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    Noord-Kaapse boer is Agri SA se 2017-Jongboer van die Jaar

    Toyota SA/Agri SA se Jongboer van die Jaar is aangewys. Dit is Jaco Strauss (40) van die plaas Lekkerkry, in die Vaalhartsdistrik in die Noord-Kaap. Jaco is ‘n gewasseboer wat hoofsaaklik met graan, katoen en pekanneute boer.

    Die suksesvolle vrugteboer, Richard Myburgh, van die plaas, Cortina, tussen Villiersdorp en Grabouw, in die Vyeboomdistrik in die Wes-Kaap, het die Toyota SA Nuweoes-toekenning ingepalm. Dié toekenning word aan voorheen benadeelde boere uitgeloof.

    Dan Kriek, president van Agri SA, het na afloop van die geleentheid gesê die deelnemers aan albei kompetisies is van hoogstaande gehalte en ‘n toonbeeld van die toekoms van landbou.

    Jaco Strauss en Dan Kriek (Foto: Liezel de Villiers)

    “Ek is baie beïndruk met al die deelnemers,” het hy gesê. “Die dinamiese Jongboer-deelnemers fokus op die innoverende gebruik van tegnologie en dit is duidelik die Nuweoes-deelnemers bereik nuwe vlakke van uitnemendheid.”

    Dit is vanjaar die dertiende jaar wat die Jongboer-kompetisie deur Toyota SA geborg word. Boere van jonger as 40 jaar wat minstens twee jaar lank ‘n opbetaalde lid van hulle provinsiale landbou-organisasie is, kan in aanmerking kom. ‘n Wenner word uit elke provinsies gekies, waarna hulle finaliste is in die Jongboer van die Jaar-kompetisie.

    Jaco en Richard het elkeen met ‘n splinternuwe Toyota Hilux-enkelkajuitbakkie weggery.

    Volgens Dan word die beoordeling uiters professioneel gedoen.

    “Ons is baie trots op Jaco. Al die deelnemers is Jongboere om op trots te wees en ek doen ‘n beroep op hulle om hulself vorentoe beskikbaar te stel as leiers in die georganiseerde landbou en hulle gemeenskappe,” het Dan gesê.

    “Richard se sukses is ‘n voorbeeld van wat met transformasie bereik kan word. Dit is duidelik al die deelnemers aan die Jongboer- en Nuweoes-kompetisies wil terugploeg in hul gemeenskappe. Dit is die goue draad wat al die deelnemers verbind.”

    Jaco is voorsitter van sy plaaslike boerevereniging en lid van Graan SA, asook die Vaalharts-Distrikslandbou-unie. Hy boer al 18 jaar op Vaalharts en is aktief betrokke by gemeenskapsprojekte. Daarom het hy ‘n reuse-aandeel gehad in die oprigting van ‘n private skool in die omgewing. Hy sê dit was vir hom belangrik dat sy eie kinders en die ander kinders van die omgewing toegang het tot goeie plaaslike onderrig. Jaco is getroud met Elna en hulle het drie kinders.

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    Dom Boer se lag vir die dag:

    Formele onthaal

    Gasvrou: “Waar is jou broer? Hy was mos ook genooi.”

    Hennie: “Net een van ons kon kom, want die ander een moet die plaas oppas. Ons het toe ‘n muntstuk opgeskiet…”

    Gasvrou: “O, en jy het gewen?”

    Hennie: “Nee, ek het verloor.”

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    NAMPO creates a real environment for Hino

    Hino

    Hino’s people are full of praise for the agricultural sector. “It’s astonishing how resilient this industry is,” says Leslie Long, Senior Manager, Marketing and Demand Planning of Hino South Africa. “The farmers are always positive despite threats and challenges such as droughts, land reform and rising input costs. No matter where a farmer comes from, he is always dedicated.”

    This popular truck manufacturer invited a group of car and truck journalists to Nampo this year and brought twelve of their students from their new internship programme to see how the exhibits of the farmers and the agricultural sector. “If I ever have to choose between Nampo and another show, Nampo will always win,” said Leslie. “This is the most important place for Hino to be. The level of interaction with our customers is much higher compared to other shows. Here you talk directly with your customer and find far less snootiness and fewer freebee seekers who are not really interested in buying the product. Nampo creates a real environment. ”

    Hino dug deeper into the farmers’ hearts last year with their involvement in the Farmers in Need Programme, “but we do not want to use it as a marketing strategy; it simply is our commitment to agriculture to return something,” said Leslie. “Several farmers who suffered heavily last year and had good rains this season, approached us and asking for transport for feed donations to farmers who are suffering now. We aim to get more farmers involved to donate feed,” he says.

    Even though Hino’s heart is soft, their trucks are extremely tough. Many of the roads over which Hino trucks carry loads are rough country and farm roads. Hino displayed a Dyna, a 300, two 500’s and two 700 trucks series for the farmers to inspect.

    A clever move from Hino was to adapt their Dyna range, which was tailor made to transport those “awkward little loads”, so that it could now be classified as a light commercial vehicle instead of a medium commercial vehicle. Now anyone with a driver’s license may drive a Dyna. The interest shown by farmers prove that this step has far-reaching consequences for them. It was also decided to make four standard variants of the Dyna available: a drop side, a drop side tipper, canvas and fully enclosed.

    In the 300 series the 614, 714 and 815 are equipped with automatic gearboxes. “Independent tests indicate that our automatic gearbox’s fuel consumption is 16,5% lower than competitive alternative gearboxes,” said Leslie.

    Hino will also offer more automatic gearboxes in future. “We think that an automatic gearbox is more popular because it makes the driver’s job easier and less demanding.”

    This is also the first time that Hino exhibited a 4×4 500 Series, the Hino 1322, with a single-wheel application. With dual-wheel application, all wheels must break the sand, which is heavy on fuel consumption. With single wheeled application in front, only the front wheels break the sand and the rear wheels just follow.” We signed a partnership with Palfinger and placed a crane on the 4X4 500 series to show how a farmer can easily pick up and transport heavy items.

    The 1626 remains the bread-and-butter vehicle for the farmer. Hino has equipped it with the characteristic cattle bars, but many other configurations are possible.

    The 700 series will remain the old faithful that farmers still use to transport their products to the silo or market. The 2845 with the feed bales and an impressive Hino 3541, 16 m3, 8X4 side tipper – used more in the construction industry, also made a big impression.

    It is very important for Hino to get new blood in the company. They recently launched an in-service training programme and the first twelve appointments in their new in-house training programme will learn from sales and administration to body construction. They must even obtain heavy vehicle driver’s licences to pass the programme. It will be equivalent to an NQF4 qualification.

    Hino has a very wide footprint all over South Africa. They have 65 agencies across the country, of which 43 combine Toyota and Hino. This is one of their competitive advantages and 25% of Hino’s market is in the agricultural and food sector.

    Contact your nearest Hino dealer or visit www.hino.co.za to find out more about the reliable truck.

    Hino
    The Dyna side tipper drew much attention at Nampo.
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    Trofeejag verdien R1,98-miljard vir SA

    ‘n Stewige bedraggie van R1,98-miljard – of selfs meer – word elke jaar deur trofeejagters in Suid-Afrika se sak betaal.

    Dit het aan die lig gekom in ‘n studie onder leiding van prof Peet van der Merwe van die navorsingseenheid, TREES (Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society), in samewerking met PHASA (Professional Hunters of South Africa).

    362 respondente, meestal oorsese toeriste en jagters, het vraelyste op PHASA se webblad ingevul. Dit het lig gewerp op hulle besteding aan jag gedurende die 2015-/2016-seisoen. Die bevindinge toon dat besteding aan jag in die verlede onderskat is.

    Die ondersoek het ook bewys dat jagters nie om die bos gelei kan word nie. Hulle dring aan op die ware jakob – nie fop- of nagemaakte jagervarings nie, maar ‘n egte Afrikajag. Plaaslike jagoperateurs moet dus fyntrap, veral omdat Namibië al hoe meer mededinging in die jagbedryf bied.

    Prof Peet van der Merwe

    Prof Van der Merwe gee toe dat die Nasionale Departement van Toerisme veel doen om Suid-Afrika as ‘n toerisme- en ekotoerismebestemming te bevorder, maar hy glo die departement kan meer doen om private ondernemers en PHASA te ondersteun in hulle pogings om Suid-Afrika ook as ‘n jagbestemming bekend te stel.

    “Jag is ‘n vorm van volhoubare ekotoerisme,” sê prof Van Der Merwe. “Kyk net na die bedrae wat die jagters bestee teenoor dié van ander toeriste. Dit kan ook tot die skepping van meer werkgeleenthede in landelike gebiede bydra. Dit is ‘n lonende nismark wat nie verwaarloos mag word nie. Ons kan meer doen om die jagbedryf se beeld te beskerm.”

    As reisgeld na Suid-Afrika en die prys van die wild wat gejag word buite rekening gelaat word, bestee ‘n trofeejagter aan Suid-Afrika gemiddeld R127 276 per jagtog.

    Die spesies wat die meeste gejag word, is:

    • Rooibokke
    • Vlakvarke
    • Springbokke
    • Koedoes
    • Blesbokke

    Die spesies wat die meeste geld inbring, is:

    • Buffels
    • Leeus
    • Swartwitpense
    • Koedoes
    • Njalas

    Die redes wat respondente vir hulle besluit op Suid-Afrika as jagbestemming aandui, is:

    • Bekostigbaarheid
    • Beste waarde vir geld
    • Beskikbaarheid van wild
    • Verskeidenheid wildsoorte

    Wat veiligheid in Suid-Afrika betref, het buitelandse jagters die volgende persepsies:

    • 92% voel veilig in die veld op jagplase
    • 50% voel veilig op lughawens
    • 47% voel veilig by besienswaardighede wat besoek word
    • 40% voel veilig terwyl hulle in Suid-Afrika reis
    • 24% voel veilig in die stede wat hulle in Suid-Afrika besoek het

    Vir meer inligting, skakel prof Peet van der Merwe by 082-926-9240 of 018-299-1812, of stuur vir hom ‘n e-pos na Peet.VanDerMerwe@nwu.ac.za.

     

     

     

     

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    Gundle makes plastic work for the farmer

    gundle

    The right place to obtain all farming aids made of plastic is Gundle. Gundle manufactures plastic silage covers, packaging for dairy bags and vegetable bags, linings for earth dams and many more.

    Greenhouse plastic

    “Gundle’s best-known product among the farmers is our greenhouse plastic, called Evadek. We also have a Durasol range,” says Rudi Jansen van Vuuren, Gundle’s Agricultural Sales Manager.

    This greenhouse plastic is manufactured to suit South Africa’s weather conditions and Gundle also uses the latest technology in UV stabilisers to ensure a longer life for the plastic. It is guaranteed for three years.

    The Evadek plastic is 200 microns thick and available in several widths and lengths, depending on the farmer’s specifications.

    “If this plastic tears, the farmer can fix it with repair tape,” adds Rudi.

    The colours of the plastic differ depending on the application. “Greenhouse plastic for the production of general vegetables is transparent. For sweet peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers, a milky white colour is preferable, and the green tint colour with breakthrough properties is suitable for flowers.”

    Gundle only manufactures the materials. The erection has to be done by the farmer himself or a contractor. “The product can be purchased from co-operatives throughout the country.”

    Plastics for earth dams

    Gundle’s plastic linings for earth dams are extremely popular and are installed by their own teams.” The 1 mm thickness is guaranteed for 10 to 15 years, 1,5 mm for 15 to 20 years and 2 mm for 20 years, “says Rudi.

    The ultraviolet resistant linings have been developed to withstand a wide range of weather conditions and are flexible and durable. Farmers from all over the country are using the liners with great success for their earth dams. One of the important features of Gundle’s lining is that it is constructed to allow easy testing of welded joints to ensure water tightness and durability.

    Order your plastic requisites today. Contact Rudi Jansen van Vuuren at rudi@gundleapi.co.za or 011-813-2180.

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    Dom Boer se lag vir die dag:

    Vra liewer nie

    Terwyl Professor Vervelig ‘n droë lesing aanbied, merk hy dat al die studente onbeskaamd sit en slaap, behalwe een dametjie wat hom met groot, wakker oë en ‘n breë, vriendelike glimlag aankyk.

    Na die lesing keer hy haar voor en sê: “Het u die lesing interessant gevind? Ek het gemerk dat u die hele tyd glimlag.”

    Sy lig haar hande na haar slape, hou op glimlag en antwoord: “Ag Professor, dit is die enigste manier waarop ek kan keer dat hierdie nuwe bril afglip.”

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    Import of eggs considered due to bird flu

    The outbreak of bird flu has already wiped out more than 15% of South Africa’s layer hens with the prospect of hefty price increases due to the resultant shortage in table eggs.

    According to Dr Charlotte Nkuna, interim CEO of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), the estimate is that more than 4 million chickens have been or are in the process of being culled. “This includes almost 4 million layers, 360 000 broiler breeders and just over 31 000 layer breeders,” she said. The layer flock stood at about 24 million before the outbreak of the bird flu. Nkuna added that more than 23 commercial farms have already been affected.

    According to agricultural economist, Prof Johan Willemse, the shortage of table eggs could lift prices by 15% to 20%. “Furthermore, as things stand, it can take anything from one to two years for the layer flock to return to levels they were before the bird flu outbreak, which means a prolonged shortage of eggs,” Willemse said.

    Nkuna said the recovery depends on how quickly the chicken farmers are willing to risk repopulating. “We anticipate that it will take an average of six months for the farms to be repopulated, some maybe sooner and others preferring to wait a bit longer. This also depends on the available funds to be able to buy the replacement stocks,” she added.

    According to Nkuna, there are some that are considering importing table eggs. However, the cost of air transport makes it somewhat uneconomical. “And, if the cheaper option of sea fright is considered, the time it takes to transport by sea will make it very difficult to get the eggs to South Africa within the prescribed shelf life.” Willemse said imports are problematic because of eggs being such fragile produce.

    The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 in chickens was detected in South Africa for the first time in late June in Mpumalanga, but has since spread to other provinces including the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, the Free State and the Eastern Cape.

    Liana Steenkamp from agricultural group Laeveld Agrochem said the H5N8 strain, which is usually spread by wild birds, does not pose a direct threat to humans.

    Steenkamp added that the producers of chicken and eggs have had a torrid time in recent years. “First we had higher feed prices the last two seasons because of the drought, followed by the increased import of chicken. And now the devastating impact of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu.”

    According to Steenkamp, the virus will also have a negative impact on the animal feed sector. Based on figures from the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association, almost 65% of last year’s animal feed sales went to the poultry industry. The mass culling of laying hens will also affect South Africa’s export of table eggs to neighbouring countries like Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Direct job losses due to the bird flu have already risen above 1 000, with further losses expected in secondary sectors.

    The Western Cape Government said last week that the outbreak in the province has already led to the culling of 2,4 million layers and 73 000 breeder birds. Alan Winde, the Western Cape’s Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the disease was spreading rapidly despite increased control measures.

    According to SAPA, South Africa’s broiler and egg producers, in rand terms, make up the largest segment of South Arica’s agricultural sector, contributing 18% of all agricultural production and 39% of all animal products in 2016. The beef sector is the nearest competitor, contributing 12,7% to the turnover of all agricultural production and 27,5% of all animal products. Approximately 76% of the birds in the South African poultry industry are used for meat production, while the remaining 24% are used in the egg industry.

    Data from SAPA shows that more poultry products are consumed every year than all the other animal protein sources combined. The South African poultry industry last year provided 63,1% of animal protein (excluding milk) consumed in the country.

    The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ data shows (see accompanying graph) that the per capita consumption of poultry meat and eggs in 2016 stood at 39,04 kg and 7,89 kg respectively, with a combined per capita consumption of 46,93 kg. Per capita consumption of beef, pork, and mutton and goat were 19,47 kg, 4,69 kg, and 3,40 kg respectively.

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    GSI and AGCO’s powerful power generator will never let you down

    GSI

    Uninterrupted, reliable availability of electricity is indispensable for most farms. Power failures can lead to costly production losses. Therefore, the farmer’s right hand nowadays is a reliable generator that takes over when Eskom fails. The perfect machine for this is the AG diesel power generator that can be used as main supply or for standby electricity.

    AG generators are supplied and backed by AGCO Power, the holding company of GSI. AGCO has been the largest, leading producer of power generators in Finland for more than 60 years. Farmers who visited NAMPO were impressed with these mobile generators at GSI’s stand.

    Olli Heinonen, Sales and Marketing Manager of AGCO, said: “In rural areas, the  power grid is not very reliable, especially in the agricultural industry where farmers’ operations such as chicken houses, dairies, irrigation and a lot of other activities depend on an uninterrupted power supply. Because we work for the same company, we share our resources. Our products are available in different ranges according to size and application, and are manufactured in Finland. The units are directly shipped from there by the same people who supply Massey and Valtrac. The same engines are used.”

    The AG series includes six generators (60 to 250 kVA). The generators are available as open models for use in machine rooms and equipment sheds, or enclosed ready-to-use models. The closed models are virtually noiseless with their good insulation and efficient exhaust systems and mufflers.

    AGCO’s reliability is proven under all circumstances and parts and service are available throughout South Africa. The generator is guaranteed for one year and the warranty can be extended.

    For more information about these excellent generators, that can ensure you will always have electricity, contact Natasha Coleman at 011-794-4455 or send her an e-mail to: natasha@gsiafrica.co.za.

    GSI
    Robert Clouston, Lanus Meyer, Tony Clouston, Carel van Heerden and Wessel Whitehead from GSI at their NAMPO stand. GSI’s grain handling equipment is sought after by profit conscious farmers.
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    Dom Boer se lag vir die dag:

    Gedeelde probleme

    Is die storie waar wat hulle my vertel dat die motorhandelaar se vrou ‘n ingevoerde kookboek present gekry het, maar nou sukkel sy om onderdele vir al die resepte te kry?

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    LEKKERSTE PAPSOUS

    papsous

    Dis braaityd! Pap en Sous is op die spyskaart. Jy weet jy het nog daai lastige blikkie Tomato & Onion agter in die kas, maar dis darm nou nie ‘n goeie pot pap werd nie.

    Jy benodig:

    • 1 blikkie Tomato & Onion mix
    • ½ koppie woestersous
    • ½ koppie tamatiesous
    • ½ koppie suiker
    • Sout en peper na smaak

    Nou maak jy so:

    • Gooi al die bestanddele in ‘n kastrol.
    • Kook op matige hitte vir 20 min
    • Sit warm voor saam met jou Pap.

    *Hierdie resep kan jy ook vir jou lasagne gebruik, of enige ander dis.

    Resep gegee deur: Daniëlle Terblanche from Deli-icious Catering. Skakel 012-335-0051, 079-617-3122 of stuur vir haar ‘n e-pos na dvdm87@gmail.com vir bestellings. Of besoek haar webwerf: www.deliciouscatering.co.za.

     

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    There are ordinary tractors… and then there is FENDT

    fendt

    Much excitement was caused by the Fendt 1000 Vario tractor series since its launch in May by BHBW South Africa (formerly Barloworld Agriculture) at NAMPO. And no wonder, because such a genial combination of tractor technology has never been seen before in South Africa. The Fendt 1000 Vario (291 to 380 kW) is a conventional wheel tractor series, but there is nothing conventional to it. This is thanks to pioneering technology that takes performance and fuel economy to a new level.

    The heart of these tractors is the VarioDrive – the first tractor transmission in the world to make independent four wheel drive possible. This ensures the ideal torque distribution to the front and rear axles. Torque is automatically distributed to the wheels with the best traction, which eliminates power hop and reduces the turning circle by 10%.

    VarioDrive is also the way the tractor transfers up to 380 kW to the ground, to which its six massive wheels (the flagship Fendt 1050 Vario’s rear tyres are almost 2,35 metres in diameter) contribute.

    With VarioDrive, Fendt continues to build on its Vario transmission, which has been the standard for continuously changing transmissions in agriculture since 1995. More than 250 000 Vario transmissions have already been manufactured by Fendt.

    The Fendt 1000 Vario is also the first tractor of which all power consuming components (from the 12,4 litre six cylinder MAN engine and VarioDrive transmission to the fan and hydraulic system) were designed according to a comprehensive low high torque at low engine revolutions principle called Fendt iD. The result is extremely low fuel consumption.

    Maximum torque of 2 400 Nm is maintained from 1 100 to 1 500 revolutions per minute. Maximum power output and torque, as well as the lowest specific fuel consumption, is achieved at just over 1 400 rpm and maintained thanks to the VarioDrive transmission that automatically adjusts the operating speed according to the conditions. Therefore, the engine constantly operates at optimal revolutions at ground speeds from 200 m/h to 40 km/h , thus reducing fuel consumption per hectare and extending service life of the engine and other components.

    The engine is cooled by an outside fan powered by its own hydrostatic motor. It is designed to work in temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius. This will save even more energy.

    Important for local farmers, the hydraulic flow can be increased to 430 litres per minute for special applications, with two independent hydraulic circuits delivering 220 litres and 210 litres respectively.

    The full range of Fendt tractors is available with power output from 51 kW to 380 kW. In South Africa, BHBW will initially focus on providing five versions: the Fendt 1000 Vario (291 – 380 kW), Fendt 900 Vario (199 – 243 kW), Fendt 800 Vario (162 – 206 kW), Fendt 700 Vario (94 – 162 kW), as well as a special series for vines and orchards, the Fendt 200 Vario V (51 – 81 kW). All these tractors are equipped with the Vario transmission.

    Tractors are specified and built in the Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf, Germany, according to individual needs. For example, in the 1000 Vario range, there is a choice between 300 technologically advanced options, to ensure that the end product perfectly meets the requirements of the farmer.

    Fendt is supplied and supported directly by BHBW, the joint venture between Barloworld and the German group BayWa AG, which is also the world’s largest Fendt dealer. For more information, call Cornie Tosen of BHBW South Africa at 083-260-0215.

    fendt
    South Africa’s first Fendt tractor, a 320 kW Fendt 1042 Vario, was sold even before the local launch to Thys Pottas (second from the right), who farms between Kroonstad and Welkom. With him are Charles van Niekerk, BHBW Business Development Manager; Roland Schuler, member of the Board of Directors of BayWa AG, and Godfried Heydenrych, CEO of BHBW.
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