Govt lifts nationwide ban on public livestock auctions following inspections

2020-02-17 11:55

The ban on public auctions of livestock was implemented to prevent a spread of foot and mouth disease.

Holy cow: The curious case of the Free State’s cattle donations

2019-08-16 16:30

MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development William Bulwane has said the provincial department donated a grand total of 178 head of cattle in one decade, valued at R815 200. In one instance, a cow was donated for the funeral of a government worker who is still alive.

SA company tackles livestock theft with 'tech-based lasso'

2019-06-16 20:00

SA lost over R1bn in a single year to livestock theft. But a local company says it has found the answer in an e-collar and app.

SA foot and mouth outbreak under control, says DAFF

2019-03-29 15:53

SA's foot and mouth disease outbreak is under control, with no new cases in seven weeks. Trade is resuming and an application to have the country's FMD-free status reinstated is being prepared, says the DAFF.

Drought fuels meat prices, farmers fear the worst

2016-04-12 13:18

South Africa’s livestock farmers are preparing for more losses after the driest year on record already cut herds, fueling food prices even further.

Agriculture's tough 2016 an opportunity for change

2016-01-12 15:00

The drought and other weather conditions should present an opportunity to create efficiency in the agriculture sector, says Standard Bank’s Head of Agribusiness SA, Nico Groenewald.

Steroids used in livestock pose ecological threat

2013-09-27 14:04

It was believed that certain steroids and other drugs quickly degrade in waterways, but a drug widely utilised in cattle does not fully break down.


Exporting rabbit meat could mean big bucks for small SA farmers. Here's advice on how to get started.

2019-08-19 12:13

With a startup investment of R35,000, fast-breeding rabbits could be a great way to get into farming, an economist says.

Alleged sheep thieves spin yarn, but fail to pull wool over cops' eyes

2019-08-13 17:51

Two suspects found in possession of stolen livestock in the back seat of their car appeared in the Stilfontein Magistrates Court in the North West on Monday.

10 days with no foot and mouth disease found, but restrictions to remain

2019-04-17 18:25

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says the incubation periods prompted by the detection of foot and mouth disease have lapsed without any new cases detected.

Herds of cows, grunting pigs, chickens and goats invade RDP yards

2018-08-28 08:09

About half a dozen farmers, who keep livestock at their RDP houses in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, are clashing with their neighbours over the presence of the animals.

Brand your livestock

2016-02-08 09:30

Livestock thieves are well aware that if they are caught with unbranded stolen livestock, there is little chance of being convicted.

SA to import R2.2bn in maize as drought continues

2015-11-13 07:00

A national drought is leaving the primary agriculture sector, which contributes 2.5% to GDP, in dire straits. Economists expect the effect to quickly trickle down.

Agricultural sector on the mend

2012-03-09 07:00

Agriculture in SA is recovering, with declines due only to natural phenomena like drought and disease.

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