dimensions of this classic pudding but, for...

The end of the road

The time has come for Abré J Steyn’s last Field Sports. Although it is the end of the road, it it most definitely not the end of his globe-trotting adventures.

Lettable units on a farm

I received two requests from callers planning to build lettable units on their farms. This requires changing from agricultural to commercial zoning, a long and tedious process. But it may...

Old Platanna

Chameleons may look like mini dinosaurs, but they're a highly evolved kind of lizard with unique abilities, "modifications" and "specs". But their numbers in South Africa are declining, writes Abré...
It’s crucial for a broiler producer to get floor management right. This will improve the birds’ physical environment, reduce disease and result in better quality broilers. So says free-range poultry...
Many experts have the theoretical knowledge, but fail to put themselves in the shoes of the rural, small-scale fish farmer.
Elize van Greunen supplies quails and pickled quail eggs to a niche market.

Flying high for 150 years

With R1 million in combined prize money expected, this is one race you can’t afford to miss, says Thomas Smit.

One-Day Loft racing

Thomas Smit defines the One-Day loft - and describes the benefits of this form of pigeon racing.

Restoring the renosterveld

With no previous farming experience but with a love of conservation and wildlife and a large dose of business and common sense, the Bhorat family has turned an undeveloped and...
Willem, Jaco and Kolver Mulke produce onions on a large scale near Douglas on the border between the Free State and the Northern Cape. Sabrina Dean visited their high-tech operation...
The Ernst family of Allesbeste Boerdery is renowned for its pioneering work in the avocado industry. Through innovative methods, improved genetics and research, the aim is to increase the fruit’s...
When you drive into the Joburg Market nowadays, you’re greeted by an enormous banner proclaiming ‘120 Years of Freshness’.
Morapedi Mutloane left his job in the corporate world in 2012 to get back into agriculture.
Over the years, I’ve made it a habit to observe as much as possible about the fresh produce sector, be it while walking the market floor, shopping at my local...
I wrote my first column for Farmer’s Weekly 15 years ago and today I’m about to embark on #750.

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