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Welcome to the January 2015 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter 

May Peace, Happiness and Prosperity be yours throughout 2015



OIE SATISFIED BY PROGRESS WITH FMD

A team from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) was encouraged by the progress made in the South African foot-and-mouth disease controlled areas.
 
South Africa hosted a team of experts from 30 November to 06 December 2014, according to a press release by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).  Read more ...

AUSTRALIESE VLEISBOERE KAN VOORDEEL TREK

Australiese melk- en vleisboere kan groot voordeel trek uit ‘n vryehandelsooreenkoms tussen hul regering en dié van China.

Alan Harman berig dat die ooreenkoms, wat albei lande onderneem het om aanstaande jaar te teken, sal Australiese sake-ondernemings ongekende toegang tot die wêreld se tweede grootste ekonomie gee. Die handel tussen die twee lande beloop R1 454 miljard en die ooreenkoms sal tariewe verlaag en handelsversperrings uit die weg ruim.  Lees meer ...

GWK VERKRY BELANG IN CAVALIER-GROEP

GWK Vleis het ‘n belang in die Cavalier-groep verkry. Dié stap vorm deel van GWK Beperk se strategie om stroomaf in die voedselwaardeketting te belê.
 
GWK Vleis is ’n vol-filiaal van GWK, die Suid-Afrikaanse landboumaatskappy met sy hoofkantoor op Douglas in die Noord-Kaap. GWK Vleis, met sy belange in bees- en skaapabattoirs, is `n groot rolspeler aan die voorsieningskant van die Suid-Afrikaanse vleisbedryf.  Lees meer ...

WHO IS THE ‘‘ANTI-MEAT FRONT’’?

By René Laporte, French agronomist and economist
The anti-meat front is not formally constituted in a unified, structured group, a new global and international NGO bearing the anti-meat message. Today only PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) could claim that role in the world.
 
Rather we are dealing with a galaxy of ‘‘animalitarian’’ and environmental causes, made up of a myriad of associations of various perspectives, each putting forward its views and arguments to challenge the production and human consumption of meat.     Their activists meet at major national and international events like the 2009 Copenhagen Summit on climate change to capture the attention of the media with their demands by forming collectives and alliances.
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BEEF EXPECTED TO TRADE UPWARDS

Internationally, beef prices are expected to trade upwards in the short term supported by continued growth in demand and by tight supplies in the market during this period, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
 
However, in New Zealand, supply is anticipated to build up and that should lead to a sideways movement in the medium term. Domestic beef prices are expected to trade sideways to higher, following seasonal trends and supported by good domestic demand at this time of the year especially with the festive season approaching. From January, we should expect to see pressured prices on the back of lower demand. Weaner prices are expected to also continue to move upwards in the short term with a sideways movement into the medium term due to higher demand.  Read more ...

MUTTON PRICES TO MOVE SIDEWAYS

Internationally, prices will continue to move sideways in the short term due to a slow start to the new season in New Zealand, the expected increase in supplies and the expected good demand during this period of the year, according to ABSA Agri Trends.

Australia on the other hand can expect higher prices in the New Year on the back of tighter supplies. Local prices are expected to move sideways to upwards through the next few weeks and start to move sideways to downward from January in line with seasonal trends. Improved demand during the festive holidays can support the prices. Consumers are normally pressured at the beginning of the year which leads to softer demand.  Read more ...



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VULTURES IN CRISES

Vultures all over the world are facing a crisis with food supply. South Africa is no exception with increasing signs that vultures are experiencing a food shortage.
 
Most recently, Kate Webster of the Cape Vulture in Crisis Project in the Eastern Cape was asked for assistance to prevent vultures from attacking sheep in the Dordrecht area. The livestock farmer expressed concern about a large flock of Cape Griffon Vultures that attacked his sheep and wanted advice on how to prevent this from happening.
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IMS NEWSLETTER, 31 OCTOBER 2014

With the good rains that fell in large parts of the country several reports of internal parasites were received, 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.

There were reports of roundworms and tapeworms, while flukes were also reported.
Animals that grazed in vlei areas during the winter where water bodies are prevalent may be infected with liver fluke. Signs of a liver fluke infestation are bottle jaw and anaemia. Immature conical flukes cause severe diarrhoea.
Numerous reports of measles and coccidiosis were received. External parasites reported were blue ticks, brown ear-ticks, bont-legged ticks, red-legged tick and paralysis ticks. Discuss the life cycles of these ticks and how to control them with your veterinarian, keeping in mind the selection for tick resistance.  Read more ...

Perspektief

Wat is die stand van denke oor residuele voerinname as seleksiemaatstaf?

Prestasievordering in Suid-Afrika is hoofsaaklik verkry deur rasvervanging, kruisteling en seleksie binne-ras, of ‘n kombinasie hiervan. Die primêre hulpmiddel vir vordering is prestasie-aantekening/meting. Doeltreffendheid van voerverbruik is die aangewese maatstaf om prestasievordering te evalueer, maar omdat voerinname nie altyd gemeet kan word nie, is dit grootliks vervang deur groeitempo in die vorm van GDT te meet, omdat daar ‘n noue verband is tussen doeltreffendheid van voerverbruik gemeet as voeromset en GDT.  Lees meer ...
 

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