All about tail bandages: The herringbone tail bandage is often used by professional horse riders. It has several applications: It can be used to prevent a horse from rubbing its tail hairs off on the crossbar in a float; it will keep the horse’s tail clean in muddy conditions; and it will help to keep a plaited tail tidy at a show. Although effective, the bandage has to be applied correctly. The herringbone pattern prevents excess pressure on the blood vessels in the dock of the tail, but, if attached too tightly, it can lead to damage or even loss of the tail. (For more information, visit or email Dr Mac at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject line: Horse Talk).

70 000 new computer viruses are found every day by antivirus companies (People Magazine, 19 September 2014).

Internet connection in Africa: A survey for a report entitled eLearning Africa, showed that lap tops were used by most African farmers (28%), followed by computers, smart phones and basic cell phones (each 15%). (Carien Kruger, Landbouweekblad, 10 July 2015).

In 2014, an Eskom study showed that the farming sector was responsible for 48% of all stolen electricity. This has probably increased since then. Syndicates work on a large scale across the country, and they entice farmers to tamper with their electricity installations (Farmer’s Weekly, 5 September 2014).

In 2014, the average South African consumes almost 38kg of chicken per year making it the most consumed protein in the country at that time (Farmer’s Weekly, 27 June 2014).