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Large-scale synchronisation & AI programme at ZZ2’s cattle unit

Many farmers, especially in the western parts of the country, have been experiencing a dry spring and summer. These conditions are not optimal for reconception in cattle as the condition of cows will decrease after calving, or because they did not undergo an improvement in body condition at the start of the breeding season. The main result of synchronisation of cattle at the start of the breeding season, is a focus on the condition of the cattle. Bulls should not merely be put with cows. In such a programme, every animal is handled three times within two weeks and each one’s condition score is physically recorded during the first handling.

February 9th, 2018|

ZZ2 celebrates local artist

A celebrated artist with his roots in Limpopo, has returned to his home-base to rejuvenate his career as a protégé of ZZ2. Jerry Lion (42), known for his realistic oil paintings and pastel sketches, is ZZ2’s new resident artist in Mooketsi after 17 years in Johannesburg. Born and schooled on ZZ2’s farm, Jerry discovered his gift at an early age. “My father, Judah Lion, was also an artist and I used to copy his works.” Jerry and his family lived in the Mooketsi area and many of his family members worked for ZZ2.

December 20th, 2017|

ZZ2: Oudits verseker marktoegang

Nakomingsoudits is vir meninge boer `n frustrasie, maar die string voordele wat daaruit verkry word, maak dit die moeite werd. Meen mnr Clive Garrett van ZZ2

December 18th, 2017|

ZZ2 Opens doors to the subtropical fruit industry

With its high start-up costs and complex export rules, the subtropical fruit industry presents formidable barriers to new entrants. Alita van der Walt spoke to ZZ2’s Tommie and BJ van Zyl about the models that the company is putting in place to assist developing farmers to become successful subtropical producers.

December 18th, 2017|


On the evening of 2 November 2017, at a gala event held at the Montecasino Ballroom, ZZ2 received two prestigious awards.  The Logistics Achiever Awards is acknowledged as the calendar event of the year in the logistics and supply chain industry.  “LAA recognises outstanding achievements and innovation that have created market advantage today for a strong, sustainable foundation into the future.”

December 4th, 2017|

ZZ2 receives the seal of environmental health and balance

Local avocado producer, ZZ2, received astounding awards and accreditations this year.  Some give a real glimpse into some of ZZ2’s core principles.  Reminds me of the quote, “do what you love and success will follow.”  There are those noteworthy achievements that focus on material gain, consumer interaction, effective campaigns and more; and there are those that breathe with life and focus on every being and element involved, such as The Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal.

December 4th, 2017|

Onder vier oë met Tommie van Zyl, nuwe PMA vise-president

Van Oktober 2017 af word Suid-Afrika in die Uitvoerende Raad van die Produce Marketing Association (PMA) deur Tommie van Zyl verteenwoordig. Tydens 2017 se PMA Fresh Connections Konferensie en Handelskou in Kaapstad, het John Oxford, president van PMA, bevestig dat Van Zyl, hoofuitvoerende beampte van ZZ2, as vise-president van die organisasie gaan dien. Van Zyl was sedert 2013 voorsitter van die PMA SA, waar hy nou deur Brian Coppin, bestuurshoof van Food Lover’s Market, opgevolg word

October 25th, 2017|

South Africa: Early rains & cool weather delay ZZ2 cherry harvest

Excellent early summer rain and cool weather over the South African Highveld have delayed the start of ZZ2’s cherry harvest by a few days; the first cherries for airfreight to the UK will be picked tomorrow. “Despite the warm winter I expect we’ll have more fruit than last year,” says Pieter de Wet, Bushveld cherry pioneer. “We’ve had unbelievable fruit set.” 

October 13th, 2017|

ZZ2 gears up for second cherry export deal

South African produce company ZZ2 is preparing for its second ever cherry export campaign of fruit from a recently purchased farm, with volumes expected to rise this year. The entity bought a farm in the North West province’s Rustenburg region in 2015 and enjoyed a successful inaugural season of around 40 metric tons (MT) last year.

October 2nd, 2017|

World first in carrot juice extraction by Rugani Carrots in South Africa

When Vito Rugani, managing director of Greenway Farms along with partner Vincent Sequeira, could take a step back from the day-to-day running of their large-scale carrot production, as a generation of younger management had come in, he devoted a year to researching an idea he had for their second grade carrots. “In 2011 I started looking at academic papers.

September 29th, 2017|