Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16018, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16018, 2016
Author Annelie ColemanSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 65 –67 (2016)More Less
"The rain-soaked lands of Mr JD van Wyk, 18 miles [about 29km] from Bloemfontein on the Saltpan road, made an ideal proving ground for the tractors and implements demonstrated at a two-day mealie farmers' symposium organised by the South African Maize Producers' Institute (Sampi). The demonstrations were attended by more than 200 farmers from all the major maize producing areas in the Free State and Western Transvaal." So reported The Friend newspaper on 9 June 1967. This was the humble beginning of one of the world's leading agricultural exhibitions. The number of visitors increased from the 200 in 1967 to 50 400 in 2000, and 68 900 in 2010. The number of visitors have now stabilised at about 70 000 annually.
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Anyone who can "make two ears of corn" grow where before only one grew, wrote Jonathan Swift back in the early 1700s, will "do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together". Never was this more pertinent than now and nowhere more so than in Africa. In August last year, Lincolnshire Wolds farmer Tim Lamyman broke the world record for wheat yields with an astonishing 16,5t/ha. Only 10 days later, Rod Smith of Northumberland beat this with a yield of 16,52t/ha.
Author Pieter Van DeventerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 124 –125 (2016)More Less
Pieter van Deventer farms Beefmaster stud cattle part-time on the farm Klipfontein near Coligny. In 1993, he bought his first Beefmaster bull, which he mated with several commercial cows, thus initiating the VAN-DEV Beefmaster herd. Pieter was impressed by the improved quality of the Beefmaster bull's progeny and by their excellent weaning weights. Furthermore, the bull's strong genetic prepotency ensured that his first-born calves strongly resembled Beefmasters.