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Illegal Sand Mining Threatens Sugar Farmers
The sugar cane farms of 175 small-scale growers are hanging in the balance as illegal sand mining in the Middle-Komati River reaches catastrophic levels. As increasingly more sand is removed, water levels are dropping to the point where irrigation pu
Farmer's Weekly2 min de lectureNature
Auction Sales
• Pioneer Boran Breeders Sale, Woodlands Farm, East London. On offer: 25 SP bulls, 30 SP female animals and 50 commercial females animals. Phone Paul Hobson on 082 652 4724. • AG Bonsmara Production Sale, Arcadia, Vrede. On offer: 70 bulls and 200 fe
Farmer's Weekly2 min de lectureMedical
Brucellosis
Brucellosis is a zoonotic disease of production animals. It occurs more frequently in cattle in South Africa, but can occur in other species, too. It is caused by Brucella bacteria. The aborted foetus, the membranes around the foetus, and the fluid f
Farmer's Weekly2 min de lecturePsychology
Tell Them How They’re Doing!
The expectation that high performance brings with it high reward is deeply embedded in the human psyche. Yet how do you evaluate the performance of a job as complex as management and reward the manager accordingly? ‘Performance management’, as it’s c
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Decline In Upward Price Trend For Beef And Chicken
International beef prices have continued their upward trajectory since mid-2020, supported by tight supplies. In South Africa, prices have also shown a rising trend since August 2020 after experiencing a slump during the first phase of the country’s
Farmer's Weekly3 min de lectureComputers
Portable, Wireless Speakers
The BOSE HOME PORTABLE SPEAKER is a light, easy-to-transport wireless speaker with a battery life of around 12 hours. It connects via Bluetooth and charges via a USB cable. According to various reviews, the speaker is well designed and offers warm, w
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Matter Of Fact
In the article, ‘Transveld Meatmaster Club Production Sale’, (FW, 12 March), it was incorrectly stated that Willem Avenant is from Vryburg. Avenant is, in fact, from Gordonia. • Farmer’s Weekly has a high regard for factual accuracy and welcomes rea
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Farmers Can Benefit From Self-generating Power
The agriculture sector spends about R7 billion a year on electricity, and the lack of a stable power supply puts food security and prices at risk over time. This was according to Kulani Siweya, agricultural economist at Agri SA, who added that over 2
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Sold Farms
• Farm 123 (45ha) sold by Kromdraai Boerdery Trust to Beestekuil Trust for R4 million. • Goedemoedsfontein (4ha) sold by LR Allnutt Family Trust to Russell Moore for R2 million. • Cragga Kamma (2,3ha) sold by Fourie Partners to Bell Partners for R2 m
Farmer's Weekly3 min de lectureArchitecture
A Foodie’s Fairytale Mountain House
If you’ve ever taken the R43 from Villiersdorp you will probably have noticed Faraway Estate, a commanding manor house high on the Stettynsberg. What makes the home so impressive is its glazing; there are French-style doors and Georgian-style windows
Farmer's Weekly3 min de lectureSocial Science
Crafting A Pro-growth Budget For SA
According to Statistics South Africa, the country’s economy contracted by 7% in 2020. This poor performance pushed the total number of unemployed people in South Africa to 7,2 million. It is tempting to attribute all of the country’s economic misfort
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Starting An Essential Oils Enterprise From Scratch
Mother-and-daughter team Oniccah and Naledi Nkoe, who are based on a 21ha property on the outskirts of Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria in Gauteng, started farming in 2006. Their first enterprise was a piggery, but when the market for pork slumped
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Growing litchis: Part 3
Fertiliser should be applied about one year after transplanting litchi trees, not before. Applications must be very light and broadcast evenly, about 0,2m from the stem to 0,5m outside the drip area of the tree. Avoid placing the fertiliser against t
Farmer's Weekly5 min de lectureNature
Unsustainable Farming A Threat To Water Supply
“I have come across some horrible things in my years of research on the environmental damage caused by mines, but for me the most terrifying sight of all is a burning underground coal field. There is very little that one can do to solve a problem suc
Farmer's Weekly1 min de lectureInternational Relations
Thaw In EU-US Trade Relations
Trade relations between the EU and the US seem to be thawing, as was evident from the recent telephonic meeting between European commissioner for agriculture and rural development Janusz Wojciechowski and the US secretary of agriculture Tom Vilsack,
Farmer's Weekly2 min de lectureMedical
Organico: Doing Its Part To Restore Human Dignity
Organico’s leading and revolutionary product range provides biodegradable solutions for wet and dry pit toilets, septic tanks and indoor toilets. One-hundred-percent environmentally friendly, Organico products, with their carefully formulated fragran
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World In Brief
Australia’s AU$1,6 billion (about R18,5 billion) annual timber trade with China hangs in the balance after requests to that country’s customs officials to resume log exports were ignored. Reuters reported that the four-million-ton log trade was large
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No Substitute For Getting Up Close
Online marketing has entered the fresh-produce sector, with enthusiastic vendors seeing an opportunity to sell fruit and vegetables to huge markets. It seems so simple and matches modern requirements for ease of purchase. Has technology found the ult
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Fast Facts
iKetle produces essential oils and skincare products from herbal plants grown on a farm near Bronkhorstspruit in Gauteng. The business focuses on the production of essential oil plants such as rose geranium, vetiver and marjoram. The plants are g
Farmer's Weekly1 min de lectureRegional & Ethnic
Versatile Roasted-tomato Sauce
500g fresh tomatoes2 onions2 garlic cloves1 red chilli (optional)2 Tbsp olive oilSalt and pepper1 tsp ground cumin1 Tbsp sugar⅓ cup water2 Tbsp vinegarA handful fresh herbs • Preheat the oven to 180°C. • Roughly chop the tomatoes and onions, and sca
Farmer's Weekly5 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Steady, Solid Progress With Free-range Pigs
Jason Buys, who farms pigs on 10ha of the farm Elandsvlei near Arniston in the Western Cape, started out with three Duroc gilts almost three years ago. “I don’t have much of a farming background, but from a young age I dreamt of becoming a pig farmer
Farmer's Weekly2 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Tractor Operation
The Tractor Operation and Maintenance course, hosted by the Buhle Academy, teaches delegates about professional tractor operations. This includes driving the tractor, the optimal use of implements for land preparation, and maintenance of the tractor.
Farmer's Weekly1 min de lectureNature
Fast Facts
Starting small enabled Jason Buys to learn how to run a pig operation and make mistakes without these being financially crippling. He ensures that his animals live as naturally as possible: he does not cut the piglets’ teeth, dock their tails, cast
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Tractor Prices
Products and prices were correct at the time of going to print and reflect prices as at 1 March 2021. ■
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Conserving Grazing Without Fences
One of the key principles of Allan Savory’s holistic management planned grazing system is that nature functions as a holistic community, with people, animals and the land all interconnected. Removing or changing the behaviour of any keystone species
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Half An Hour Of Hell And Heroism
The Battle of Vegkop in 1836 saw approximately 40 Boers with muzzle-loaders withstand an attack from 5 000 to 6 000 assegai-wielding Matabele. The confrontation, which demonstrated the huge advantage of modern firepower, was a major step in the forma
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A Practical, Affordable Rondavel
Dear Jonno, I came across your designs in Farmer’s Weekly while looking for inspiration online for a rondavel home. I recently moved to Zambia and would like to build a practical and inexpensive four-bedroom rondavel. I don’t have many requirements:
Farmer's Weekly1 min de lectureBiology
The Role Of The Lymphatic System
The body’s circulatory system comprises the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Newly oxygenated blood flows from the lungs to the heart. From there, it flows through progressively smaller arteries until it reaches the smallest vessels, called capillarie
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Fast Facts
The correct timing of the silage harvest is crucial to success. Maize should ideally be harvested at a moisture content of between 34% and 39%. Maximum compaction is needed in the bunkers for a quality end product. A compaction level of around 265k
Farmer's Weekly1 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
US White Wheat Sales Soar
The US Department of Agriculture has raised its export forecast for US white wheat to a 27-year high of 245 million bushels (about 6,67 million tons) due to strong demand from China. This was the latest disruption on commodity markets as a result of
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