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Growth of a South African agri-empire

By | September 16th, 2014|Farming|

David Osborne, one of South Africa’s most successful agri businessmen, runs his agri group from his office on the Queenstown farm he calls home. The secret to his success: good people. […] «Growth of a South African agri-empire»

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Beefmasters with Altitude

By | October 15th, 2013|Farming|

Dries and Minnie de Klerk produce fine, hardy Beefmasters at an altitude of between 1 883m and 1 950m in the Stormberg, with a severe winter climate and a four-month growing season. Heather Dugmore visited them. […] «Beefmasters with Altitude»

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South African farmers: monsters or whipping boys?

By | June 8th, 2013|Farming|

The voice of the farmer and of permanent farm employees has largely been missing in the wage strikes and associated violence. What we have heard is hate-speech against farmers, broadcast by the media far too many times. […] «South African farmers: monsters or whipping boys?»

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Blazing or Grazing – The Great Debate

By | January 10th, 2013|Farming|

To maintain their vigour and reproductive power all grasses are dependent on being defoliated either by grazing and/or by the use of fire. Which is preferable – grazing or blazing or a combination of both? […] «Blazing or Grazing – The Great Debate»

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Hooves, Hooves and More Hooves

By | May 9th, 2012|Farming, Green|

Too much rest damages the veld and only intense livestock hoof action can restore vegetation and reverse the effects of desertification, a major cause of climate change. Four decades since he gave his first course on holistic farming in South Africa, holistic management pioneer Allan Savory returned to Graaff-Reinet for a three-day workshop. Heather Dugmore was there. […] «Hooves, Hooves and More Hooves»

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Abundant Cattle Farming

By | April 20th, 2012|Farming|

Johann Zietsman offers 25 years of sustainable cattle production to show South African cattle farmers how to double, triple or quadruple their cattle numbers while improving the quality of their veld. […] «Abundant Cattle Farming»

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Five Generations of Merino – Merino SA President

By | December 15th, 2011|Farming|

MERINO SA President Julian Southey talks about the need to be adaptable and to change your farming practice from that of previous generations in order to rise to current economic challenges and benefit from the knowledge available today. […] «Five Generations of Merino – Merino SA President»

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Fences and Fortunes

By | August 1st, 2011|Farming|

There is a modest white gravestone in the old cemetery in the Eastern Cape town of Middelburg. This is the resting place of John Sweet Distin Esquire, formerly of Tafelberg Hall, a farm with its own distinctive ‘table mountain’ on the outskirts of Middelburg. […] «Fences and Fortunes»

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An Holistic Triumph Over Convention

By | June 22nd, 2011|Farming|

In the old South Africa it was a crime to exceed the official stocking rate without permission from the Soil Conservation Committee (SCC). It was against that background that Graaff-Reinet livestock farmer Dougie Stern asked the SCC to visit his farm Rietpoort in 1992 to reassess his stocking rate on the strength of his veld. […] «An Holistic Triumph Over Convention»

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The Importance of Trace Minerals & Vitamins

By | June 9th, 2011|Farming|

Graaff-Reinet veterinarian Dr Roland Larson’s research on the effects of trace minerals and vitamins in livestock, especially small stock, is showing the way forward for exciting improvements in condition, productivity and the treatment of disease. […] «The Importance of Trace Minerals & Vitamins»

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