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Big 5 or not?
Gert Fourie

There is just something different about a big five reserve, something that makes the imagination go. “What if we get stuck in a breeding herd of elephant?” “If my vehicle breaks down – will I make it to the camp without becoming dinner?” “What should my first reaction be when I come across a lioness staring me in the face at 30 m?” Some thoughts are frightening but in a sense exhilarating …

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Information that makes a difference
Gert Fourie

Not a favourite topic to discuss over a braai … rather tell the story of the evasive eland that was eventually hunted. Often this topic is completely ignored. Sometimes it is
generalised or a gut feeling is used to determine what it is. Others take it very seriously and make sure it is absolutely correct… the carrying capacity and stocking rate of their farm. Many game ranchers go through three stages….

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Is groter beter?
by Gert Fourie

Het jy ’n kommersiële wildboerdery? Bied jy jou plaas as jagbestemming aan plaaslike of oorsese besoekers? Vra jouself die vraag af: Wat bied ek my kliënte wat die ander honderde jagplaasbestemmings in Suid-Afrika nie bied nie? Is ek ook deel van die honderde, indien nie duisende wildplase nie tussen 500 ha en 1 500 ha, wat die besoekende jagter dieselfde soort fasiliteite, jagbare diere en ondervinding bied?

Daar is verskillende benaderings – een grondeienaar sal op sy 1 500 ha-plaas ’n 500 ha-jagkamp uitspan sodat jagters die wild relatief maklik kan kry…

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Goedkoop boer is duur boer
Gert Fourie

In hierdie artikel word die waarde van ecologies advices vir die wildboer bespreek deur twee wildplase met mekaar te vergelyk. Die waarde van ‘n ekologiese bestuursplan vir sinvolle wildboerdery word beklemtoon. Lees hierdie artikel geskryf deur ekologiese konsultante…

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A higher income from you game farm

The question always remains: “Could I possibly produce a higher income from my game farm?” Are you currently unknowingly mismanaging your farm? Correct planning and management could make a difference in the potential income of your game farm!

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Regular feeding of game
Gert Fourie

It doesn’t take a long time for the exception to the rule to become more and more common, until it is the accepted norm. Only a few years ago, in the ‘90s, it was not common practice to feed game on a regular basis. Most of the game farmers we consulted then were only feeding during very dry years and sometimes during winter periods. In fact, those days our recommendations were…

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World Cup Soccer and Game Ranchers
by Gert Fourie

What does Joel Santana, 75 nations and game ranchers in South Africa have in common? They are all anxiously awaiting the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup Soccer in South Africa.Ideally, game farm owners should have already been preparing for this event. This article serves as an introduction for the landowner who believes he qualifies as an eco-tourist destination during this period.

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A bushy problem
by Gert Fourie

I was very surprised when I saw the photographs. The aerial photographs were taken in 1955, 1980 and 2006 respectively. The changes were obvious: This farm used to be an open grassy area with scattered trees and over the last 50 years had turned into very dense woodland. This is one example of the “savanna” habitat of South Africa that has changed drastically over the last 100 years, due to bush encroachment occurring from the Eastern Cape to the Kalahari and all the way to Messina.

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Intensive breeding of rare game species
by Gert Fourie

A protected animal is defined as an animal of which the population size has diminished to such an extent that there is a potential threat to the future occurrence of the species. Conservation authorities have a primary responsibility of protecting our biodiversity and natural ecosystems in South Africa. Game farmers have a similar responsibility, but with an additional requirement – conserving biodiversity in a financially viable way.

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Renostervoels: voordeel of nadeel?
by Gert Fourie

n Pragtige voëltjie met ’n rooibek. ’n Voëltjie wat die harte vinniger laat klop … nie altyd om dieselfde redes nie. Vir die voëlentoesias en natuurbewaarder is die teenwoordigheid van hierdie voëls ’n riem onder die hart, want dit dui op ’n ekosisteem wat na baie jare se misbruik weer besig is om te herstel. Vir sommige wildboere en beesboere bring dit bekommernis en selfs woede wanneer hulle hierdie voëltjies naby kosbare diere sien. Hoekom die bohaai?

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Other involvements in game industry:

  • Articles in non-scientific game and agricultural magazines – Gert Fourie
  • Presentations (veld- and game management) at wildlife functions and study groups – Gert Fourie

Previous Written and Published
Articles (by Gert Fourie):

Title Where published When
Feeding of Game Game & Hunt 2016
Intensief of ekstensief Wild & Jag 2016
Meet en weet Wild & Jag 2016
Monitering Wild & Jag 2016
Tydsberekening van bestuur Wild & Jag 2015
Tackling desnisfication Game & Hunt 2015
Rehabilitasie benadering deur die moderne boer Wild & Jag 2015
Maak jou bestuur makliker Wild & Jag 2015
Identifying your management priorities Game & Hunt 2015
Enhancing the experience on your farm Game & Hunt 2015
Duur wild Wild & Jag 2015
Droogtebestuur Wild & Jag 2015
Bigger is better Game & Hunt 2015
Verswak kleurvariasies die genetiese poel Wild & Jag 2014
Kennis en strategie hou baie finansiele voordele in WRSA tydskrif 2014
The game farmer’s role in conservation Game & Hunt 2014
Tegnologie in die bosveld Wild & Jag 2014
Teelkampe se invloed op die omgewing Wild & Jag 2014
Selling your game Game & Hunt 2014
Grasses Game & Hunt 2014
Game viewing Game & Hunt 2014
Bees, wild of albei Wild & Jag 2014
A unique grazing management approach Game & Hunt 2014
Conservation through utilisation? Game & Hunt 2013
Gedrag en drakrag Wild & Jag 2013
Historiese en toekomstige verspreiding van wild Wild & Jag 2013
Bestuur op die wildplaas Wild & Jag 2013
Red meat shortage Game & Hunt 2013
Segmentation of the game industry Game & Hunt 2013
Dief in die nag Wild & Jag 2013
Preparing a fire strategy for your farm Game & Hunt 2013
Habitat reeks vir skaarser teelspesies (reeks van 7) Wild & Jag 2012
Droogte en wildboerdery Wild & Jag 2012
Habitat management and game farming Game & Hunt 2012
Habitatbestuur tydens droogtetoestande Wild & Jag 2012
How can we use historic information to manage our land effectively Game & Hunt 2012
Habitat management and game ranching Game & Hunt 2012
Vestiging van wild Wild & Jag 2011
Prioriteite met wildplaasbestuur Wild & Jag 2011
Ekotoerisme ontwikkeling vir die wildboer Wild & Jag 2011
Do we have a weak game population in SA Game & Hunt 2011
Soet vs. suur Wild & Jag 2011
Bosbeheer, ‘n nuwe benadering Wild & Jag 2011
Bees en Wild Wild & Jag 2011
Passiewe wildvangs Wild & Jag 2011
How to introduce the correct game species Game & Hunt 2011
Timing is everything Game & Hunt 2010
Herstel van veld op wildplase Wild & Jag 2010
Wildplaas as geproklameerde natuurreservaat Wild & Jag 2010
The future of the game industry Game & Hunt 2010
Qualifying for burning Game & Hunt 2010
Is jou plaasbestuur suksesvol? Wild & Jag 2010
Bosluise – klein roofdiertjies Game & Hunt 2010
How many water points on your land? Game & Hunt 2010
The threat to the game industry Game & Hunt 2010
Kies jou plaas reg Wild & Jag 2010
The value of consultants Game & Hunt 2010
Kleurmutasies Wild & Jag 2010
Genetics and game farming Game & Hunt 2009
Vroue in die wildbedryf Wild & Jag 2009
Aardverwarming Wild & Jag 2009
Predators Game & Hunt 2009
Beste metode om wild te oes Wild & Jag 2009
World Cup Soccer and the Game ranchers Game & Hunt 2009
Is groter beter? Game & Hunt 2009
Information that makes a difference Game & Hunt 2009
Regular feeding of game Game & Hunt 2008
Big 5 or not? Wild & Jag 2008
A bushy problem Wild & Jag 2008
Intensive Breeding of Rare Game Species Wild & Jag 2008
Renostervoels: voordeel of nadeel? Wild & Jag 2008
Game farm
development and management – four part series
Farmer’s Weekly 2004
A higher income from your game farm Farmer’s Weekly 2004
Droogte bestuur SA Game & Hunt 2003
Veldsoorte SA Game & Hunt 2003
Van bees- na wildboerdery SA Game & Hunt 2003
Brandbestuur SA Game & Hunt 2003
Beplanning vir eko-toerism SA Game & Hunt 2003
Infrastruktuur van ‘n wildplaas SA Game & Hunt 2003
Keuse van ‘n wildplaas SA Game & Hunt 2003
Vestiging van wild SA Game & Hunt 2003
Bestuursplan vir suksesvolle wildboerdery SA Game & Hunt 2003
‘n Duur jagseiseon SA Game & Hunt 2003
Soet en suur SA Game & Hunt 2003
Tydsberekening SA Game & Hunt 2003
Waarde van wildplase SA Game & Hunt 2003
Van slagysters tot boomplaatjies SA Game & Hunt 2003
Wegholvure SA Game & Hunt 2003
‘n Hoër inkomste uit jou wildplaas SA Game & Hunt 2003
‘n Nuwe benadering tot bosbeheer SA Game & Hunt 2003
Informasie era SA Game & Hunt 2003
Sinvolle bestuur vir koede SA Game & Hunt 2004
Verswakte graslaag in die bosveld wek kommer SA Game & Hunt 2004
Soos ‘n dief in die nag SA Game & Hunt 2004
Die dinamika van veld op ‘n wildplaas SA Game & Hunt 2004
Implementering van bestuur SA Game & Hunt 2004
‘n Nuwe sonsondergang SA Game & Hunt 2004
Die wildboer en chemikalieë SA Game & Hunt 2004
Hoeveel moet ek aan dienste spandeer SA Game & Hunt 2004
Kan ek brand of nie? SA Game & Hunt 2005
Bestuursopsies volgens jou behoefte SA Game & Hunt 2005
Foefie of hulpmiddel SA Game & Hunt 2005
Wildplaaswinsgewendheid in Suid- Afrika SA Game & Hunt 2005
‘n Duur jagseisoen Noordelike Wildboer Organisasie 2005
Beplanning vir eko-toerisme Noordelike Wildboer Organisasie 2005
Ekologie en ekonomie van wildplas SA Game & Hunt 2006
‘n Wildplaas net geskik vir die eienaar SA Game & Hunt 2006
Goedkoop boer is duur boer SA Game & Hunt 2006
Veldrehabilitasie SA Game & Hunt 2006
Kaarte van jou wildplaas SA Game & Hunt 2006
Wildoes – hoe benader ek dit? SA Game & Hunt 2006
Bosverdigting SA Game & Hunt 2006
Bosbeheer in die wildbedryf SA Game & Hunt 2006
The Game farmer and the ecologist Helicon 2002