from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The occupation of keeping and rearing ostriches for the sake of their feathers; the conduct of an ostrich-farm.
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The week-long Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, to be held in the Western Cape Province ostrich-farming town of Oudtshoorn, will draw together thousands of Afrikaans writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, playwrights and poets as well as Afrikaners from all walks of life.
"I was thinking of the ostrich-farming, little un," said Emson sadly.
That ostrich-farming has been found worthy of zealous attention is proved by the fact that, while in 1865 there were only between eighty and ninety birds in the colony, in 1875 there were upwards of 22,000.
The subject of giving up Kopfontein was often discussed, but even if it were done, it seemed evident that many months must elapse before Emson would be fit to travel; so the subject was talked of less often, though one thing was evident both to Dyke and his brother -- their scheme of ostrich-farming had completely broken down, and unless a bold attempt were made to start afresh, they would gradually become poorer and poorer, for alone, all Dyke's efforts to collect valuable skins were disposed to be rather unfruitful, try hard as he would.
Not until many years after this did "ostrich-farming" and feather-exporting become, as it still continues, one of the most important branches of commercial enterprise in the Cape Colony; but we cannot avoid the conclusion, that, as Watt gave the first impulse to the steam-engine when he sat and watched the boiling kettle, so Mrs Marais opened the door to a great colonial industry when she held that infant ostrich between her knees, and stuffed it with minced eggs and liver.
a bungalow somewhere on the land with two young Hollanders who were learning ostrich-farming, and came with them to lunch every day at the house.
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