Farming off the grid
Farmer's Weekly visited Bushmanland's commercial livestock farmers, who rely on the sun and wind for their power. Businesses, including farmers, have seen their profits squeezed ever more tightly by escalating electricity costs, and energy efficiency has become the name of the game. In desperation, some farmers have even disconnected themselves from the grid. Meanwhile, in the Northern Cape’s vast and arid Bushmanland region, hundreds of commercial livestock farmers have never known any other way of farming.