A Hippo Saved my Life

Struggling and suffering in Zimbabwe with food shortages and a family to provide for, I was at the end of my rope when my husband, who works in South Africa, brought back a Hippo hammer mill with diesel engine over Easter weekend….. Hippos kill many people in Africa but this Hippo saved my life and […]

Advantages of organic mulches in the orchard

E. Joubert (Subtrop) Manure, compost, woodchips, slashed material and pruned branches are commonly used as organic mulches in the orchard1. There are many agricultural advantages to correctly applied organic mulches in the soil2,3. These advantages include the presence of natural micro-organisms that enhances plant growth, plant health and product quality1,4,5. Micro-organisms generally include bacteria, fungi, […]

Avocado root rot control program

This work was motivated by the presentations given by Elizabeth Dann at the SAAGA research symposium and phosphonate workshop held in February 2017. Compiled by Nico Claassens & Elsje Joubert Reviewed & improved by Stephan Schoeman & Henk Kuperus 1. New Plantings 1.1 Soil preparation 1.1.1 Do a deep cross-rip of the new orchard. 1.1.2 […]

Delivery of Grizzly Chippers to Pecan Country

It was the middle of July, on a cold winter’s morning.  Scanwood Solutions delivered two Grizzly chippers to Nutmech in the heart Pecan Country in the heart of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme. Nutmech had arranged the sale, subsequent delivery and demonstration of two models of Chippers, the Grizzly 180 (http://www.scanwood.co.za/products/Grizzly-Wood-Chippers/Grizzly_Chipper_BX72R_180-woodchipper.php) and the Grizzly 250 (http://www.scanwood.co.za/products/Grizzly-Wood-Chippers/Grizzly_Chipper_BX102R_254-woodchipper.php). […]

News: The online shop

Presenting the new ABC online shop.

Hippo Mills – an Original Story of The Great Age

In the fall of 1928 the Hippo hammer mill was officially launched at the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg, capital of Natal, Province just three years after the Prince of Wales opened the show in 1925. The mill was named after Hubert the hippo who caused big scale damage to crops in the area. This was a time when the motor […]

Textured soy protein (tsp) part ii

As you read in part 1 of this blog, we discussed the current desire to eat healthier which has resulted in an increased demand for textured soy protein (TSP) as a protein replacement due to its affordability and ability to blend well. In part 2, we will discuss what items you need to produce TSP […]

Textured soy protein (tsp) part 1

The current desire to eat healthier has increased the demand for textured soy protein (TSP) as a protein replacement due to its affordability and ability to blend well. There are many ways TSP can be used, but the two most common uses of TSP are: meat extender and meat replacement. A meat extender is typically […]

Milling and dust

Dust generated by a mill 2

For smaller mills, and especially mills like hammer mills that runs at high RPM, dust is one of the biggest problems for a milling enterprise. It’s not only a health hazard to those working with the machine and in its surrounds, but it wastes a great deal of product and it may be the cause […]

Why should you store your grain yourself?

A photo showing a farm silo in South Africa

Farm storage has become more popular over the past 20 years in the South African context – where farmers have been putting up more and more of these on-farm storage silos for the following reasons: To become more independent from the large agricultural companies – by being able to take their grain to market at […]