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Farmer's Weekly

21 June 2019

Farmer’s Weekly is an agricultural magazine based in South Africa, targeting the whole of Southern Africa. The magazine is committed to advancing the interests of the region’s farmers and its agricultural industry by serving as a mouthpiece for the industry and by keeping its readers informed of the latest developments in the agricultural sector.

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sa’s sugar industry is in a meltdown

It would not be fair to say that the dramatic unravelling of Tongaat Hulett these past weeks was caused solely by the larger crisis facing South Africa’s sugar industry. Fancy and suspicious fingerwork by the company’s auditors, KPMG, lies at the heart of the accounting scandal that saw Tongaat’s share price plummet by almost 80% this year before the company’s listing was suspended by the JSE at the beginning of June at the request of the board (see story on page 17). But to be fair to Tongaat, the company, which is one of the largest sugar producers in South Africa, has been operating under the most trying of circumstances. I recently watched the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, a dramatised version, mixing fact with fiction, of the 1986 nuclear meltdown in Soviet Ukraine.…

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farnmer's weekly

EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR Denene Erasmus (denene@caxton.co.za) MANAGING EDITOR Janine Ryan (janiner@caxton.co.za) NEWS EDITOR Julinda Schroeder (julindas@caxton.co.za) ART DIRECTOR Vian Roos DESIGNER Louis Kruger CHIEF COPY EDITOR Paul Sulter COPY EDITORS Fanie de Villiers and Yvonne Fontyn DIGITAL EDITOR Sindira Chetty (sindirac@caxton.co.za) MECHANISATION EDITOR Joe Spencer 083 233 0370 (jspencer@mweb.co.za) OFFICE ASSISTANT Prenusha Moodley SUBSCRIPTIONS PRINT 087 405 2003 (subs@magsathome.co.za) DIGITAL Visit farmersweekly.co.za, select ‘Subscribe’ and click on ‘Zinio’ or ‘Magzter’. JOURNALISTS NORTHERN REGION Pieter Dempsey 087 087 8787 (pieterd@caxton.co.za) Siyanda Sishuba 087 087 7037 (siyandas@caxton.co.za) CENTRAL REGION Annelie Coleman, Bothaville 082 862 9897 (ann@btbits.co.za) Sabrina Dean, Bloemfontein 082 222 9172 (sabrina@caxton.co.za) KWAZULU-NATAL Lloyd Phillips, Mooi River 084 505 9343 (phillips01@telkomsa.net) WESTERN CAPE Jeandré Van der Walt, Cape Town 021 001 2432, 078 422 2441 (jeandred@caxton.co.za) ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Reinhard Lotz 087 158 0278 (reinhardl@caxton.co.za) JOHANNESBURG Meshack Leshabane 087 087 7070 (meshackl@caxton.co.za) Andy Nxumalo 087 087 7067 (andyn@caxton.co.za) Justin Lavers 087 087…

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pork production: what does tomorrow’s world hold?

Advances over the past 50 years have seen pork production move from mainly outdoor lots to modern, intensive, indoor-confinement facilities. While these changes have brought about the desired increases in production, welfare concerns have intensified and issues related to animal diseases and comfort have increased. In addition, genetic improvement, combined with advanced feeding systems, has helped to produce pigs that in some countries are now 50kg to 60kg heavier at slaughter, but considerably leaner and faster-growing, than those of 50 years ago. The advances in breeding that have been underpinned by sequencing of the pig genome are merely the first building blocks of future change. Genomic selection and possible genome editing, as well as the rise in consumer demand for protein alternatives such as plant-based products, will be just some of…

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farmer’s diary

9 AUGUST Calf Rearing THIS COURSE OFFERS DELEGATES PRACTICAL KNOW-HOW AND SOLUTIONS TO CALF REARING. BETTER PREPARATION OF THE COW BEFORE CALVING CAN DRASTICALLY IMPROVE THE SURVIVAL CHANCES OF HER CALF. INOCULATIONS AND TREATMENT PROCESSES ARE THEREFORE COVERED IN DETAIL. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 27 TO 28 JUNE Cannabis Conference, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park. Email Connie@vukanicomms.co.za. 10 JULY Agribusiness Africa Conference, Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Kempton Park. Email Marianna du Plessis at africa@caxton.co.za. COURSES & TRAINING 24 TO 27 JUNE Broiler and Layer Management, Pretoria. Visit agriskills.net, or email admin@agriskills.net. 24 TO 28 JUNE Hydroponics, Buhle Farmers’ Academy, Mpumalanga.Visit buhle.org.za. 25 TO 27 JUNE Foundations for Farming, Rustfontein Farm, Bronkhorstspruit. Phone Neill Jackson on 082 407 6774, or email neill@foundationsforfarming.org. 1 JULY Beef Cattle Production, Brits.Visit bommereaipela.co.za. 8 TO 12 JULY Beef Farming Management and Production, George.Visit RLTSafrica.com, or email office@RLTSafrica.com. 15 TO 18 JULY Plant Production, Pretoria.Visit agriskills.net, or…

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Massive maize plants! Dear Bill, I have planted maize in my garden and the plants don’t stop growing! They are higher than my house roof and still growing! Why are they so big? I’ve planted maize before but this is a first! I live on the East Rand. Please can you shed some light on this? Kind regards, Estelle Rossouw Dear Estelle, Don’t be alarmed. Some maize varieties have the potential to grow very high. I once visited a land planted to maize with plants 4,3m tall on average! Some plants even reached 5,5m in height. In your case, it was probably fertile soil and good growing conditions, as well as perhaps some shade during the day. Kind regards, Bill Bonnievale wins big at Trophy Wine Show Bonnievale Wines was the big winner at the annual Old…

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from our archives

25 NOVEMBER 1970 Farmer tests game export market 49 YEARS AGO This article explored the economic viability of game farming as a separate concern. Many farmers in South Africa keep wild game on their properties for varying reasons, but to what extent can game farming be included as an integral part of a farming system? In other words, what are the chances of game farming as an economic enterprise in its own right? Mr TI Ferreira of De Kloof, Cradock, well-known breeder of medium strong-wool Merino rams who also produces about 60 000 bales of lucerne annually, started game farming purely out of love for wild animals. Today he has reached a stage where, if nothing unforeseen happens in the near future, game farming will be the most economic and profitable of all the…