Welcome to the September 2017 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter
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International Rural Crime Conference hosted

The first ever international rural crime conference will be hosted in South Africa as a joint enterprise by UNISA (School for Criminal Justice) and organised agriculture (Agri SA, TAU-SA, RPO and AFASA) on 27 September 2017 at the Royal Elephant Lodge and Conference Centre in Centurion.
The theme of the Conference is "The Challenges of Rural Crimes Affecting Agriculture". International keynote speakers to deliver papers at the Conference are
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New OBP council welcomed

The national RPO welcomes the appointment of a new Council for Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP).
The RPO earlier requested the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries not only to appoint the new council, but also to appoint a Chief Executive Officer for the OBP, as well as the recruitment and appointment of the necessary professional staff.
The RPO is of the opinion that OBP is a national asset and as such should be protected. The primary red meat industry supports the operation of OBP as some vaccines are only produced by OBP, which are of strategic importance of the livestock industry in South Africa and Africa.
The past year the red meat industry experiences a lot of problems due to a lack of OBP vaccines.

ALFA 2017

The ALFA show will this year be held from 12 to 14 September 2017 at the Afridome, Parys.
Both the RPO as well as the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum will be at ALFA.  The SAPS Stock Theft Unit, together with the Stock Theft Forum will exhibit a real stock theft crime scene that will be very interesting.
Members are invited to visit both the stands.
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Amendments to the beef carcass contract

The JSE is proposing to settle the Beef Carcass contract using purchase prices instead of selling prices.

When the JSE introduced the Beef Carcass contract on 14 December 2015, it resolved to use selling prices received from contributing abattoirs to settle the Beef Carcass contract at expiration. These selling prices, by definition, are the prices at which abattoirs sell their meat to the wholesalers and meat processors, and exclude the fifth quarter.

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RMIF office bearers re-elected

The following office bearers and committee members were unanimously re-elected to serve the red meat industry for another year during the recent annual general meeting of the Red Meat Industry Forum held held in Pretoria:
Messrs Dave Ford (Chairman), Tim Davidson (Vice-chairman), Georg Southey and Gerhard Schutte were re-elected to the Management Committee. Messrs Barry Swart and Andrew Cocks were elected to the Levy Committee, which also fulfil the roll of Compliance Committee for the RMIF.

AIRT workshop held

An animal identification, recording and traceability (AIRT) consultative workshop recently took place in Pretoria.
According to representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries there are no traceability only from the various agricultural industries and animal identification and traceability are fragmented. A public-private partnership would be the ideal in this regard. The first step will be to establish a policy on animal identification, recording and traceability.

Beware of Johne’s disease

Farmers must make sure they do not buy in animals which are infected with Johne’s disease because in some cases positive animals do not show any clinical signs, according to the monthly report on livestock disease trends as informally reported by veterinarians belonging to the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa.
Johne’s disease  is a disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacteirum avium subsp. Paratuberculosis.
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Draft framework for Johne’s disease

A draft Johne’s disease management framework was proposed by the red meat industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) support all industry driven initiatives to curb the spread of the disease.
The following points will form the basis for the decision on the control of Johne’s disease in future.
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What can farmers do to limit the carbon footprint?
In the August Newsletter I discussed the position of Organised Agriculture on carbon tax and offset schemes and indicate to the reader how we intend communicating the position to government. I will keep you in the loop on progress. In this contribution though, I want to address the responsibility of farmers to commit themselves to limiting the on-farm carbon footprint. I think a commitment is necessary as a principle to contribute to ‘saving the planet’ (the climate change issue), but also to support government in their efforts to reduce carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere.
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Predation Management Information Centre

The PMF Management Information Centre are located at the University of the Free State under guidance of Prof HO de Waal.  The Information centre is operational and important information regarding predation are processed.  Producers are encouraged to actively engage with the Centre.  The contact details are as follows :-
Email :
Tel : 051 401 2210
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Proposed bill supported

Agri SA commented on the draft National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill and in general supports the proposed amendment.
However, a difficulty arises in instances where multiple properties are for practical purposes served by a single break.
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Predation projects completed

Red Meat Research and Development SA (RMRD-SA) gave feedback on the predation projects which are financed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
It includes a scientific assessment of livestock predation in South Africa. It is anticipated that the final PredSA document and guidelines for policy makers will be available by April 2018. The progress on the project can be followed on the website
The project on the impact of predation on wildlife is completed and the thesis is available online via a link to the UFS website,
The project, jackal ecology on reserves and farms has been successfully completed and all aims reached. The Karoo predator project has also been completed.

New acting CEO for SAPA

The Board of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has appointed Dr Charlotte Nkuna as acting Chief Executive Officer in the place of Mr Kevin Lovell, who has stepped down.
SAPA continues to be relevant to current conditions in the industry, including trade matters such as dumping and cheap imports, diseases like the recent H5N8 avian influenza outbreak, the drought and its effect on the poultry industry, as well as market demand issues of concern to producers and consumers.

Compensation questionnaire circulated

The Compensation Committee, which was formed after discussions between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the national Animal Health Forum, decided that a questionnaire needs to be circulated to the different Industry representatives to gain specific inputs to be incorporated into a draft general compensation policy document.
This questionnaire calls for specific inputs from each respective industry to aid the Director when considering which controlled animal diseases have to be controlled through eradication (slaughter) and how to compensate for these instances
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RPO comments on draft feeds bill

The RPO, in its comments on the proposed Feeds Bill expressed its viewpoint that only persons that manufacture food on farms and sells the feed commercially need to obtain a license for the facility.
The Department is expected to soon institute a revised Feed Bill to ensure better control over the quality of feed fed to meat producing animals.

Beef prices remains strong

Internationally, the boosts to US trade from a weaker dollar and growing consumption in East Asia, particularly China, continue to support beef prices, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Domestically, beef prices may gain support from increased demand during month end.
New Zealand steers traded sideways over the week of 25 August 2017 at 5.46NZ$⁄kg and cows traded sideways at 4.33NZ$⁄kg compared to the previous week.
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Global lamb prices are high

Internationally, lamb prices are high in the global market, which may start to weigh on consumer demand, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, lamb and mutton prices may gain support from increased buying associated with the end of the month.
New Zealand lamb prices traded higher during the week of 25 August 2017 compared to the previous week.
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Lamb and Mutton SA, proud partner in the 2017 Shisanyama Festival”

Red meat is one of the main ingredients for any festivity in any South African culture. Therefor Lamb and Mutton SA is a proud partner in this year “Shisanyama Festival” held in KZN  the 2nd of September. It’s going to be a day of good fun, music and very good meat! The 5 winning restauarants from the “Shisanyama awards” will each be hosting a pop-up restaurant at the even, serving meat cooked on an open fire! The star of their menus will be their best selling lamb and mutton dish. Keep your eyes on the Lamb and Mutton SA facebook page, “Healthy Meat- by Lamb and Mutton SA” to see what lambtastic things are happening at this festival! Read the full press release HERE.
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