Welcome to the October 2016 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter
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Further price increases expected

For this year, further increases in meat prices of between 9 and 15% are expected, says Mr Gerhard Schutte, Chief Executive Officer of the national Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (RPO).
Year-on-year the South African producer price of Grade A beef has now risen with 8.1% and is currently R38,56, excluding VAT. The year-on-year increase for South African lamb was 9% and is currently R63,76, excluding VAT. Traditionally, producer prices increases from now up until the festive season. Increases which are somewhat above inflation are expected to occur in 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Read more ...

PMF meets

Predator control in Nature Reserves were one of the matters discussed during the last meeting of the Predation Management Forum (PMF).
Provincial legislation prohibits the control of predation in nature reserves, which seems to be a breeding ground for jackal. The problem is experienced in the Free State and the Eastern Cape, where huge losses are experienced because of non-existence of electrified fencing.  Read more ...

Brine regulations going ahead

Regulations capping the brining of chicken at 15% will step in on October 22, after the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, turned down an application to overturn or suspend these regulations.
The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) turned to court as it questioned on what scientific basis the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries decided that frozen chicken could only be injected with up to 15% brine.  Read more ...

The biggest promo trends of 2016

The PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) Expo, held annually in Las Vegas, is the world’s biggest expo of promo merchandise and branding strategies.
According to the PPAI the big trends of 2016 has so far been the following.
Cheap isn’t enough
We’re not saying that finding a good old cheap and cheerful promo product to give out as a branded gift is a total no-no. But more and more, people are moving away from responding to merchandise that feels like the brand in question has just slapped its logo on any old thing.  Read more ...

Brucellosis is the number one infectious disease

The number one infectious disease in South Africa is brucellosis and an action plan driven by the Brucellosis Steering Committee of the National Animal Forum is currently being conducted, according to the monthly disease reports as informally reported by veterinarians.
Brucellosis isn’t a simple disease and can slowly eat away at the productivity of your herd. Here are a dozen things that are important for you to know about this disease:
  1. It is a controlled animal disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, a disease which causes chronic disease and there is no treatment to cure it in cattle.  Read more ...

Local beef prices will follow upward trend

Internationally, the US market is expected to remain weak in coming months as domestic production continues to increase, but the expected lower steer and heifer slaughter during the third quarter will ease the pressure, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, prices are expected to follow an upward trend due to improvement in demand during the warmer months.  Read more ...

Mutton prices supported by seasonal trends

Internationally, the global market prices appear to have reached a stable level currently, and are expected to trade sideways, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Local prices are expected to be supported in line with seasonal trends. Prices are expected to peak towards the festive season.  Read more ...

More than a chop

Everybody loves a lamb chop on the braai, but we also know it can be the most expensive lamb cut when you buy it from a retailor. Lamb and Mutton SA is on a mission to inform consumers that lamb meat is so much more than chops and leg of lamb. They recently featured a full page infographic in the “Weg” and “Go” magazines as well as the Agri Eco insert in community newspapers, called “So much more than a chop”. This information goes hand in hand with a new recipe category, “More than a chop” on their website Please have a look at these recipes and let us know if you have a nice recipe featuring one of these “alternative cuts”
The  digital version of the Red Meat/Rooivleis magazine available on

Executive for RMIF announced

The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) announced at its Annual General Meeting that Mr Dave Ford, Executive Director of the South African Feedlot Association was re-elected unopposed as chairman of the RMIF for the year August 2016 to July 2017.

Mr Tim Davidson was re-elected as Vice-chairman, while Mr Georg Southey and Mr Gerhard Schutte were elected onto the Management Committee of the RMIF.  Read more ...

Meat consumption expanded

Over the past decade, meat consumption in South Africa expanded rapidly as a result of growing income levels, continued urbanisation, rising living standards and ever increasing dietary diversity, according to the latest baseline report of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP). 
As the most affordable source of animal protein, poultry consumption in particular increased by almost 50%, compared to a 19% and 33% increase in beef and pork consumption respectively.  Read more ...


The Large Stock Unit (LSU) in use as standard to estimate grazing capacity or stocking rate was developed more than 30 years ago (see the 1983 publication in the Reference list below). Although the principles on which the LSU is based are sound, it is likely that the body weights and/or frame sizes of some breeds might have changed. Also, at the time, in the case of beef breeds the Sanga types, such as the Nguni were not as prominent as today and in fact not even categorized.  At the time, the breeds categorized as small frame were:  Aberdeen Angus, Afrikaner, Beef Shorthorn, Galloway, Hereford and North Devon; medium frame: Bonsmara, Brahman, Brown Swiss, Drakensberger, Pinzgauer, Red Poll and Sussex; large frame: Charolais, Simmentaler and South Devon.    Read more ...


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