High court rules that poultry dubbing contravenes Animals Protection Act

South Gauteng High Court judge Willem Van der Linde ruled that the dubbing of chickens constitutes a contravention of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962. The Eastern Cape Poultry Club brought forward an application for a declaration order to state that the practice of dubbing poultry show...

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GWK expands in NC with Noordkaap Lewendehawe Kuruman acquisition

GWK has acquired Noordkaap Lewendehawe Kuruman, which is in line with the company's expansion plans. The acquisition provides GWK with access to an increased supply of livestock in addition to infrastructure, which is favourable for GWK Auctions. GWK Auctions specialises in livestock, stud, and...

8 Aug 2017

Mbulelo Sikade wins Agri's Got Talent

Mbulelo Sikade has won the Agri's Got Talent's competition. Sikade has become the fourth person to win the competition and the event was held in Paarl. Afri-rapper Jason Baartman placed second and Jason Tiras placed in third place.

8 Aug 2017

Groot Constantia wins at Novare Terroir Awards

Groot Constantia's 2015 Gouverneurs Reserve White blend has once again been declared the winner in the Top White Blend category at the recent 2017 Novare SA Terroir Awards. In addition to this, Groot Constantia also came out on top in the Area Winner Awards category by taking home all the...

2 Aug 2017

Agri's Got Talent finalists to battle it out on stage

The 10 finalists in this year's Agri's Got Talent competition will go head to head for a final time at the Nederburg Estate, outside Paarl. The singing competition, reserved for farm, pack shed, and cellar workers in the fruit and wine industries, is a joint project between Hortgro, the VinPro...

2 Aug 2017

UFS' pharmacology department looks into high levels of inulin in Witlof root

Director of pharmacology at the University of the Free State, Dr Motlalepula Matsabisa, believes that the rich supply of inulin in the Witlof root may play an effective role in managing diabetes. The UFS is currently also testing inulin's effects on cancer cells as it is thought to have a slowing...

31 Jul 2017

Neil Ellis Wines takes gold (twice) at the IWC

Neil Ellis Wines recently received two international awards. The Neil Ellis Whitehall Chardonnay 2015, maiden vintage from a single vineyard in Elgin, and the Neil Ellis Jonkershoek Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, a new vintage from Jonkershoek, received a gold medal each at the 2017 International Wine...

27 Jul 2017

KZN farmers help fire-stricken Eastern Cape farmers

Kwa-Zulu Natal farmers have helped Eastern Cape farmers that have been affected by wild fires in the last month by donating over 1000 bales of animal feed. The recent wild fires have claimed lives, razed homes and devasted land. The donated bale will help see the affected farmers through...

27 Jul 2017

Pope Francis donates to Food and Agriculture Organization

Pope Francis has donated to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in an effort to support drought and conflict-stricken populations in East Africa. The Pope donated €25,000 to the organisation. The current estimate of people in need of humanitarian assistance in East...

24 Jul 2017

Agri SA gains new corporate member Pro Agri Forum

Pro Agri Forum, a group of commercial mega-farmers, has become Agri SA's newest corporate member. The new corporate member at Agri SA is a leader in the agricultural sector, guiding, investing and empowering emerging farmers through knowledge-sharing and skills development.

13 Jul 2017

Roleplayers in sugar industry reach wage agreement, avoid strike action

The Sugar Industry Bargaining Council has reached a wage agreement increase of 7.5% across the board following a three-month dispute. Wage talks had deadlocked on 31 May 2017 after the employers in the sector made a final offer of 6.5%, which resulted in UASA declaring a dispute at the CCMA....

6 Jul 2017

2017 Cape Town Flower Show postponed to 2018

Growth Events has postponed the 2017 Cape Town Flower Show as a result of the severe dry and arid conditions currently experienced in the Western Cape. The flower show is scheduled to take place at the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in October 2018.

22 Jun 2017

Broiler producers introduce new category as Galliova Awards sponsors

The 2017 Galliova Awards will feature a new broiler champion category as South African broiler producers, under the banner of the South African Poultry Association, have come onboard as sponsors. This year, entrants stand a chance to win one of six prizes worth a total of R120,000. The Galliova...

15 Jun 2017

Standard Bank adds R10m to aid relief efforts in the WC

Following a week of extreme weather conditions that left many displaced, Standard Bank has donated R10m towards providing relief to those who were affected by the heavy rainfall in Cape Town and fires in Knysna. Standard Bank coastal in Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, and the greater Cape...

12 Jun 2017

39th Sernick Bonsmara Auction astounds the meat industry

Sernick Bonsmara, part of the Sernick Group, recently hosted its 39th annual Production Auction. Lot 11's bull received a whopping R340,000 while the highest price for cows was R26,500 for both lot 58 and 59, the average overall was R16,000. The average across the 42 bulls on offer was R93,000, in...

5 Jun 2017

Anthonij Rupert Wyne introduces its first premium Rosé

Anthonij Rupert Wyne has launched its first premium Provençal style rosé in honour of Jean Roi, the French Huguenot from Provence who pioneered the L'Ormarins Wine Estate's 300-year-old viticultural history. The Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2016 is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz, filled...

2 Jun 2017

Boschendal Wines shine at OM Trophy Wine Show

Bochendel Wines has been announced as Gold winners for their Boschendal Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Blanc de Blanc 2007 at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The panel of judges sifted through more than 100 entries and was chaired by wine authority, Michael Fridjhon.

1 Jun 2017

Tru-Cape continues relationship with world universities as its hosts student delegation from Italy

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing in Somerset West hosted 10 students from the Fachschule für Obst-, Wein- und Gartenbau at Laimburg Südtirol along with two of their lecturers as part of an ongoing outreach programme. The school is closely associated with the Laimburg Research Institute and teaches subjects...

31 May 2017

Hartenberg Wine Estate celebrates Shiraz wins

Hartenberg Wine Estate has been award gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards for its Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012 while its not-yet-released Gravel Hill Shiraz 2013 collected gold at the Syrah du Monde International Competition. The Decanter World Wine Awards were announced in London on 25 May following...

29 May 2017

Paul Cluver Wines collects accolade at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards

Paul Cluver Wines' Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016 was named the Best Chardonnay in the World at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London, UK. Paul Cluver Wines was one of two South African wine producers to receive the medal at the awards; Klein Constantia received the Platinum Best in Show award...

29 May 2017

Neil Ellis Wines' Cabernet Sauvignons included in 2017 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report

Two of Neil Ellis Wines' 2014 Cabernet Sauvignons were named in the 2017 Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report. The Neil Ellis Jonkerskoek Cabernet 2014 was awarded joint first place with Strydom Rex 2014 at 92 points while the Neil Ellis Stellenbosch Cabernet 2014 was among the top 15 Cabernets at...

25 May 2017

Boschendal's Chardonnay named best in SA at IWC

Boschendal's Appellation Series-Elgin 2015 Chardonnay has been awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy, Best Chardonnay Trophy and the Best White Wine of South Africa Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge. Boschendal was also awarded Gold for its Elgin Pinot Noir 2015, and Gold at the...

24 May 2017

Paul Cluver Wines wins big at 2017 International Wine Challenge

Paul Cluver Wines has been awarded three trophies for its Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2015 at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in London. The Seven Flags Pinot Noir was awarded the Elgin Pinot Trophy, South African Pinot Noir Trophy, and South African Red Trophy. Paul Cluver Wines also took...

23 May 2017

Boschendal is now a five-time 2017 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles medalist

After competing against 9,080 wines from 50 countries, Boschendal has received one gold and four silver medals at the 24th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. An international panel of 320 judges which includes wine buyers, oenologists, journalists, and sommeliers gathered in Spain from 5 to 7 May to...

17 May 2017

Spice Route Wines win big at 2017 NWC

Spice Route Wines received several accolades at the 2017 National Wine Challenge awards. Spice Route Wines' Amos Block Perpetual Reserve NV, Saffron Rosé 2016, and Terra de Bron Grenache 2015 were awarded in the Double Platinum/Top 100 category. The Spice Route Amos Block Perpetual Reserve NV...

3 May 2017

Boschendal receives multiple honours in National Wine Challenge/Top 100 competition

The National Wine Challenge/Top 100 competition recently named the top 100 South African wines for 2017. Boschendal received Top 100 and Double Platinum awards for its Boschendal Vin d'Or 2015, Jean le Long Prestige Cuvee 2007 and Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016, as well as...

3 May 2017

Fairview receives Vineyard Consistency Award at NWC

In addition to being named the Vineyard Consistency Award winner, the Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate in Paarl also received 10 additional accolades at the 2017 National Wine Challenge. The Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz, Fairview Extraño, and Fairview La Beryl Blanc received Top 100 and Double...

3 May 2017

VKB/FSA Safety Desk receives support for rural safety in the Free State

The VKB/FSA Safety Desk has received R420,000 from VKB to empower farmers by supporting rural safety in the Free State. The funds were raised during the company's VKB Drive for Safety Golf Day, which they've been hosting for the past four years. The funds will make it possible for FSA to improve...

26 Apr 2017

Uitkyk has one of SA's best Chardonnay, says Decanter

Uitkyk wine estate's Uitkyk Chardonnay 2015 was included in Decanter's panel tasting report on South African Chardonnay. Uitkyk wine estate in located on the southern slope of Simonsberg in the Stellenbosch wine region. Decanter is an international wine magazine which features the field's...

10 Mar 2017

Nuy Winery gives back to cellar workers and shareholders

In August 2010, the Nuy Winery board formed the Keerom Landbou Beperk, an initiative that gives cellar workers one hectare red and one hectare white Muscat grapes, as well as providing profitability through land use to shareholders. Best known for their top Muskat, Nuy Winery won the prestigious...

24 Feb 2017

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