It’s time to vaccinate animals, says RuVasa

The beginning of the rainy season also means farmers should expect an increase in several animal diseases. The latest monthly report of the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa’s (RuVasa), compiled by dr. Faffa Malan, indicates that as soon as rainfall increases, problems with parasites will follow suit. Farmers are…

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Possible revival of international groundnut market for SA farmers

Large maize harvests combined with large carry-over stock could mean South African grain farmers will have to turn to planting more groundnuts in the coming season. Higher yields and prices in the previous season can now stimulate local markets to explore historic markets and exploit new opportunities. Data from GrainSA…

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Aquaculture: Put food on the table and earn a promising extra income

Aquaculture is enjoying unprecedented growth worldwide. For local farmers, it offers an opportunity to diversify profitably. Aquaculture (fish farming) is not a quick fix to get you out of trouble but is rather a diversification that can help your cash flow if your main farming enterprise is taking strain. Charles…

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Emerging farmers: South African banks more supportive

The Land Bank will now take respected mentors into consideration when deciding whether to fund emerging farmers. During the African Farmer’s Association of South Africa (Afasa) annual congress in Johannesburg, Portia Zulu, provincial manager of Land Bank, said emerging farmers must overcome different challenges. Zulu was part of a panel…

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Old hay rake now used to lift implements

If you are in the second-hand business, you have to load and unload implements daily. A businessman from Cradock in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa converted an old hay rake into an ingenious device for loading ploughs, graders and other implements. You would have to search far and…

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Now is the time to address antibiotic resistance

Stock farmers will need to sacrifice their goal of 100% productivity coupled with traditional treatment methods if the rest of the world wants to use antibiotics in the next 40 years. That was the warning from Professor Michael Apley, from Kansas University’s College of Veterinary Sciences, during the Ruminant Veterinary…

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Africa regional technology center puts cutting-edge tech in farmers’ reach

The international seed and agricultural products group DuPont recently opened a new technology center with the largest privately-owned insectarium in Africa, near the town of Delmas in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The company says the center will accelerate new product development across various crops for farmers and assist in helping the…

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SA boer goat exports hindered by lack of protocol

The recent South African Boer Goat World Expo once again underlined the breeds’ popularity around the world, but a lack of protocol for the export of the animals is hindering large-scale exports. The Boer Goats Breeders' Society, however, is currently having discussions with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries…

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Antibiotic use – enhanced strategy for use in South Africa

Experts say a new strategy to decrease antimicrobial resistance in South Africa should not be seen as a witch hunt, but rather a way to ensure future generations also have access to antimicrobial substances. The strategic document against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)…

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“See the opportunity in transformation”

Racial transformation in agriculture can’t simply be “window dressing.” This was the message by Pierre Vercueil, chairman of Agri North West, during the Young Farmers conference at Lichtenburg last week. Vercueil said transformation to deal with the inequalities caused by South Africa’s discriminatory past, offers opportunities for South African farmers,…

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Ford Ranger shows its mettle

PROMOTION The current Ford Ranger generation of  has certainly captured the imagination of the southern African pick-up market. Strong monthly sales of the 2.2 diesel double-cab have shown that Ford has hit on a winning recipe. A subsequent upgrade to the Ranger has further improved the exterior appearance, and ergonomically…

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