Welcome to the November 2016 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter
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The National RPO wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. May this joyful season greet you with health and happiness.

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Drought relief announced

In reaction to the worst drought in South Africa since 1992, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the provincial Departments of Agriculture allocated R212 million towards drought relief.
In the 2015/2016 financial year that ended on 31 March 2016, the department allocated R263 million towards drought relief through reprioritising the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP); while provinces have made R198 million available through their equitable share funding. These funds were utilised to assist affected farmers with animal feed and water reticulation for livestock.  Read more ...

Importation of agricultural products during the festive season

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is making a friendly call to all international travellers who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, or returning to South Africa after the holidays, to comply with the country’s import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products.  
Compliance will assist the country in preventing and/or minimising the potential risk of introducing alien invasive species, foreign pests and diseases that could be associated with imported plants, plant products, animals, animal products and other regulated goods.  Read more ...

Increase in levies announced

Meat Statutory Measure Services announced that the statutory levy will increase on 1 November 2016 as published in the Government Gazette, Nr. 38199 of 11 November 2014.
The following functions are funded by the statutory levy :-
  • consumer trust;
  • consumer communication and education;
  • transformation and development;
  • research and development;  
  • industry liaison;
  • production development;
  • compliance to legislation;  and
  • administration.
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These vaccines are available

All vaccines that have been listed as available by Dr Steven Cornelius, Chief Executive of Onderstepoort Biological Products, has been confirmed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The Brucella-19-vaccine, lumpy skin disease and even blue tongue which was not available during the past year or so, says Dr Mike Modisane, Chief Director of Animal production and –health of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

NAHF website launched

At the recent National Animal Health Forum (NAHF) meeting their new website was launched and they expressed the hope that all members and visitors, will find the features and functionality robust and user-friendly.
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World to be rid of PPR

The ground has been broken on a major international initiative to rid the world of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) – also known as sheep and goat plague – a highly contagious viral animal disease that causes major losses in regions home to millions of the world’s poorest people.
The $996.4m plan launched by the food and agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) is the first phase of what will be a 15-year effort to eradicate PPR by 2030.  Read more ...

Numerous mortalities due to internal parasites

Internal parasite outbreaks with numerous mortalities, especially due to wireworm were reported, according to the monthly report on livestock disease trends as informally reported by veterinarians belonging to the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RuVASA), a group of the South African Veterinary Association.
The clinical signs of parasitism are: anaemia (pale mucous membranes), bottle jaw, weight loss and diarrhoea. Visit for more information and videos on the FAMACHA and Five point check management systems. Contact your veterinarian regarding the Faecal Egg Count Reduction Test (FECRT) to establish which dewormers can still be used effectively in your flock to control worms.  Read more ...

“Lamb on the run”

Here in SA we are lucky enough to have good and proper highways and byways from north to south, which makes for picturesque road trips all year round. However a full, crowded restaurant, delaying your trip can be an instant mood killer. Why not go all retro and be adventurous with a good old fashioned “bonnet feast”? Try these delicious and easy lamb and mutton “padkos” ideas this Christmas holiday!

The  digital version of the Red Meat/Rooivleis magazine available on

Stock theft discussed at LWCC meeting

Although on statistics it seems that stock theft is going down, in reality because of non-reporting, stock theft is going up, the Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee heard at its last meeting. 
The RPO should receive full support in this regard and it is essential that all farmers be compelled to identify their livestock since failure to do so is one of the main reasons why no action could be taken further. It does not matter how small the stock theft is, it has to be reported.  Read more ...

National Diploma in Animal Production 

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Support for beef prices

Internationally, USA cattle prices are forecasted higher for the remainder of 2016, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
omestically, a weakening rand, declining slaughter and the improved weather outlooks provide underlying support.  Read more ...

Solid mutton prices expected

Internationally, improvement in demand into the festive season may see solid pricing for lamb and mutton products, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Local prices may be supported by month end buying and improved demand in line with seasonality but the steep increase in the rate of slaughtering may pressure prices.  Read more ...


What does legislation say about feeding blood meal, carcass meal, bone meal and poultry litter?
Whereas blood and carcass meal is not readily available in the market, farmers have access to bone meal and poultry litter. In fact, during the course of the devastating drought raw poultry litter was sometimes the only supplement that farmers could afford. But, is it permissible to feed these products? To answer the question one has to consult legislation.  Read more ...
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Visit the PMF website

The predation management website has been developed to provide livestock farmers with a wide spectrum of information pertaining to those predators who are responsible for a lot of damage to livestock.
The website also aims to provide producers with guidelines and advice to apply predation management in a humanitarian and sustainable way, i.e. to apply integrated management. All interested parties in the agricultural industry are encouraged to visit the website -    
The brand new predation management manual is also available on the website. It is a one stop guide to help producers to manage their predator problem on farms within the framework of the provincial and national environment.

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