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John Griffiths

John Griffiths This year’s North West Young Farmer of the Year, is an irrigation farmer based just outside Brits. He has been farming for 14 years, having left school after Standard Eight.

Griffiths has been farming his whole life and actually purchased his first tractor in primary school, with money he’d earned farming a plot of land his father allowed him to use. - See more at: http://www.ofm.co.za/article/news/183392/if-you-love-it-its-not-work-says-north-west-young-farmer#sthash.nQzYoW62.dpuf
Griffiths has been farming his whole life and actually purchased his first tractor in primary school, with money he’d earned farming a plot of land his father allowed him to use.

Griffiths farms mostly with crops under irrigation, as well as a small component of exotic wildlife. He owns the farm Volspoed in Slachtkraal near the Koedoeskop area.

John produces a variety of crops, including maize, cabbage and spinach, on 400ha. His land extends over several smaller farms, with 20km separating the furthest properties. This means that he plants under a variety of conditions and in several different soil types – sandy, clay and loamy.

He plants about 200ha seed maize, 50ha maize, 50ha popcorn maize and 100ha vegetables. This includes about 400 000 spinach plants per hectare, yielding 10 000 bunches per hectare.

John recently expanded his operation to include wildlife such as black impalas and golden wildebeest. He keeps 20 golden wildebeest cows and one bull alongside 30 impala ewes and one black impala ram that run in a 60ha enclosure.


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