Draft on traceability developed
A team representative of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and provincial veterinarians is working on a draft policy on traceability, it was heard at the last meeting of the Animal Health Forum (AHF).
he team is looking at the possibility of using integers as the first option and later building thereon. The second option is to buy a new system all together. The third option is to do nothing, thus maintaining the status quo. Read more ...
Spitbraai for the novice and the master
Sheep and Mutton SA introduced a brochure on spitbraai during the recent Stella Feast. It contains a set of simple steps for the novice and the master on a successful spitbraai
he RPO together with Sheep and Mutton SA was involved in the recent Spitbraai Competition held in Stella, North West. The RPO was the main sponsor of the prizes at the competition. Read more ...
Namibia is looking for new export markets
Namibia is even looking at Saudi Arabia for new export markets for their stock, said Paul Strydom, General manager of the Namibian Meat Board.
heir vision for the red meat industry is the marketing of prestigious, high quality meat products and a search for new export markets for meat and live animals, Strydom said at the annual general meeting of the Namibia Livestock Producers’ Organisation (LPO).
Trade agreements already exist with the European Union, Norway, South Africa, Angola and other African countries. New markets are investigated in America, Russia, China and Hong Kong.
Namibia is also looking for new markets for their weaner calves as well as an alternative market for goats. The possibility was investigated to feed own weaner calves, but that would be too expensive. However, the extension of Meatco’s feedlots is a possibility, as well as the growing of weaner claves on irrigated, planted pastures in the Caprivi.
The latest on FMD
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has recently submitted the fourth update for the year on the country’s Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) status to the international organisation for animal health, the OIE.
he Department had to provide assurances that everything is under control. Ndumo Nature Reserve had been tested and it was confirmed that there was no circulating virus. Tembe Elephant Park was surveyed and confirmed FMD free. Dr Maja had a meeting with Mozambique and they were confident that they did not have FMD. Read more ...
Smuggling of game from the neighbouring countries condemned
The national RPO strongly condemns the two incidents of illegal smuggling attempts of sable from Zimbabwe and Zambia which occurred in the past three weeks.
ot only is such lawless behaviour unacceptable, it also poses a big risk for the local red meat industry because of the possibility of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) being brought into the country. Read more ...
Predation Management Information centre to be established
The Predation Management Forum (PMF) called on academic institutions with the appropriate profile, managerial skills, institutional capacity, human resource capacity, research expertise and infrastructure to submit an expression of interest in establishing a Predation Management Information Centre (PMIC) to service the needs of the PMF.
he Predation Management Forum provides a platform for liaison and coordination of activities of commodity organisations in the livestock and game ranching sectors, aimed at reducing losses incurred as a result of predation by means of ecologically and ethically acceptable methods which protect the biodiversity of South Africa.
PMF members expressed the desire to have a coordination structure to ensure scientific, responsible and ecologically sustainable predation management in South Africa by establishing the Predation management Information Centre (PMIC).
The PIMC shall ideally be situated at an accredited academic/research institution with a department that is well versed in the interface between agriculture and the natural environment with a team of staff (academic staff and students) that are able to manage requests for information and support on predation management from livestock and wildlife farmers.
RMIF wants to discuss measures
The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) requested a meeting with the Deputy Director General of Economic Development, Trade and Marketing in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to discuss various sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) matters affecting among others the red meat industry
his follows after the Deputy Director General has been closely involved over the last couple of months in discussions with the United States (US) regarding these matters. These discussions took place within the context of South Africa’s efforts to maintain its position as beneficiary under AGOA. Read more ...
Now is the time to export beef
Now is the time to establish South Africa as a beef exporting country. The opportunity has never been this great, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
he international herd of beef is declining. Globally, reproductive cows needs less expensive and extensive grazing. Their productivity is simply too low to justify intensive feeding systems while urban expansion and infrastructure developments threaten natural grazing.
:country-region>’s efforts to maintain its position as beneficiary under AGOA. Read more ...
International demand for mutton strengthens
Internationally, the demand for mutton from the Chinese market has strengthened, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
utton prices are expected to increase due to improved demand in the market and as processors are buying for Christmas trade and the Chinese are preparing for their New Year in February. Locally, prices are expected to trade higher in line with seasonal trends. Read more ...
LAMB on the SPIT IS KING
At STELLA BEEF FESTIVAL
n the North West Province, Stella Beesfees is
definitely one of the biggest attractions held annually (31 years continuous). The festival contributes to the local community's economic growth and motivation. The festival took place from 22 to 24 October 2015. This year, 24 teams from across South Africa (and even as far as the Congo!) tested their spitbraai ability at one of the largest (if not the largest) spitbraai-competitions in the world! Read more ...
AgriExpo WES-KAAP - Okt 2015
uring the month of October the RPO was invited to contribute by having a stall as part of the school programme at the yearly expo hosted by AgriExpo on the Sandringham farm in the Western Cape. Read more ...
The ultimate lamb on a spit!
amb and Mutton South Africa pride themselves on developing educational material. Over the last years Lamb and Mutton South Africa have created leaflets, booklets and flyers reaching from recipe books to informative books aimed at doctors. The newest addition to the family is the “Secrets for the ultimate lamb on the spit”. This bright and flamboyant leaflet has already made its mark at the Stella Meat festival which was held at the end of October in the North-West province. Read more ...