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South African Federation of Red Meat Producers Newsletter


RPO National and Provincial play an important role

The national RPO and the nine provincial RPO’s form the backbone of the RPO’s function of producer communication in terms of the statutory levy, said Gerhard Schutte, CEO of the national RPO at the meeting of the Federation of Red Meat Producers.

He said all of the nine provincial RPO’s have a Provincial Stock Theft Forum, while most have an Animal Health Forum, a Provincial Federation for Red Meat Producers and a Predation Management Forum. Individual projects are conducted by each provincial RPO to communicate with producers. This includes congresses, information days and carcass competitions.  Read more ...

Predation must be declared a national disaster

In the light of the huge financial losses stock farmers endure due to predation, there are continued efforts to declare predation as a national disaster, said Leon de Beer of the NWGA in the report of the Predation Management Forum (PMF).

He said other activities of the PMF include the development of the Best Practice for Predation Management in SA, monthly newsletters and research conducted through the RMRD-SA. Read more ...

Stock theft is the worst threat

“The South African farmer’s survival is threatened by various sources, but I am of the opinion that stock theft is the stock farmer’s worst threat,” said Jaco Maré, Chairman of the Stock Theft Prevention Forum at the meeting of the Federation of Red Meat Producers.

He said stock theft is out of control and the impact thereof on the sustainability of stock farming is very serious in most of our provinces. This crime, which has an impact on both the commercial and emerging farming sectors, has become a lucrative business operation.  Read more ...

Progress with PVS report

Adequate progress has been made by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) on the recommendations on the country’s Primary Veterinary Services (PVS) as made by the international organisation of animal health, the OIE.

According to a presentation delivered at the recent meeting of the Red Meat Industry Forum, this progress includes the following:  Read more ...
Federasie Meeting held on the 6th November 2014 at the Meat Science Institute, LNR, Irene

New Chairman elected for the Federation

At the Federation meeting held on 6 November 2014, a new Chairman was elected to chair the Federation for 2015.

The outgoing Chairman, dr Pieter Prinsloo from the RPO expressed his sincere thanks to the support he had from all members of the Federation during his term in office.  He said it was a privilege to be serve the primary red meat producers - both commercial and emerging.
Mr Paradise Mahlangu for NERPO was elected as the new chairman for 2015.

Federation must lobby for Land Reform

“It is imperative that the Federation of Red Meat Producers lobby for land reform, increased investment in the livestock sector and improvement of animal health care.”
At the same time, it is important to advocate for the protection of the red meat industry while farmer training and mentorship and the provision of information, have to be scaled up, said Dr Langelihle Simela, CEO of NERPO, who introduced a discussion point during the meeting of the Federation of Red Meat Producers. Read more ...

Trade of live animals poses risk

“The trade of live animals across countries bears the risk of transmitting animal diseases from the country of origin to populations of people or animals in the importing country,” said Bertus van Heerden of Agri Inspect at the meeting of the Federation of Red Meat Producers.

He said this risk covers the following main elements: hygiene of transports, animal identification and registration, veterinary inspection and quarantine.
According to Van Heerden it is a complex process to monitor the red meat industry. The average monthly value of transactions is R280 million. An average number of 682 transactions take place per month with a volume of 10 300 tonnes per month. The typical monthly weaner imports from Namibia is 14 000.
The following typical fraudulent behavior in terms of the importation of live sheep and goats from Namibia is investigated by Agri Inspect:
  1. Under declaration of the value of the product
  2. Under declaration of the volume of the product
  3. False declaration regarding the type of product
  4. False declaration regarding the end destination of the product
  5. False declaration regarding the origin of the product.

Opinion leaders the focus of Education campaign

The primary focus of Lamb & Mutton SA’s current educational campaign is opinion leaders and the secondary focus is consumers, said Prof Hettie Schönfeldt at the meeting of the Federation of Red Meat Producers.

She said it is an educational campaign translating current science into consumer friendly messages and include liaison, educational programmes as well as operational projects.
She outlined the future focus and lessons learnt from IMS 2014:
  1. Expand the Science and Knowledge Centre (RMRD-SA, IMS)
  2. Build deeper and more meaningful relationships (Popular bloggers)
  3. Focus on culinary development of young consumers (Industry-partnerships, social media)
  4. Embrace teachable moments (Social Media, especially focussed on recipes, convenience, indulgence).

Products released by OBP

Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) managed to produce and release before and during October nine of the twelve products, which were affected by the upgrading of OBP facilities, according to a press release by the OBP.
Since late September 2014, products such as African Horsesickness (AHS), Rift Valley fever (RVF) and Brucella S19 have been released steadily in small quantities weekly to cover the back-log. However, some difficulties remain which affect the expected delivery dates for B-Phemeral and Bluetongue (BT).  Read more ...
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