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Dreaming of living on a farm is not unusual, but for most city slickers the dream never becomes a reality and they would never experience the true life of a farmer. Farming does not come easy. There is no shortcuts, taking days off, no sick leave and organized holidays are rare.
To farm with livestock in South Africa you need water, grazing lands, feed, shelter, expensive equipment and a lot of experience. You have to doze your animals on a regular basis regardless if you are farming with cows, sheep, pigs or chickens.
Maintaining your Livestock is a full job.
Medicine for animals are expensive and Livestock need a variety of medicine and vaccine treatment throughout the year to keep them in good order and healthy. Neglecting these procedures could lead to great financial losses.
Unlike humans, Livestock does not clean themselves and farmers need to control animals against disease, fungus, lice and and flies by dozing or dipping livestock every other month. This is an very expensive exercise and often not calculated in a farming business plan.
All Livestock animals do get worms and need to be treated on a monthly, quarterly or half yearly period to ensure that they stay healthy and worm free.
When starting to farm in South Africa, you need to plan very carefully to be successful.
If your land is far from cities or towns you need to provide housing for your workers. That includes fresh drinking water and electricity. Keeping moral high between workers is as important as farming with livestock and agricultural farming. Workers are the drive behind a farming project and listening to their needs and advise are essential for a farming business to survive. Without workers large scale farmers can not grow and will fail to become successful.
You need to consider the following if you are a beginner farmer in South Africa
- Housing for workers
- Housing for animals
- Water and Piping
- Equipment and Transport
- Transport Permits
Farming South Africa is an Online Magazine that brings you updated News, Techniques, Business Plans and World Farming News. Videos including local South African Farmers and DIY projects. Raising livestock and learning the farming industry.
Advise on how to sell your livestock, advise for homesteaders and what vegetables to plant in all seasons by Provinces in South Africa with our Planting Chart.
What is the difference between agriculture and farming?
The difference between agriculture and farming is that agriculture is the art or science of cultivating the ground, including the harvesting of crops such as barley, wheat, corn, oats soybeans and the rearing and management of livestock while farming is the business of cultivating land, raising and producing livestock.
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Farming Related Topics on The Farming South Africa Website
- Farming with Vegetables
- Farming Business Plans
- Farming with Live Stock
- Selling and Marketing of your Live Stock
- Animal Management
- How to Setup Bio-Security
- Selling Farming Equipment
- Daily Fruit and Vegetables Market Prices South Africa
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Farming With Pigs in South Africa
Selling pigs in South Africa can be very easy. Since pig farming is a tough business and the market offers low prices for all the hard work and pain you had to endure, we offer you more solutions that will almost double your profit. Read more on how to get the maximum return on your Pig Farming Business and make real profit.
A guide to Small Scale Pig Farming in South Africa. This article includes:
- Disease Control
- Housing for Pigs
- Pig Farming Management
Read more on Small Scale Pig Farming
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Interesting Facts about Livestock and Agriculture Farming in South Africa
South Africa has a dual agricultural economy, with both well-developed commercial farming and more subsistence-based production in the deep rural areas.
Covering 1.2 million square kilometers of land, South Africa is one-eighth the size of the United States and has seven climatic regions, from the Mediterranean to subtropical to semi-desert.
However, South African farming remains vitally important to the economy with 638 000 people formally employed although it’s estimated that around 8,5-million people are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture for their employment and income.
According to the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the food-processing sector is the largest manufacturing sector in employment terms, with about 171 000 employees. This increases to more than a million jobs if agriculture is included.
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