Natuurboerdery®, ZZ2’s environmentally-friendly approach to farming, contributed to the release of rehabilitated owls in their eco-friendly tomato fields and avocado orchards. Not only are the owls a natural way to control rodents, but the farmlands are a food rich environment for these top predators. The landscape is populated with small game which is a direct result of Natuurboerdery®, where the harmful impact of commercial farming on the ecosystem has been mitigated over two decades.
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.
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.
On Saturday, 24 June, the annual in-house Youth Show was hosted by Agri-Merensky at Merensky High School. 23 Learners were eager to prove their knowledge and showmanship concerning animal husbandry. After completing a written test, they were tested on cleaning and grooming the cattle. They were judged on their showmanship in the ring by Pieter Gerber and Willie Stevens. In the junior category Phillip du Preez took first place. Runner-up was Luandie Visagie, with Charize Taylor in third place. The seniors had a tough battle, but Iszabella le Roux came out on top, followed by Timothy Venter 2nd and Nicky Smith 3rd.
Beer Battered Onion Rings with Blue Cheese Dip Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes + 30 minutes waiting time Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients Beer Batter: 2 c (500 ml) cake flour ½ c (125 ml) corn flour 1 tsp (5 ml) salt 1 T (15 ml) baking powder 500 ml ice cold beer or [...]
Tomato, Goat’s Cheese & Thyme Galette Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 minutes + 30 minutes chilling time Cooking time: +- 45 minutes Ingredients Pastry: 1 c (250 ml) cake flour ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt 2 sprigs of thyme leaves 3 Tbs (45 ml) finely grated parmesan 80 g salted butter 1 large egg, beaten [...]
Spanish Rice Stuffed Classic Round Tomatoes Serves: 6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients: ½ c (125 ml) long grain rice, cooked according to package instructions and cooled slightly 6- 8 large ripe ZZ2 Classic round Tomatoes 125 g chorizo, chopped ½ onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp (5 [...]
Salmon & Avo Poke Bowls Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients: ½ c (125 ml) brown rice, cooked according to package instructions and cooled 200 g Norwegian salmon, cut into cubes 1 tsp (5 ml) sesame oil 1 tsp (5 ml) black sesame seeds ½ cucumber, seeds removed and julienned [...]
One Tray Italian-Style Chicken Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges 2 garlic cloves, sliced 4 x free range chicken breast fillets 8 x Prosciutto or Speck slices 100 g green beans, trimmed 100 g Kalamata olives, pips removed 1 punnet (200g) [...]
James Shibambu (64), a ZZ2 stalwart in our Transport Department, is the proud father of Fumani Sacks Shibambu (23), a Computer Science Engineering graduate from Tshwane University of Technology. Fumani is currently employed by Huawei Technology in Sandton.