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The Weekly Wrap Podcast discusses some of the top news and articles featured in the latest edition of Farmer’s Weekly magazine, as well as the trending topics for the week on its online and social media platforms.

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76. The Weekly Wrap – 22 October

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder discuss what listeners can expect from the 22 October issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf on 15 October.

In the features this week, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to grazing specialist Dr Chris Dannhauser, who explains the importance of choosing the correct forage crop for your farming environment to meet the needs of your animals. Farmer’s Weekly also speaks to Emily Kok, a sheep farmer in the Karoo, about the challenges she faces running a successful operation on communal land.

As in other episodes, Schroeder discusses the headlines that made the news in the 22 October issue.

75. The Weekly Wrap – 15 October

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 15 October issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.
Our main feature this week profiles a farmer from the Free State who, despite being unable to secure land ownership via government’s land reform programme has built a successful mixed farming business on leased land. Readers can also learn about a six-step production management plan that can be followed to maximise soya bean yields. A wine grape farmer from the Western Cape explains how they have been able to keep their family farming business going by diversifying into growing other crops, and by adding value to some of their produce. In our livestock section this week we speak to breeders who are part of the Bosveld Santa Gertrudis Study Group.
As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

74. The Weekly Wrap – 8 October

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 8 October issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

In this week’s main feature, we provide guidelines for preparing for livestock auctions.
In our regular segment on different agriculture industries across the continent, we focus on Ghana.

As in previous episodes Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

73. The Weekly Wrap – 1 October

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 1 October issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap, presented by Sindira Chetty.

Our main feature in this week’s issue looks at regenerative grazing and how three cattle farmers experienced positive results with the use of regeneration as a means of restoring veld. They’ve also been able to increase their velds’ carrying capacity. We also, speak to Sinenhlanhla Mnguni, chairperson of the Fair-Trade Independent Cannabis Association, about the growth of cannabis in South Africa and we find out how a natural approach to farming has enhanced the sustainability of a Limpopo farm.

As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the topperforming news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

72. The Weekly Wrap – 24 September

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder take a look at what readers can expect from the 24 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf on 17 September.

In this issue, we take a look at how dairy farmers can reduce their carbon footprints, while increasing milk yield and profits. We also take a look at some of the leading news stories in the issue, including the shortage of veterinarians in South Africa.

Ryan and Schroeder also offer an overview of farming in Morocco, and look at some of the challenges faced by this sector.

71. The Weekly Wrap – 17 September

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 17 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Our main feature in this week’s issue looks at the use of embryo flushing in livestock breeding to speed up genetic improvement. Readers can also learn more about new guava cultivars, and about an apple, pear and plum export farm in Ceres which has successfully branched into cider production, using fresh apples to produce award-winning ciders.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

70. The Weekly Wrap – 10 September

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 10 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s main article features an interview with Helene Roodt, who breeds exotic chickens for the showring, near Vredefort.

This week, we also present the first of a new segment in which we will look at different agriculture industries across the continent, with farming in Egypt being the first focus.
As in previous episodes Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

69. The Weekly Wrap – 3 September

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 3 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Our main feature in this week’s issue looks at the important role performance testing, and Phase D testing for bulls in particular, plays in building a more efficient beef herd. We also take a look at a rooftop hops farm in Johannesburg, and we visit Insectec in Letsitele, which, according to its owners, is the largest insectary in the Southern Hemisphere.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

68. The Weekly Wrap – 27 August

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 27 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

In this issue, we look at the basics of hoof health management in cattle. Animal health experts discuss common problems faced in hoof health and offer easy solutions. Dr Peter Evans of SAPPO talks about pig welfare and how to raise stress-free pigs. And we find out how diversity is key to obtaining a superior macadamia nut crop, as cross-pollination between varieties can lead to a yield increase.

As in previous episodes Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

67. The Weekly Wrap – 20 August

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder discuss what you can expect from the 20 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf from 13 August.

In this issue, Farmer’s Weekly looks at a Boer goat stud run on a 10ha farm in North West. Owner Jonathan Carlson says that he prioritises quality over quantity, and that farmers should invest in good animal genetics from the get-go. Ryan also discusses the poor drainage of soils, which is an ever-present threat to crop production. This article is one of two in this week’s special focus on irrigation and soil health.

Schroeder speaks about the news highlights in the 20 August issue

66. The Weekly Wrap – 13 August

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, hosted by Julinda Schroeder, we take a look at coffee production in Limpopo. Zander Ernst of Allesbeste Boerdery, which is perhaps best known for avocado production, talks about how the demand for premium, locally-produced coffee has soared over recent years, and what makes coffee production an attractive opportunity for farmers around the country. We also speak to Josef van Wyngaard of Voermol Feeds about caring for lambs and the importance of careful management to prevent losses.

As always, Schroeder also looks at highlights from the week’s issue.

Get the 13 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly on shelf from 6 August!

65. The Weekly Wrap – 6 August

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 6 Aug issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s issue, we look at the basics of developing and implementing a seasonal breeding strategy for your herd, we also speak to a quail farmer about how to farm with this type of poultry and the challenges they have experienced marketing quail meat and eggs. Readers can also learn more about a citrus producer from the Eastern Cape who is farming with the relatively unknown Orri mandarin variety. This issue also features one of South Africa’s best known wine brands, Van Loveren, and we find out how the owners of Van Loveren have managed to survive multiple alcohol sales bans since first COVID-19 lockdown last year.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

64. The Weekly Wrap – 30 July

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 30 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

In this week’s issue Simmentaler stud owner Willem Botha from the eastern Free State explains why superior cows are the bedrock of beef production. Botha believes that high-quality female animals are a key element in a commercial breeding herd. And seasoned Gauteng-based pecan farmer Albert Bouwmeester Jnr shares some tips on how he gets the most from his pecan orchard.

As in previous episodes Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

63. The Weekly Wrap – 23 July

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan tells you what you can expect from the 23 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf from 16 July.

In this week’s issue, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Sara Place, chief sustainability officer at Elanco Animal Health, about the important role cattle and other ruminants play in ensuring a sustainable future for the planet. While livestock production is often targeted by climate change activists as major contributors to global warming, this is not true, says Place, and their role in sustainable food production must not be underestimated. Farmer’s Weekly also speaks to Doug Osler in the Free State about how his family’s business pioneered apple production in the eastern part of the province, and how he mitigates threats such as frost and hail.

Ryan also looks at some of the news stories in the 23 July issue.

62. The Weekly Wrap – 16 July

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, host Julinda Schroeder and Janine Ryan discuss what readers can expect from the latest issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

The features discussed this week include the crops feature, which focuses on the economic and health benefits of the ‘orphan’ crop, okra. Okra is mostly produced by communal farmers, and while there is no formal market for the crop in South Africa, it remains a crop with huge potential. Also discussed is the livestock feature, which focuses on how to raise the perfect dairy cow. This includes breeding for the best genetics and feeding your dairy cow well, regardless of her age or where she is in the production cycle.

As in other episodes, highlights from the week’s news are also discussed.

61. The Weekly Wrap – 9 July

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 9 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s issue we look at how how one farmer from the Eastern Cape is working to uplift emerging citrus growers in that province and readers can also learn more about the digital tool that is helping fruit farmers in the Western Cape detect and solve production problems.

Livestock enthusiasts can read about how an award-winning Hugenoot cattle breeder is making use of scientific breeding tools to improve his herd and crop farmers can learn more about managing irrigation when water supply is scarce.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

60. The Weekly Wrap – 2 July

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 2 July 2021 issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

This week’s main feature article focuses on Kalahari Red stud breeder Eddie Goosen’s meticulous selection processes and how he’s built a solid reputation on great genetics in just two years. Other features to look out for include a story on how two brothers managed to grow a small family farm into a huge, diversified farming business, going from R10 million to R100 million in 10 years.

We also speak to the general manager of the Egg Organisation of the South African Poultry Association about the strategies that are being adopted to support egg producers and secure the future of the industry.

As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

59. The Weekly Wrap – 25 June

In this week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder speak about what you can expect from the 25 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

This week’s issue includes a special focus on crop protection and skills development. The main article looks at integrated pest management and how a holistic approach to pest control is better for the long-term sustainability of your farm and the environment. Also featured this week is a story about how Nguni cattle have helped farmers in the Eastern Cape restore a run-down farm into a profitable venture.

As in previous episodes, the main news headlines are also discussed.

58. The Weekly Wrap – 18 June

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 18 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s main feature article focuses on Simbra stud breeder Rick Dell in the eastern Free State. Dell offers some tips on breeding and buying in bulls to improve the productivity of a beef cattle herd. In another feature this week, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Brett Walker in the Eastern Cape about how he has managed to remain profitable despite the continuing drought in the province. Walker offers some sound advice on possible strategies small-stock farmers could employ to minimise the impact of the drought.

As in previous episodes, Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

57. The Weekly Wrap – 11 June

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 11 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s issue, Farmer’s Weekly looks at how one Eastern Cape farmer has benefitted from participation in mohair empowerment programmes, and hears from a macadamia farmer who has switched from using manual labour for harvesting to using predominantly mechanical means. Farmer’s Weekly also looks at organic dairy production, and the prevention and control of Sclerotinia fungus on grain and oilseed crops.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

56. The Weekly Wrap – 4 June

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 4 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

This week’s main feature article focuses on the problems faced by small-scale pig farmers. A recent study details farming practices of these farmers and highlights shortfalls in biosecurity and nutrition.

Another top feature to look out for is on soil degradation and how it’s affecting food security. A researcher discusses ways in which we can help save the soil.

Also in this issue, we find out how a husband and wife are living a sustainable life on a small, off-the-grid farm in the Eastern Cape.

As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

55. The Weekly Wrap – 28 May

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 28 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s features include an article on the importance of biosecurity on chicken farms, particularly considering the recent increase in avian influenza cases in South Africa. Also discussed is the importance of timing the planting of a soya bean crop to optimise yield.

Ryan and Schroeder also discuss nanotechnology and how it is being used in agriculture. Other news articles discussed include the recent suspensions at Onderstepoort Biological Products and the Milk Producers’ Organisation.

54. The Weekly Wrap – 21 May

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 21 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s main feature article is about running a successful livestock operation in Zululand through ensuring a perfect balance between natural and supplemental feed.

The second article highlighted by managing editor, Janine Ryan, features indoor snail production in a vertical farming system, which ensures better yield and output.

As in previous episodes Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

53. The Weekly Wrap – 14 May

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 14 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s issue, the main focus is on farm machinery and mechanisation as we take a look at some of the machinery trends that are shaping the future of agriculture. We also have an article on potato production in which a farmer from KwaZulu-Natal explains the need for precision planning when farming with this crop.

In our livestock section, we meet a farmer who runs both a Hereford and an Angus stud, and she explains how she uses performance testing and selection to improve the efficiency of cattle in both of these herds.

Readers can also learn more about the market for carbon credits in South Africa in this week’s feature article.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

52. The Weekly Wrap – 7 May

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 7 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

This issue includes features on how a farmer in the Western Cape is implementing biodynamic farming principles. We find out about the challenges facing South African crocodile farmers and how they must adapt to survive. And a dragon fruit producer shares his production methods and value-added possibilities with this crop.

As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

51. The Weekly Wrap – 30 April

In this week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan looks at some of the feature and news articles in the 30 April issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf on 23 April.

This issue, which focuses on pig farming for small-scale producers and animal feed, includes an article on implementing cost-effective biosecurity on your pig farm, as well as tips on choosing the right breed for your pig operation.

This issue also includes an article on how to improve feed efficiency and reduce waste to get the most out of your animals and the feed you provide them. There is also an article about the opportunities on the global market for South African kiwi fruit growers.

Ryan also takes a look at some of the pressing issues in agriculture featured in the Farmer’s Weekly news section, including a new online grain trading platform, the impact of livestock guarding dogs on non-target species and South African farm sales trends.

 

50. The Weekly Wrap – 23 April

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 23 April issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s main feature articles include a look at the do’s and dont’s of growing bananas, with brothers Riaan and WJ Heystek sharing their experiences of setting up a banana enterprise in KwaZulu-Natal.

Farmer’s Weekly senior journalist Annelie Coleman also spoke to stud Boer goat breeder Desré Ferreira near Vryburg in North West, who provides a valuable support network to developing and commercial Boer goat farmers.

As in previous episodes, Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

49. The Weekly Wrap – 16 April

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 16 April issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s issue includes a feature on one of South Africa’s top goat’s cheese producers. In another feature, Farmer’s Weekly explores the need for new water governance structures to stop the rapid decline of water provision and infrastructure in the country.

Listeners can also learn about exotic, multi-coloured Persian sheep, which are adding a welcome additional income stream for a Northern Cape small-stock farmer.

This issue also looks at the latest local research on how changes in weather can affect lucerne quality and production, and Farmer’s Weekly visits one of the largest sugar cane farmers in Africa to find out more about his new plans for crop rotation.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

 

48. The Weekly Wrap – 2 & 9 April

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the Farmer’s Weekly double issue of 2&9 April in this episode of the Weekly Wrap, presented by Sindira Chetty.

In this week’s issue we speak to 26-year-old pig farmer Jason Buys of Oceanview Piggery in the Western Cape about his free-range pig operation and how he plans to grow his business to commercial success.

Other informative features to look out for in this magazine includes a story about how a mother and daughter team, Onnicah and Naledi Nkoe, launched their essential oils business from scratch and also established their own skincare product line and Hano Lombard, three-time winner of the Santam Agriculture National Silage competition shares advice on how to produce superior silage to add value to your dairy operation.

As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

47. The Weekly Wrap – 26 March

In this week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan discusses what you can expect to read in the 26 March issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf on 19 March.

In this week’s issue, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Wagyu stud farmer Dr Anja Steinberg, who runs her stud on sourveld in Mpumalanga. Steinberg discusses how she produces top-quality Wagyu animals with a marbling score of between 4 and 7.

This week’s issue focuses on soil health and irrigation, and includes an article on the salinity of irrigation water, and how farmers can better manage this.

Farmer’s Weekly also speaks to ‘salad king’ Michael Kaplan about his company, Dew Crisp. Dew Crisp produces salad vegetables in tunnels, under shade netting and on open fields.

Ryan also looks at the current spat in the tobacco industry between large multi-national and smaller cigarette manufacturers, as well as the incomplete Tzaneen dam wall project and what affect this is having on the dam’s storage capacity.

 

46. The Weekly Wrap – 19 March

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 19 March issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s cover article is a profile on Beverli Katz, owner of Klein Sandfontein Boerboels and winner of the 2020 SA Stud Book Herd of the Year award for other species, and her magnificent Boerboel stud. Farmer’s Weekly also speaks to part-time farmer Tsakani Mhlongo near Tzaneen, Limpopo, who produces vegetables such as okra, tomatoes and spinach, as well as broilers on 4ha. Farmer’s Weekly also discusses how regenerative agriculture practices increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve the water cycle, and enhance ecosystem services.

As in previous episodes, Schroeder also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

45. The Weekly Wrap – 12 March

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 12 March issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s main feature article, we go back to basics as we speak to researchers in the South African livestock industry about the differences between the main cattle breed groups found in South Africa. We also have an article on silage production with some practical tips from a silage contractor about how to correctly harvest and store silage on you farm. This issue features a sheep farmer from the Northern Cape who talks about how he managed to keep going during the drought. In our agribusiness section, listeners can learn more about the success of a family-owned jams and preserves business, which started with little more than two pots and a stove and has grown now into a large business that supplies homemade jams and other products across many parts of South Africa.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

44. The Weekly Wrap – 5 March

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 5 March issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s main feature articles include a profile on TAU SA Young Farmer of the Year for 2020, Danie Bester, we speak to small-scale vegetable and sugar beet farmer near Johannesburg Mabel Dikobe, who through her farming enterprise is supporting her local community, and we learn how the owners of the Tomis Group decided to reinvent the business after a devastating fire destroyed their meat-processing facility.
As in previous episodes Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

43. The Weekly Wrap – 26 February


Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 26 February issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

This issue focuses on one of the oldest and purest cattle breeds, the Braunvieh. This breed was first introduced to South Africa 114 years ago and is known to thrive under some of the harshest conditions in the country. We speak to the owner of Witbek Braunvieh about the advantages of this hardy breed. Some other informative features to look out for include how to fight water scarcity and pollution through irrigation, new research reveals a surprising benefit that warthogs may hold for livestock producers, and an award-winning mango producer shares tips how to achieve stable yields by using tree manipulation.

Chetty also highlights some of the top-performing news articles of the week.

 

42. The Weekly Wrap – 19 February

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 19 February issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main feature articles include a piece on the recent boom in citrus, avocado and macadamia production in South Africa. These industries have experienced rapid growth on the back of rising demand and prices, and the article takes a look at whether the positive market sentiment for these products is likely to hold, especially for exports. Other articles include a basic guide to pruning fruit trees, a profile on the winner of the 2020 Agricultural Research Council’s National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year award, as well as a report on a new stock theft prevention device that has been developed by South African farmers.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

41. The Weekly Wrap – 12 February

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan takes a look at some of the features and news included in the 12 February issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf from 5 February.

This issue focuses on farm safety and security, and Farmer’s Weekly looks at various surveillance technologies that can help farmers respond swiftly to possible threats. This focus also includes a feature on farmworker safety, and how farmers can mitigate the risks and hazards inherent in farm work. This issue also introduces listeners to the James Bond of the Beaufort West Stock Theft Unit; Sergeant Thabo Moletsane investigated 58 cases that led to 66 arrests during 2019/2020.

Ryan also takes a look at Carel and Willem Cilliers’ Bovelder herd in the Free State. This herd is one of the oldest Bovelder herds in the country, and produces no-nonsense beef cattle that thrive on sourveld.

Also discussed is the current state of South Africa’s banana industry, and the challenges that are leading to the area planted to bananas shrinking.

This issue also includes a story on ivermectin, and why people should not rush to their local co-op to buy and consume ivermectin registered for animal use.

Ryan also discusses the high price of ginger and the Ingonyama Trust’s concerning financials.

If you are serious about farm safety and security, don’t miss this issue of Farmer’s Weekly!

 

40. The Weekly Wrap – 5 February

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 5 February issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

This week’s main feature looks at the key factors on how to manage the reproduction and productivity rate of a flock of sheep. This issue also includes articles on a litchi farmer in Mpumalanga who explains the pros and cons of growing this challenging crop; an award-winning dairy operation that shares the practicalities of running an efficient and profitable dairy herd; and the important factors you should know before establishing a cactus pear crop.

The 5 February issue will be on shelf from 29 January. Don’t miss it!

 

39. 29 January – The Weekly Wrap

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan discusses what readers can expect from the 29 January issue of Farmer’s Weekly. Featured in this issue is a Boer goat farming business in Mpumalanga that has gone from strength to strength as demand for goat meat expands. Also included in this issue is a story about an apple farmer in Elgin, who through regenerative farming principles and improved rootstock, is leading the way for apple production in South Africa, and a story on the success of South Africa’s niche tannin export industry. We also focus on how farmers have been using online poultry training courses to upskill themselves during the pandemic.

The 29 January issue will be on shelf from 22 January. Don’t miss it!

 

38. 15 & 22 January – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 15 and 22 January combined issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main features include an article that looks at the major trends that will dominate food consumption habits in South Africa in 2021, a production article on growing chillies using biological farming methods, and a profile on an award-winning sheep farmer who uses a combination of intensive and extensive production management practices to ensure optimal productivity in his 3 500 ewe Merino flock.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

 

37. 1 & 8 January – The Weekly Wrap

In this week of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Sindira Chetty speak about the 1 and 8 January issue of Farmer’s Weekly. This issue is the New Year issue, and includes commodity outlooks for 2021.

Chetty and Ryan elaborate on the outlook for the economy and land reform in 2021, as well as the outlooks for the red meat and poultry sectors, as well as the outlooks for avocados, nuts, maize and wheat.

They also speak about a community outreach programme in which maize farmers are providing food to needy communities, and how backgrounding beef cattle can save farmers money.

Ryan also highlights some of the cover headlines for the 15 and 22 January issue, which include more commodity outlooks, as well as what food cash-strapped South Africans are likely to buy in 2021. There is also a feature on how yellow field peas can offer an alternative income stream for sugar cane growers, and a production feature on a top Merino stud in the Eastern Cape.

The 1 and 8 January issue will be on shelf from 28 December. Don’t miss it!

 

2020 Podcast’s

36. 18 & 25 December – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the final edition of Farmer’s Weekly for 2020. In this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus and Sindira Chetty, the focus is not only on the top articles from the 18 and 25 December special edition of the magazine, but Erasmus and Chetty also reflect on their most memorable experiences and stories from the year.

In this week’s main feature articles, Dr Schabort Froneman, technical manager for ruminants at Zoetis, gives some pointers on how to implement a calf health strategy, and a farmer from Mpumalanga talks about planting a new variety of pumpkin that has already achieved major success for farmers in Europe. They also speak about a South African organisation that is finding a solution to hunger and food waste by collecting food that would otherwise have been discarded and distributing it to those in need.

 

35. 11 December – The Weekly Wrap

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan speaks about the highlights of the 11 December issue. These include a South Devon stud that keeps on breaking records; a high-density mango orchard pioneer aiming to produce 100t/ha; a study that shows that genetically-adapted cattle breeds handle heat stress better; why the DA wants farm attacks to be labelled ‘hate’ crimes; and using bats to battle bugs on your farm.

Ryan also discusses some of the news highlights, including the recent spate of truck attacks; how the COVID-19-related lockdown has boosted sales in illegal sales of liquor and tobacco products; and the progress (or lack thereof) that South Africa is making in regaining its foot-and-mouth disease-free status from the World Organisation for Animal Health.

 

34. 4 December – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 4 December issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s issue comes with a special pull-out section featuring all the finalists and winners from the 2020 Agricultural Research Council’s National Beef Performers Awards.

This week’s main articles include a production story about Meatmasters. Farmer’s Weekly speaks to farmer Nico Grobler about his work to breed wireworm resistant Meatmasters. We also feature a new South African developed mobile dehusker for macadamia nuts, which promises to save producers of this crop lots of time and money, and we visit a grain, sheep and fruit farmer in the Western Cape who is a good example of the success that can be achieved on a land reform farm.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

33. 27 November – the Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 27 November issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

In the main feature article, we learn how genetics and technology drives dairy production profitability at one of SA’s top Jersey studs. A commercial grain farmer from the Eastern Cape talks about his farming operation and his role in mentoring future farmers. The final instalment in our two-part rainwater focus provides practical tips to restore eroded veld. And don’t miss our special tear-out-and-keep suppliers guide that lists the names of agricultural service providers you need.

Chetty also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms, including tensions in the blueberry industry, and government assuring all farmers affected by wildfires that they will receive fire relief aid.

 

32. 20 November – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the main articles featured in the 20 November issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week we tell the story of Johan Erasmus, one of the pioneers of the Boran cattle breed in South Africa and a farmer mentor from Derby in North West; take a closer look at a successful the dragon fruit producer in KwaZulu-Natal; and present the first of a two-part series on the basic components of the water cycle, and how these apply these to grass growth on the veld.

As in previous episodes Julinda also highlights some of the top stories that made the news this week.

 

31. 13 November – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 13 November issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Janine Ryan.

This week’s main feature articles discuss the threat of mycotoxins in animal feed to animal health and food security, as well as the sunny outlook for solar power in South Africa. Farmer’s Weekly also spoke to a Gauteng farmer about his efforts to fully switch from conventional agriculture principles to conservation agriculture.

Ryan also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms, including government’s plans to fast-track the Rural Safety Strategy and export opportunities for rooibos farmers.

 

30. 6 November – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 6 November issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main feature articles include a piece on which crops and countries in Africa currently offer the greatest farming investment opportunities. FW also profiles a farmer from Khayelitsha who saw an opportunity to start a small farming business amid the COVID-19 chaos, and we learn about growing chillies from a farmer in the Western Cape who started producing this crop to improve cash flow on his fruit farm.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

29. 9 October – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 9 October issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main feature articles include a piece on South Africa’s new online platform for hiring farm equipment, also read about a veteran Santa Gertrudis breeder who shares some insight on successful beef cattle production. We feature an emerging poultry producer who tells us about how she started her broiler business and we take a look at the finer details of farming with papayas.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

28. 25 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 25 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main feature articles include a profile on a beef cattle producer who is on a quest to breed ‘the perfect Brahman’, and a guide for grain producers on getting nematodes under control before the start of the next summer planting season. The issue also includes a special focus feature on why it is important that farmers know the signs of rinderpest in livestock, despite this being an eradicated disease.

Readers interested in the history of South Africa will also enjoy the article about South African rock art.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

27. 18 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 18 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Our main feature this week discusses why a comprehensive and all-inclusive budget is critical to the success of any farming business. We also have an article on how the COVID-19 lockdown has triggered a rise in rural crime, a research article on a new disease threat to citrus, papaya and other sub-tropical fruits, and a crops feature that looks at the effective management of cutworm in maize.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

26. 11 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 11 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Our main feature this week looks at how digital technologies are revolutionising auctions, resulting in better exposure for sellers and a broader purchasing base for buyers.

Some of the other articles discussed in this week’s show include a profile piece on how government’s unfulfilled promises has derailed one farmer’s land reform dreams, a look at some of the gaps in Sugar Industry Master Plan and how this may dampen its impact, and we provide some information about the line-up that you can expect during Nampo Virtual, which will take place next week from 9 to 12 September.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

25. 4 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 4 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Some of the articles discussed in this week’s show include a report on the latest research conducted on nematode-resistant sweet potato cultivars and a profile about one of the earliest beneficiaries of South Africa’s land reform programme who, after more than 20 years, is still struggling to get much needed support from the state. In this week’s livestock production feature, a number of experts give their advice on the many advantages of regularly weighing your livestock, how to record this information and how to use it to make better management decisions.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

24. 21 August – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and get a sneak peek of the 28 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Some of the articles discussed in this week’s show include a special focus on soil health and conservation farming, as well as an article about the machinery and equipment farmers can use to make a profitable transition from a conventional production system to a conservation farming system such as no-till.

The issue also features a young pig producer who shares some of the lessons she learnt during her first five years of farming.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

23. 21 August – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and get a sneak peek of the 21 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Some of the articles discussed in this week’s show include the profile of a young farmer from KwaZulu-Natal who is running a profitable business rearing broilers in his backyard, and his plans for growing this venture in to a large-scale poultry operation, as well as an article on how to grow brinjals, an easy-to-produce vegetable crop that can earn you steady profits. Also discussed is the latest developments in legislation governing the transfer and sale of agricultural water-use rights.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

22. 14 August  – The Weekly Wrap

In this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, tells listeners about some of the features from the 14 August issue that will be in stores from 7 August to 14 August.

The cover features, which are discussed in the podcast, include an article about a Free State farmer who decided to stop grain production and instead concentrate fully on producing planted pasture to support his beef cattle business, and an essential oils farming project in the Eastern Cape that is creating jobs and opportunities for poor rural communities. The main feature this week will be of much interest to any farmer looking for an investment opportunity beyond the borders of South Africa. We speak to Pieter de Waal, a local wine maker who recently invested in a small vineyard in Slovenia.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

21. 7 August  – The Weekly Wrap

In this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, discusses some of the features from the 7 August issue, which will be in stores from 31 July to 7 August.

In this week’s issue, Dr Danie Odendaal, director of the Veterinarian Network and veterinary herd health consultant, writes about a complete, 12-month herd management and traceability system that he has developed and implemented for ZZ2’s livestock herds in Limpopo.

Readers can also learn about a programme being run by the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, in co-operation with farmers from this part of the Western Cape, to conserve the last remaining pockets of critically endangered Renosterveld, one of the planet’s most threatened habitats.

Moreover, Erasmus discusses the Makawana Farmers’ Stokvel, a financing initiative that is supporting emerging farmers in Kuruman in the Northern Cape to become commercially successful by promoting savings through bulk purchases of goods such as inputs.
This issue also features a farmer from Moorreesburg who, in 2018, broke the record for the highest canola yield ever produced in South Africa.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

20. 31 July – The Weekly Wrap

In this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, discusses some of the features from the 31 July issue, which will be in stores from 24 July to 31 July.

This week readers can learn more about tractor tyres and traction in an article that focuses on the effect of tyre pressure and tractor ballasting on fuel efficiency and productivity.
Also read about why aardvark numbers are dwindling in the Kalahari and how bush encroachment is threatening the Eastern Cape’s livestock industry.

Farmer’s Weekly journalists write about the work being done by members of the community in Sutherland to support farmers who are struggling due to the drought and about a farmer who has adjusted his livestock management strategy to emphasise maintaining reproductive health in a herd.

The issue also features an article on the future of South Africa’s shrinking groundnut industry and what needs to be done to see production of this crop increase again.
As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

19. 24 July – The Weekly Wrap

Farmer’s Weekly is back on shelf with a new edition every week and in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of the magazine, talks about some of the features from the 24 July issue, which will be in stores from 17 July to 24 July.

Earlier this year, the Biggs family from the Eastern Cape sold a proven Nguni herd sire for a world-record price of R310 000. In the 24 July issue, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Clive Biggs about his family’s goal to preserve the original Nguni traits, and also about how their Nandi Nguni stud developed into one of the top breeders of Ngunis in South Africa, adapted to sourveld and harsh winter weather.

Farmer’s Weekly readers can also look forward to learning about the latest developments in sugar cane propagation and insect farming.

This issue also features Hannes Richards, a pig farmer, who, earlier this year, launched his farm-to-table pork business with a single social media post.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

18. 17 July – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus discusses more of the features from the 17 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be in stores from 10 July to 17 July. With this issue, Farmer’s Weekly resumes its regular weekly printing schedule, which means that readers can again look forward to a new magazine every week.

The 17 July issue features farmers who are making the most of farming on small pieces of land by placing the focus on increasing yield and quality.

Succeeding in a tough market, Simply Salads based in Barberton, Mpumalanga has managed to carve out a niche market within a very competitive fresh produce segment for their cherry and mini plum tomatoes. The tomatoes are grown in greenhouses, which not only allows the farmer to lower spending on inputs such as water and pest control, but to also maximise output.

This issue also features a mother-and-son farming team who farms with Dohne Merino sheep on 95ha of rented commonage land in Saron, Western Cape. To make the most out of farming on such a small piece of land, Gary Patience and his mom Therecia aims to introduce top-quality genetics in their herd to improve the wool quality and growth efficiency of this dual-purpose sheep breed.

In this episode, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from the magazine and from the Farmer’s Weekly website and other digital platforms.

 

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Special Covid-19 Report Podcasts

9. Special Covid-19 Report – Smallholders – The Weekly Wrap

The focus of our special Covid-19 pandemic Weekly Wrap podcast series now turns to smallholder and emerging farmers, and the impact of Covid-19, and related restrictions on trade, on these farmers as Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Aggrey Mahanjana, group managing director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation.

South Africa’s five-week long, hard lockdown will be ever so slightly eased from 1 May, when the country moves to a level-4 lockdown. In this episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus discusses some of the articles featured in the latest, 8 May, free digital issue of Farmer’s Weekly. The magazine, (which can be read here) features an article on the financial assistance available for farmers affected by COVID-19, an article on macadamia production with advice to help farmers achieve better crack-out, as well as a story explaining on how livestock farmers can rebuild their herds and veld, as well as recover financially, after a drought.

The podcast also includes an interview that Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean conducted Aggrey Mahanjana, group managing director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation. The conversation highlights how a lack of technology and other challenges specifically impact farmers in deep rural areas when it comes to being able to continue selling, or even apply for government aid during times of crisis, such as has been experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic and related national lockdown.

 

8. Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 2 of 2 – The Weekly Wrap

In this second part of a special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, in an interview with Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean, explains in more detail how the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and related restrictions have affected various farming industries and agribusinesses.

Listen to this second part of Farmer’s Weekly journalist, Sabrina Dean’s interview with Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, for Farmer’s Weekly’s special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series. The discussion is a continuation of the first part of this interview (listen to Episode 7) in which Purchase discusses how the national lockdown has been impacting agribusinesses, the food system and the agriculture value chain. This second part of the interview also explores expectations for the coming months, the importance of foreign currency earnings from exports for the economy, and the state of confidence among agribusinesses.

 

7. Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 1 of 2 – The Weekly Wrap

In this special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO Agbiz, about how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected agribusiness and food supply in South Africa.

In this fourth installment of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, brings us the good news that despite the lockdown further delaying printing of the magazine, the team has decided to publish the 1 May and 8 May editions for free, online, on multiple digital platforms.

Erasmus shares a rundown of some of the features to look forward to in the 1 May issue.

Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, about some of the interventions by agribusiness leaders prior to- and during the lockdown aimed at keeping agricultural supply chains fully operational.

Purchase also talks about the state of food security in South Africa and about the impact of the lockdown on agricultural exports.

Listen to Episode 7 for part two of the interview.

 

6. Specia Covid-19 Report – Fresh Produce – The Weekly Wrap

In this special edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast by Farmer’s Weekly SA, Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, about the new normal for fresh produce markets and market agents during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. We also hear from Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, about news making headlines in the world of farming.

In this third episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus again highlights news and information relevant to the sector and the public at large during this critical period. She also shares a quick update on some of the top news articles up on the Farmer’s Weekly website.
The podcast also focuses on how the lockdown has affected trade of fresh produce. Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, one of the major fresh produce agents operating across South Africa. They discuss the direct impact of the lockdown, the relevance of fresh produce markets in ensuring food security in the country, and they also touch on possible silver linings

 

5. Special Covid-19 Report – Labour – The Weekly Wrap

In this second episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus again highlights how the publication has adapted to keep readers up to date with news and information relevant to the sector and the public at large during this critical period. She also shares a quick update on some of the top news articles up on the Farmer’s Weekly website.

This episode focusses mainly on regulations to be adhered to by farmers and farmworkers, as essential service providers, during the lockdown. Sabrina Dean speaks to the policy head of Agri SA’s Labour and Development Centre of Excellence, Jahni de Villiers about workplace health and safety and issues that farmers must be aware of during the lockdown and explains in particular how farmers need to manage the transport of workers during this time.

 

4. Special Covid-19 Report – Citrus – The Weekly Wrap

In this first episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, gives an update on how the publication has adapted to keep readers up to date with news and information relevant to the sector, and the public at large, during this critical period. Despite not being able to print the magazine during April, Farmer’s Weekly has increased the volume of new content being published on the website, and the team is working hard to keep our audience up to date and informed.

This episode takes a look at the R20-billion per annum domestic citrus industry, which is just gearing up for the 2020 harvest season. Sabrina Dean speaks to CEO of the Southern African Citrus Growers’ Association, Justin Chadwick.

 

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The Farmer’s Weekly podcast, The Weekly Wrap, is hosted by Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, Julinda Schroeder, Janine Ryan and Sindira Chetty. The podcast is produced and edited by Pieter Dempsey and Vian Roos.