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RPO Executive Council Convenes In Pretoria
The Executive Council of the national RPO recently convened in Pretoria, where various important matters were discussed.
atters discussed include the following :-
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- The Executive Council took note of the fact that the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries met with a delegation of the South African Poultry Association to discuss the amendments to the poultry meat regulations regarding control over the sale.
New leaders for 2016 announced
The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) council members at its recent AGM elected its new office bearers.
he appointments signal continuity as Mr Dave Ford was unequivocally re-elected as Chairman, Mr Tim Davidson (National Federation of Meat Traders representative) was re-elected as Vice-Chairman and Mr Gerhard Schutte (Red Meat Producers’ Organisation Small Stock representative) would continue to serve as management committee member. Read more ...
WRSA Condemns attempted smuggling of Sable
Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) has noted with dismay that six South Africans and one Zimbabwean have been arrested for attempting to smuggle 12 antelope from Zambia into South Africa.
ive of the 12 sable have since died due to heat stress after the attempt. The previous month, three South Africans were arrested in Zimbabwe for attempting to smuggle 29 sable across the border without permits. Read more ...
Concern about fences
The national RPO requested the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to urgently investigate red line fences in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal.
he RPO is very protective of South Africa's current FMD zone free status, the advantages thereof and the export opportunities for the red meat industry. The organisation is therefore very concerned about the current state of fences. The fences are in a very poor condition with unrestricted movement of livestock.
The RPO offered its support to any actions the Department may take in this regard and requested that feedback be given at the National Animal Health Forum meeting scheduled for 4 December 2015.
The RPO has in the recent past received a number of enquiries regarding the current status of the South African border fences with neighbouring countries as well as red line fences.
Specialist Prosecutors out of the question
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) does not have the capacity to dedicate a portion of its prosecutors in each division to concentrate solely on stock theft, as requested by the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum.
ccording to a letter by the NPA, the focus was shifted to empower the prosecutors by providing much needed training in stock theft and related cases. For the past few years, several prosecutors attended an annual training course on stock theft matters.
The interest in this training has recently escalated to such a degree that the facilitators had to accommodate the prosecutors in two separate courses that were held in Pretoria and Durban. A total of 60 prosecutors attended the training sessions.
The NPA takes cognizance of the magnitude and impact that stock theft has on the South African community and stock farmers alike and remains committed in fighting the scourge of stock theft.
SA needs a Pounds Act
It came to the attention of the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) that the absence of a national Pounds Act in South Africa is a matter of great concern due to abuse of people within the industry and the value chain.
his matter needs urgent attention, the NSTPF said in a letter to the Deputy-director General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The NSTPF in May 2013 commented on the national Animal Pounds Bill in response to the General Notice, Notice 398 of 2013, which was gazetted on 18 April 2013. The new proposed Animal Pounds Act was evaluated against the previous comments and it needs to be mentioned that the current proposed Act is much improved. The NSTPF therefore requests that the Department gives urgent attention for the publication, finalisation and implementation of the new proposed Act.
Red Meat and Cancer
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published their evaluation of red and processed meat on October 26, 2015 in the British Medical journal The Lancet Oncology. It states that “Red meat contains high biological value proteins and important micronutrients such as B vitamins, iron (both free iron and haem iron), and zinc” says Prof Hettie Schönfeldt of the University of Pretoria.
n response, the Cancer Research UK pointed out that the IARC isn’t saying that eating red and processed meat as part of a balanced diet causes cancer - no single food causes cancer. Nor is it saying it’s as dangerous as smoking. The IARC itself has said that the risk from processed meat and red meat remains small. Read more ...
Look out for this stock thief
The National Livestock Theft Prevention Forum warned red meat producers, abattoirs, auctioneers and transporters of livestock against the committing of stock theft from within correctional centers.
urrently there are eleven livestock theft and one fraud case under investigation against a prisoner who is serving a sentence in corrections for livestock theft and most of these cases are currently on trial. The prisoner started around 2013 with his whole action to commit livestock theft from inside correctional centers and has never ever since stopped with this activity. The crimes are normally committed with illegal cell phones which he obtains as contraband to commit the offences. Various efforts have been made by the authorities to stop the malpractice without any success. Read more ...
Killing and kidnapping of stock thieves condemned
The National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) has taken notice of the fact that ten suspects were recently arrested for murder, two counts of attempted murder and kidnapping.
his comes after a farm owner, his wife, his friends and four farm workers at Soutpanfontein near Stella allegedly assaulted three men with knobkerries and pouring them with hot water over their bodies. Read more ...
Limited International hike in Beef Prices expected
Internationally, soft wholesale prices, the strong dollar and the heavy cattle continue to weigh on the market. Ample supplies going into 2016, together with beef imports will likely limit price increases, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
ocally, the talk among the livestock world has been the dry conditions which have been taking a toll on livestock producers. The recent forecast rains might not lead to much improvement due to extremely low soil moisture, unless if there are follow up widespread rains moving forward. Read more ...
International market well supplied with mutton
Internationally, it seems the mutton market is well supplied, which might weigh down on prices; however rains in Australia bring about an opportunity for prices to be supported, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
ocally, the market will continue to look at rain forecasts closely, hoping for continued widespread rains which are needed to revive pasture. Read more ...
Lardus van Zyl (RPO) receiving sponsorship from Mr Mark Barlow (Voermol)
Farewell to Mr Hans van der Merwe, Designated Chief Executive Officer of Agri SA