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30
JUL
2021

65. The Weekly Wrap – 6 August

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 6 Aug issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s issue, we look at the basics of developing and implementing a seasonal breeding strategy for your herd, we also speak to a quail farmer about how to farm with this type of poultry and the challenges they have experienced marketing quail meat and eggs. Readers can also learn more about a citrus producer from the Eastern Cape who is farming with the relatively unknown Orri mandarin variety. This issue also features one of South Africa’s best known wine brands, Van Loveren, and we find out how the owners of Van Loveren have managed to survive multiple alcohol sales bans since first COVID-19 lockdown last year.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.
23
JUL
2021

64. The Weekly Wrap – 30 July

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 30 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.

In this week’s issue Simmentaler stud owner Willem Botha from the eastern Free State explains why superior cows are the bedrock of beef production. Botha believes that high-quality female animals are a key element in a commercial breeding herd. And seasoned Gauteng-based pecan farmer Albert Bouwmeester Jnr shares some tips on how he gets the most from his pecan orchard.

As in previous episodes Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.
16
JUL
2021

63. The Weekly Wrap – 23 July

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan tells you what you can expect from the 23 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf from 16 July.

In this week’s issue, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Sara Place, chief sustainability officer at Elanco Animal Health, about the important role cattle and other ruminants play in ensuring a sustainable future for the planet. While livestock production is often targeted by climate change activists as major contributors to global warming, this is not true, says Place, and their role in sustainable food production must not be underestimated. Farmer’s Weekly also speaks to Doug Osler in the Free State about how his family’s business pioneered apple production in the eastern part of the province, and how he mitigates threats such as frost and hail.

Ryan also looks at some of the news stories in the 23 July issue.
09
JUL
2021

62. The Weekly Wrap – 16 July

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, host Julinda Schroeder and Janine Ryan discuss what readers can expect from the latest issue of Farmer’s Weekly. The 16 July issue will be on shelf on 9 July.

The features discussed this week include the crops feature, which focuses on the economic and health benefits of the ‘orphan’ crop, okra. Okra is mostly produced by communal farmers, and while there is no formal market for the crop in South Africa, it remains a crop with huge potential. Also discussed is the livestock feature, which focuses on how to raise the perfect dairy cow. This includes breeding for the best genetics and feeding your dairy cow well, regardless of her age or where she is in the production cycle.

As in other episodes, highlights from the week’s news are also discussed.
02
JUL
2021

61. The Weekly Wrap – 9 July

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 9 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.
In this week’s issue we look at how how one farmer from the Eastern Cape is working to uplift emerging citrus growers in that province and readers can also learn more about the digital tool that is helping fruit farmers in the Western Cape detect and solve production problems. Livestock enthusiasts can read about how an award-winning Hugenoot cattle breeder is making use of scientific breeding tools to improve his herd and crop farmers can learn more about managing irrigation when water supply is scarce.
As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.
25
JUN
2021

60. The Weekly Wrap – 2 July

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 2 July 2021 issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.
This week’s main feature article focuses on Kalahari Red stud breeder Eddie Goosen’s meticulous selection processes and how he’s built a solid reputation on great genetics in just two years. Other features to look out for include a story on how two brothers managed to grow a small family farm into a huge, diversified farming business, going from R10 million to R100 million in 10 years. We also speak to the general manager of the Egg Organisation of the South African Poultry Association about the strategies that are being adopted to support egg producers and secure the future of the industry.
As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.
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18
JUN
2021

59. The Weekly Wrap – 25 June

In this week’s episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder speak about what you can expect from the 25 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf on 18 June.

This week’s issue includes a special focus on crop protection and skills development. The main article looks at integrated pest management and how a holistic approach to pest control is better for the long-term sustainability of your farm and the environment. Also featured this week is a story about how Nguni cattle have helped farmers in the Eastern Cape restore a run-down farm into a profitable venture.

As in previous episodes, the main news headlines are also discussed.
11
JUN
2021

58. The Weekly Wrap – 18 June

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 18 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.

This week’s main feature article focuses on Simbra stud breeder Rick Dell in the eastern Free State. Dell offers some tips on breeding and buying in bulls to improve the productivity of a beef cattle herd. In another feature this week, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Brett Walker in the Eastern Cape about how he has managed to remain profitable despite the continuing drought in the province. Walker offers some sound advice on possible strategies small-stock farmers could employ to minimise the impact of the drought.

As in previous episodes, Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

The 18 June issue will be on shelf on 11 June.
04
JUN
2021

57. The Weekly Wrap – 11 June

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 11 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

In this week’s issue, Farmer’s Weekly looks at how one Eastern Cape farmer has benefitted from participation in mohair empowerment programmes, and hears from a macadamia farmer who has switched from using manual labour for harvesting to using predominantly mechanical means. Farmer’s Weekly also looks at organic dairy production, and the prevention and control of Sclerotinia fungus on grain and oilseed crops.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly.

The 11 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly will be on shelf on 4 June.
28
MAY
2021

56. The Weekly Wrap – 4 June

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 4 June issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Sindira Chetty.
This week’s main feature article focuses on the problems faced by small-scale pig farmers. A recent study details farming practices of these farmers and highlights shortfalls in biosecurity and nutrition.
Another top feature to look out for is on soil degradation and how it’s affecting food security. A researcher discusses ways in which we can help save the soil.
Also in this issue, we find out how a husband and wife are living a sustainable life on a small, off-the-grid farm in the Eastern Cape.
As in previous episodes, Chetty also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.
21
MAY
2021

55. The Weekly Wrap – 28 May

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap, Janine Ryan and Julinda Schroeder explain what you can expect to read in the 28 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be on shelf on 21 May.

This week’s features include an article on the importance of biosecurity on chicken farms, particularly considering the recent increase in avian influenza cases in South Africa. Also discussed is the importance of timing the planting of a soya bean crop to optimise yield.

Ryan and Schroeder also discuss nanotechnology and how it is being used in agriculture. Other news articles discussed include the recent suspensions at Onderstepoort Biological Products and the Milk Producers’ Organisation.
07
MAY
2021

54. The Weekly Wrap - 21 May

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 21 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Julinda Schroeder.
This week’s main feature article is about running a successful livestock operation in Zululand through ensuring a perfect balance between natural and supplemental feed.

The second article highlighted by managing editor, Janine Ryan, features indoor snail production in a vertical farming system, which ensures better yield and output.

As in previous episodes Schroeder also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

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