Agri Expo News

20 September 2017 – Adam Tas at the Groot Plaasproe.

The popular Afrikaans singer Adam Tas is to perform at the Groot Plaasproe on Saturday 14 October 2017 on Sandringham outside Stellenbosch. Farmies as well as Townies will enjoy this brand new experience of all things farm. Tas, also a farmer and nature lover, will be on stage from 16:30 to 18:15. He will sing songs from his latest album, “Patatas & Pyptabak”, as well as from his Johnny Cash tribute album. Nic Stevens, solo singer also known as one of  “Die Broers”, will perform from 14:30 to 16:30 and Die Wildberries from 12:00 to 14:30. From 10:00 to 14:30, line dancers will entertain the crowd and show them the ropes to join in the fun.

The programme also include Boeresport (11:00 to 13:00), as well as the Big Ice-cream Eating Competition (13:15) for participants of all ages, and the Big Braai Competition (11:00 to 13:00) for solo or team braaiers, for which you may bring your own meat or buy meat from a stall. An array of artisan products such as wine, cheese, sosaties, roosterkoek, steak, yogurt and ice cream will be available for tasting and sale at stalls. Try out unique combinations such as boergoat meat and craft beer next to the braai, jaffles, skaapstertjies, wildspotjie, afvalpotjie, gin, biltong and droëwors, freshly baked farm bread, milktart, skaapkop, pap with smoor, milkshake and much more.

Children, even the ones who do not have a pet at home, can participate in the special Townies fun show (11:00 to 12:00) to lead a milk goat around the arena. Kids can ride ponies, visit a touch farm and meet miniature horses and donkeys. The programme also include working sheep dog demonstration (12:00 to 13:00), sheep shearing (every hour from 10:00 to 13:00) and dog jumping and flyball competition (13:15 to 18:00). Have a go at judging by voting for the cutest animal in the Big Favourite Competition or pose with any animal to enter the Big Selfie Competition. Discover the difference between alpacas and lamas, see how different animals’ wool is spun and experience the crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen and the BKB Red Meat King or Queen. Rabbit lovers should not miss the Cape Rabbit Club’s Championship Spring Show – with a pet bunny show at 10:30.

The Groot Plaasproe forms part of the fourth Livestock, a world-class annual showcase of the South African livestock and dairy industry, attracting thousands of agriculture enthusiasts to Sandringham. It takes place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 October 2017 (from 09:00 to 18:00). Tickets are available from Computicket and the gate at R80 (Saturday), R60 (Thursday or Friday), R50 for pensioners and scholars (14 to 18 years) and free for children 13 years and under.  Linedancers (or aspiring dancers) can buy discounted tickets from line dance judge Karin van der Merwe (karin@bootscooters.co.za or 082 837 2682). Visit www.livestock.org.za for more information; follow Livestock on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or contact Agri-Expo on 021-975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za.

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Beef Cattle Information Day at Agri-Expo Livestock

14 September 2017 – Beef cattle farmers and other interested parties can once again learn from the experts at the annual Beef Cattle Information Day on Friday 13 October 2017 during Agri-Expo Livestock at Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

This year’s program once again includes speakers from across the country, such as Dr Gillian Declercq (State Veterinarian at the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) who will share her knowledge about ‘Boererate’ as a simple solution to common ailments in farm animals – ideal for small scale farmers who do not always have access to veterinarians.

The other speakers are:

  • Gerhard Schutte (Chief Executive Officer of the Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO)) on the latest red meat trends,
  • Nico Groenewald (Head of Agribusiness at Standard Bank) on financial management of farming enterprises,
  • Dr Faffa Malan on drought management (made possible by Landbouweekblad), and
  • Jaco Smit (Managing Director of Taurus Evolution) on “”Small numbers – Grand champions”.

The event is sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and aims to develop skills, improve market access and promote sustainability.

The Beef Cattle Information Day takes place from 09:00 to 13:30 in the Agri-Expo Conference Centre. This information day is a project of Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society (also known as Agri-Expo) aimed at promoting a positive image of agriculture. Attendance is free of charge and enquiries may be directed to  Breyton Milford at 021 975 4440 or breyton@agriexpo.co.za.

Agri-Expo Livestock takes place from 12 to 14 October 2017. For more information, visit www.livestock.org.za.

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Agri Expo News: The Big Farm Taste – from goat to beer!

24 July 2017 – The Big Farm Taste – from goat to beer!

 Cheese, wine, craft beer, boergoat meat, “skaapstertjies”, tripe and ice cream . . . all these delicacies and more awaits you at the Big Farm Taste on Saturday 14 October 2017 on the farm Sandringham outside Stellenbosch.

 Agri-Expo, organiser of the popular South African Cheese Festival, promises a brand new tasting experience of all things farm, both for Farmies as well as Townies. Visitors can look forward to unique combinations such as Bok&Bier (boergoat meat and craft beer next to the braai). An array of craft and artisan products such as wine, Karoo lamb sosaties, roosterkoek, steak, yogurt and ice cream will be available for tasting and sale at food and wine stalls.

Old as well as young can discover farm life during a full-day programme that includes performances by popular Afrikaans singers. Watch the line dancers perform and let them show you the ropes so you can join in the fun. Try out some Boeresport including sack racing, egg throwing and tug-of-war; enter the Big Ice-cream Eating Competition for participants of all ages; or get a team together for the Big Braai Competition, for which you may bring your own meat or buy meat from a stall.

Visitors will be able to meet more than 300 different animals. Have a go at judging by voting for the cutest animal in the Big Favourite Competition. Pose with a Percheron (a giant white draft horse as strong as a tractor) or with a boergoat or any other animal, and make sure you enter the Big Selfie Competition. Children, even the ones who do not have a pet at home, are invited to participate in the special Townies fun show to lead a milk goat around the arena. Kids can also ride ponies, visit a touch farm and meet miniature horses and donkeys.

Discover the difference between alpacas and lamas, watch sheepdogs work with sheep, and try to distinguish between 50 different kinds of chickens – from a tiny Kapokkie to a huge Orpington. Find out where the milk in the bottle comes from, see the sheep shearers in action and learn how different animals’ wool is spun. Visit the giant Italian Romagnola couple, Waldo and Olivia, in the luxurious dairy cow hotel and don’t miss the crowning of the FNB Dairy Queen and the BKB Red Meat King or Queen.

The programme takes place from 09:00 to 18:00. Tickets are available from Computicket and the gate at R80 for adults, R50 for pensioners and scholars (14 to 18 years) and free for children 13 years and under. Visit www.livestock.org.za for more information; follow Livestock on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or contact Agri-Expo on 021-975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za.

The Big Farm Taste forms part of the fourth Livestock, a world-class annual showcase of the South African livestock and dairy industry, attracting thousands of agriculture enthusiasts to Sandringham. It takes place from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 October 2017. Tickets for Thursday and Friday’s programme cost R60 per day, R50 for pensioners and scholars (14 to 18 years) and free for children 13 years and under, also available from Computicket and the gate.

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SA Olive News

19 July 2017 – SA Olive Oils vie for Top 10 places.

Olive oil is no longer a simple lubricant used for cooking. Its many and varied uses, the health benefits thereof, and differences in terms of flavour and intensity are increasingly known and enjoyed by foodies all over. In South Africa the consumers are blessed with a choice of high quality locally produced olive oils.

In recent years the growing number of awards won at major international olive oil competitions – even when pitted against countries like Italy and Spain – attest to the fact that the quality of SA olive oils can hold their own with the best of the world. The sustainable health of the SA olive and olive oil industry stands at the heart of the activities of SA Olive, the association representing the common interests of growers, producers, processors and importers.

By means of the SA Olive Awards, annually held in August, SA Olive gives recognition to the country’s top extra virgin olive oils of the particular year’s harvest. Entries are blind-judged by a panel of qualified tasters; where after medals are awarded in the categories for Delicate, Medium and Intense olive oils.

Ten, not five, top olive oils lauded this year

In a show of confidence in the olive industry, Absa, which previously sponsored the Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards, has now indicated that it will extend this honour to ten exceptional olive oils. The very best gold award recipients of the SA Olive Awards will be chosen as finalists in the run for the Absa Top 10 to be announced on 27 September.

“Several encouraging factors influenced our decision to double the number of winners,” says Willie Zastron, Provincial Head Business Banking, Absa. ”The continued growth seen in the quality of locally produced olive oils, the rise in the number of SA Olive Award entries, as well as the consumer’s increased demand for quality olive oils and loyalty to local suppliers, have convinced us to expand the platform for recognition to the top 10 olive oils. In this way we are not only pledging our support to individual producers, we are simultaneously creating opportunities for increased commercialisation in a fast-growing industry, access to markets and sustained job creation in rural communities.”

According to SA Olive chairperson, Nick Wilkinson, the SA Olive Awards as well as the Absa Top 10 serve as a two-pronged approach to give recognition to the industry. “In the first instance we laud producers for their dedication and hard work in creating a superb product,” he says, “and in the second place we help guide the consumer in their exploration of the proudly South African offering.”

Olive oil producers, enter now!

To stand a chance to be named as one of the elite Absa Top 10, olive oil producers have to enter their extra virgin olive oil of the 2017 harvest no later than 4 August.

For more information visit www.saolive.co.za or contact Karien Bezuidenhout at 021 870 2900 or karien@hortgro.co.za.

Issued by:           CNCommunication | Charlene Nieuwoudt | 083 6661480

On behalf of:    SA Olive | Karien Bezuidenhout | karien@hortgro.co.za