What can you do when costs get out of control?

Johannesburg (Photo credit: austinevan)

The Free State’s Young Farmer of the Year for 2014 shared his saddest day in his farming career:

He had to sell his 400-strong dairy herd five years ago because his declining profit margin made it impossible for him to continue.

The local agricultural publication Farmers Weekly reports that the farmer has now gone in for diversification to spread his risk through beef cattle and sheep, irrigated wheat, maize, sunflower and lucerne. Continue reading “What can you do when costs get out of control?”

How to heat revenues in the cold months

Ah, the pudding. Months in the making. Finally...
Christmas in Winter – pumping winter sales (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night I enjoyed a “Christmas” dinner in July at a local restaurant called Hodges in Johannesburg. It’s the first time I’ve been to a Christmas dinner in winter and here in South Africa it seems to make sense because the weather is usually so hot on 25 December.

In summer a full traditional Christmas dinner is too heavy. That’s why a lot of South Africans eat their Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and have something lighter on Christmas Day or make a braai (barbecue). Continue reading “How to heat revenues in the cold months”