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Bloemfontein hosts largest open-air Saddle Horse show in the world
Bloemfontein hosts largest open-air Saddle Horse show in the world Bloemfontein - The largest open-air saddle horse show in the world is underway in Bloemfontein with more than 900 horses expected to strut their stuff over the next week.
Initial figures point to lower than average summer grain harvest
Initial figures point to lower than average summer grain harvest Bloemfontein - Grain producers are still anticipating a lower than average crop this year but will only have a clear indication once more concrete harvest figures are...
SA has credible animal ID system, says Minister
SA has credible animal ID system, says Minister Pretoria - South Africa has more than 660-thousand registered marks resulting in a credible animal identification and recording (AIR) system to aid with livestock...
Harvesters show their mettle
Harvesters show their mettle Bloemfontein - Ask any farmer which harvester is the quickest and most efficient, and he will most likely say his own is the best.
FSA Young Farmer to represent province at national competition
FSA Young Farmer to represent province at national competition Bloemfontein - The winner of the Free State Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year competition says it took a lot of persuading to get him to enter the competition in the...
Chicken talks critical to Agoa
Chicken talks critical to Agoa Bloemfontein - The next few weeks are critical in terms of finding a “sweet-spot” to ensure South African exporters can still benefit from inclusion in the USA’s Africa...
VL Jongboer aangewys
VL Jongboer aangewys Bloemfontein - Dewetsdorp boer Barend Grobler is op 16 April aangewys as die Vrystaat Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar.
Young farmers told to embrace change
Young farmers told to embrace change Bloemfontein - The Free State Agriculture Young Farmer Conference took place at Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein on 16 April under the theme “Opportunity through change”.
OVK: Key to success lies in diversification
OVK: Key to success lies in diversification Ladybrand - Diversification in both product offerings and geographic location is one of the keys to remaining successful during challenging times.
Future scientists face-to-face with real life researchers
Future scientists face-to-face with real life researchers Bethlehem - Hundreds of Grade 11 science and biology pupils had an opportunity to get up close and personal with scientists during the Agricultural Research Council's...
Former tenants receive title deeds
Former tenants receive title deeds Parys - As 100 former tenants received title deeds to their homes in Tumahole outside Parys in the Free State through the Khaya Lam project last week, those involved are...
ICAR: African livestock production can't keep pace with demand
ICAR: African livestock production can't keep pace with demand Pretoria - The African symposium on animal identification and recording systems for traceability and livestock development took place at the CSIR in Pretoria from April...
Asuf submits consensus document
Asuf submits consensus document Bloemfontein - Successful land reform is in the interests of all South African’s, both present and future generations.
Harvard researchers work on robotic pollinator
Harvard researchers work on robotic pollinator Bloemfontein - Researchers at Harvard believe a robotic bee currently under development could be able to artificially pollinate crop fields in as little as ten years.
Land reform working groups to report back in April
Land reform working groups to report back in April Bloemfontein - Several working groups established following a land reform indaba held in Johannesburg in March are scheduled to give feedback to the Minister of Rural...
US comments on poultry negotiations
US comments on poultry negotiations Bloemfontein - The US says it is not true that the removal of anti-dumping duties on US chicken would destroy the South African poultry industry.
Four arrested for Intabazwe stocktheft
Four arrested for Intabazwe stocktheft Harrismith - Eastern Free State police are hopeful the arrest of four people found with carcasses of suspected stolen sheep might shed some light on other stock theft...
Dairy entries judged in Bloem
Dairy entries judged in Bloem Bloemfontein - Twelve judges from across the country have been nibbling, sniffing and tasting their way through the 153 entries into the dairy competition hosted annually...
FSA lauds farmers' 'can do' attitude
FSA lauds farmers' "can do" attitude Kroonstad - The Free State Agriculture Union (FSA) says it is thrilled at the positive atmosphere following the first of its “don’t lose hope” themed regional meetings.
Food safety under global spotlight
Food safety under global spotlight Bloemfontein - The World Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday celebrated World Health Day under the theme Food Safety.
Red meat shows upward trend over Easter
Red meat shows upward trend over Easter Bloemfontein - Red meat producers are feeling slightly more upbeat about the industry following recent rains and good Easter weekend meat demand.
Wildlife under the hammer this weekend
Wildlife under the hammer this weekend Bloemfontein - The Free State is scheduled to host its first ever wildlife breeder specific auction later in the year during which game breeders will have access to a...
Stock theft leaves Hobhouse farmer 'hopeless'
Stock theft leaves Hobhouse farmer "hopeless" Hobhouse - Barely a month after stock thieves made off with more than 40 sheep belonging to a seventy-six-year-old farmer near Hobhouse, they have hit again, leaving...
Electricity hike cushioned slightly by agri diesel rebate
Electricity hike cushioned slightly by agri diesel rebate Bloemfontein - With Eskom’s power tariff set to increase by 12,69% as of today, the impact is likely to hit various agriculture sector roleplayers hard.
Five-point plan to tackle farm murders
Five-point plan to tackle farm murders Bloemfontein - A plan has been formulated following deliberations regarding safety and security in farming communities.
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