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Key Results

  1. Before Chris ran a cow-calf herd, he has never had to sell or move livestock because of drought. 

  2. Aerial spraying of arboricide has left a good balance of trees, palatable shrubs, forbs and grasses.

  3. Instead of using arboricide for aftercare six years after the aerial spraying, fi re is used. The camps are rested for one year to build up fuel, and then burned. Burning is cheaper and more eff ective than arboricide.

  4. Low input costs after aerial spraying.

  5. Several perennial grasses have returned under various condi- tions. Regeneration is clearly under way.

  6. Panicum is taking over from the suurgras (Schmidtia) in the riverine areas and is now starting to move into the open. As frost kills the Sekelbos (Dichrostachys) in the area, it remains at a usable height. 

  7. Kweekgras (Cynodon) has steadily colonised the gully walls, which are now sloping instead of steep. This indicates that the water is staying on the land and not fl owing fast and angrily, causing damage along the way.

Farm Dabis (East)

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Chris Coetzee says that the cost of a bakkie bought in 1970 is the same for a number of weaners today (R2200). Cars are not more expensive; rather, farm productivity has drastically declined, and this we need to intensively interrogate as a business, as a science, and as an art. 

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