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RECORDING l Understanding lameness in dairy cattle

By Dairy Standard Agency on 06 March 2024

The webinar focused on the anatomical and physiological changes that occur in the hoof that lead to lameness and the various factors that cause these changes.

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RECORDING | Increase your profits with dairy farm animal welfare

By Food Focus on 19 November 2023

Dr Mark Chimes speaks on how to improve your dairy production with simple welfare steps that you can implement on your dairy farm.

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RECORDING | The prudent use of agricultural chemicals on milk production farms

By Food Focus on 19 October 2023

Agricultural chemicals or pesticides as they are commonly referred to, are potentially hazardous substances that must be treated with caution.

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Abundance and Scarcity: The Paradox of South African Agriculture

By SA Harvest on 26 May 2023

Despite an abundance of food, in edible/avoidable waste alone - approximately 10.3 million tonnes wasted annually - 30% of South Africans find themselves in the grip of food insecurity.

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South Africa’s small-scale farmers still can’t find a place in the food value chain

By The Conversation on 03 April 2023

In South Africa, the government has used value addition as a policy to try to correct some of the historical imbalances in the agriculture sector, but it remains difficult for small-scale enterprises to commercialise and add value.

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Trust, critical thinking and potatoes

By Dave Douches on 21 June 2022

As a scientist working in potato breeding for over 40 years, one may wonder why I am talking about trust and critical thinking. Globally, we struggle to find consensus on sustainable solutions to grand challenges, such as climate change, food security, and most recently, a pandem

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DALRRD calls for comment on Government Gazette 44173

By on 26 February 2021

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development called for comment in Government Gazette 44173.

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Media Release on Foot-And-Mouth Disease: Update

By Food Focus on 29 November 2019

In summary: On 1 November 2019, veterinary services were alerted to clinical signs suspicious for Foot-and Mouth disease (FMD) in a herd of cattle on a farm in the Molemole local municipality of the Capricorn district, Limpopo...

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Deadly fruit fungus could wipe out bananas

By Guest Author on 23 November 2019

Dr Sylvain Charlebois from Dalhousie University explores how the banana industry is adapting to modern needs and constraints.

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In 100 years’ time, maybe our food won’t be grown in soil

By Guest Author on 06 December 2018

It takes a lot to make a room of soil scientists gasp. Last month, I presented at the National Soils Conference in Canberra, and asked 400 colleagues a simple question: do you think soil will play as significant a role in food production in 100 years as it does today?

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Food security: how Fairtrade helps level the playing field for small producers

By Guest Author on 26 May 2017

Paradoxically, of the one billion people classified as food insecure by the United Nations, about 500 million are smallholder farmers in developing economies. Some of these producers are exporting luxuries such as coffee, cocoa, exotic fruits and sugar for consumers in developed

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Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

By The Conversation on 04 May 2017

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world

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Meeting water and energy challenges in agri-food sector with technology

By Guest Author on 21 March 2017

Worldwide, the overall growth in demand for agricultural products will require a 140% increase in the supply of water over the next 20 years compared to the past 20 years. While the bulk of this demand will be from irrigation, food processing plants can also be water intensive.

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One hen’s coop is another hen’s graveyard

By Linda Jackson on 26 January 2017

An interesting week for our feathered friends – across the world several interesting articles were published on the suitability of their living accommodations. These articles show the intersection of management system requirements and the need for a holistic approach to policies

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Drought in southern Africa points to urgent need for climate change plans

By Guest Author on 08 December 2016

It is expected that temperatures in southern Africa will rise to between 1.5°C and 3°C due to climate change by the year 2050. This is likely to cause heavy fluctuations of weather patterns and more frequent severe weather events like droughts and floods. Agriculture will be seve

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Why does soil matter (Infographic)

By Bridget Day on 05 December 2016

We celebrate World Soil Day on 5 December - but what is it about soil that is so important? This infographic will give you a few thought-provoking facts about why soil matters so much.

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Farm worker training – what you need to know

By Guest Author on 08 November 2016

In our previous article we met Daisy and explained the basic care for dairy cows, (Ultimately our food). In this article we interview a dairy farmer and chat about his concerns to ensure the correct practices are practiced by farm workers.

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Sow safely – a guide on health and safety in agriculture

By Linda Jackson on 30 October 2016

Farm safety is a serious concern. Between hazardous farm equipment and sometimes erratic livestock, our frontline producers live in a very dangerous world. However, while farms are one of the riskiest places to work, farm safety doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.

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By Food Focus on 21 October 2016

How fresh vegetables should be graded, packed and marked in South Africa. (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH R364 Regulations governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises, the Transport of Food and Related Matters - Replacing R962, published 30 April 2015.)

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Animal welfare and food safety - is there a link? Part 2

By Guest Author on 19 September 2016

There is an ongoing debate about the “organic” or “country-reared” animals. This series looks at research conducted on consumer perceptions and how this correlates to food safety. Part 2: Happy animals – the scientists against the activists

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