An Agronomist’s job is to investigate field crop problems and develop new and improved growing methods for higher yields or better quality. This includes crops such as corn, maize, grain sorghum, peanuts, sunflower, cotton, sugar-cane, potatoes and forage.
Beekeepers are also known as honey farmers or apiarists. A Beekeeper is a person who keeps honey bees in hives or boxes. The bees are free to come and go. Honey bees produce honey, beeswax and royal jelly, propolis (bee glue and bee antiseptic) and queen bees.
A Bird (Avian) Farm Manager specialises in breeding various types of birds. For example: exotic species for pet shops or export or breeding chicks for poultry and/or egg-producing farmers.
Crop Farmers grow the same plant on a large scale for economic purposes for the food and clothing industry. For example: wheat, corn, rice, sugar, vegetables, fruit, cotton, hemp etc. Some crop farmers might specialise in other kinds of plants like lavender, herbs, fresh flowers etc.
Livestock Farmers will usually farm one kind of animal for food (meat, eggs, milk etc) or for clothing (leather, wool, feathers etc). For example: cows, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, game, poultry, fish, bees, etc.
A Farming Consultant is like a farm owner’s right hand person. A Farming Consultant’s job is to assist a farm owner in almost every aspect of their farm. It therefore stands to reason that Farming Consultants need to have a very varied and up-to-date knowledge base.
Floriculture may be a bright and colourful career choice for you! Floriculture, or flower growing businesses produce fresh and dried flowers and foliage for a mixture of markets such as wholesale flower markets, florists and retail outlets, and in some cases for export.
In South Africa, Game Farm Managers are responsible for breeding and rearing of high quality game animals (eg zebra, springbok, rhino, etc) for resale. They participate in game captures to fulfil orders placed by buyers and ensure the safety and well- being of the animals during capturing.
Horse racing is a huge industry in SA. It’s growing and contributes a lot to our national economy. Stud and Stable Managers are equine (horse) specialists who look after and manage the horses whole they’re in the stables.