Welcome to the January 2018 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter
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Listeriosis: The facts

The Red Meat Industry Forum has taken note with concern of the outbreak of listeriosis as reported by the Department of Health on 5 December 2017 which could be misleading with the large number of photos of livestock portrayed in media coverage thereof.
Listeria monocytogenes is the primary cause of the illness called listeriosis. This bacterium is widely distributed in nature and has been found in soil, water, sewage, mud, silage and decaying vegetation. It has been isolated from humans, a wide variety of healthy and diseased animals and birds, animal products, fresh produce such as vegetables and fruit, food packaging and processing environments.  
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Animals may only be slaughtered at Abattoirs

In terms of the Meat Safety Act, Act 40 of 2000, the slaughter of animals at places other than abattoirs are prohibited, except for purposes of own use.
Furthermore, no person may permit the slaughter of any animal at any place under his or her control, unless the place is an abattoir; or sell or provide meat for human and animal consumption unless it has been slaughtered at an abattoir. The Act also determines that all meat must be approved for human consumption.

SAMIC announces new service fee

The South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC) announced its new service fee, which will be applicable from 1 January 2018.
SAMIC was appointed as assignee in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act, Act 119 of 1990, for the classification and marking of meat
The service fee was approved by the members of the Red Meat Industry Forum in respect of abattoirs that participate in the classification and marking of meat and entails the following:
Abattoir Grade
Service fee / Month
(VAT excluded)
High Throughput R 4,507.00
Low Throughput R 2,868.00

New minimum wage

According to the national minimum wage which commences in May 2018, farm workers will earn R3 576 per month (R18 per hour).
Workers in certain sectors such as agriculture, house workers and 12 other sectors already has minimum wages as well as minimum service requirements in place, but a universal minimum standard for all workers in South Africa is now established, according to Jahni de Villiers of Agri SA.
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Sunset review granted

The Department of Trade and Industry has granted a sunset review application the South African Poultry Association that the anti-dumping duties on certain poultry cuts from the United States be maintained.
After considering all interested parties’ comments, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa made a final determination that the expiry of the anti-dumping duties on frozen bone-in portions of fowls of the species gallus domesticus originating in or imported from the USA would likely lead to the recurrence of dumping and continuation or recurrence of material injury to the SACU industry. The dumping margin was determined based on facts available which is the information supplied by the applicant and contained in the application.
The Commission therefore made a final determination to recommend to the Minister of Trade and Industry that the anti-dumping duties on the subject product be maintained at 940c/kg for the following sub-tariff headings 0207.14.91, 0207.14.93, 0207.14.95, 0207.14.96, 0207.14.97, 0207.14.98 and 0207.14.99, which he accepted.

NAMC appoints new CEO

The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has appointed Mr Zama Xalisa as the new Chief Executive Officer on a five-year contract.
Prof PK Chauke, Council Chairperson, said the Board took into cognizance the importance of business continuity and stability in its decision to appoint Mr. Xalisa.
Zama previously served as Senior Manager; Agricultural Trusts at the NAMC, charged with the responsibility to oversee the performance and management of Agricultural Industry Trusts. He also played a formidable role in the establishment of Grain Farmers Development Association (GFADA) and the National Red Meat Development Programme (NRMDP). He chaired a number of Committees such as Strategic Integrated Project (SIP 11), AIMS, and AgriBEE Threshold Study to name but a few.


Profitability of a beef herd receiving different supplements.
Routine supplementation of beef cattle with crude protein (CP) and phosphorus (P) has been a practice for more than 50 years and one may argue that we have sufficient experience to know what is optimal. However, with advanced technologies, increased production stress to remain profitable and different veld types, it is important from time to time to re-evaluate and test whether the supplements are still adequate and, more importantly, provide support for profitable production.
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Source of Listeria outbreak investigated

The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said in a press release the source of the listeria outbreak is currently being investigated, and all the stakeholders are cooperating with the investigation led by the NICD.
Infection with listeria may result in the following three conditions :-
  • Flu like illness with diarrhoea including fever, general body pains, vomiting and weakness.
  • Infection of the blood stream which is called septicaemia.
  • Meningoencephalitis (infection of the brain).
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LITS reference published

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) published the terms of reference for the Livestock Identification and Traceability System South Africa committee.
The world organisation for animal health (OIE) recognises South Africa’s Chief Directorate of Animal Production and Health as the competent authority. During the animal identification, recording and traceability consultative workshop of 14 August 2017, DAFF and the livestock industry agreed to establish a public private/partnership to drive the implementation of a practical national system for livestock identification and traceability.
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Animal Health Forum meets with DAFF

An overview of the compulsory community services (CCS) of vets was one of the subjects discussed during the last meeting of the National Animal Health Forum and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
The meeting heard that placement of the CCS vets has already been done for 2019. The forum is pleased that, through some lessons learned, the programme has been successful. The programme is not just benefitting the people involved, but also for the broader food security for the country.
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Concern about live exports

The Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee (LWCC) expressed its concern about the exporting of live animals during its last meeting.
A document on livestock export standards by sea had already been placed on the LWCC website.
As far as the mulesing of sheep is concerned, it is expected that a court finding will be made that it is not acceptable in South Africa to mules sheep, even though it will not be a legally binding finding.
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Global protein to expand in 2018

Internationally, global animal protein is expected to expand in 2018, which may add pressure to meat prices. In the short term, strong market demand may continue to add support to prices, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Domestically, the outlook for livestock prices remains bullish in line with increased spending going into the festive season.

New Zealand steers traded mostly lower over the week of 7 December 2017 at 1.41% lower 5.58NZ$/kg and cows traded 1.59% lower at 4.33NZ$/kg compared to the previous week. In the US, beef prices for the week were mostly lower as follows: Topside traded 4.78% lower at $205.99/cwt. Rump was 1.53% lower at $302.51/cwt and strip loin was 10.08% lower at $467.08/cwt. Chuck traded 3.33% lower at $211.08/cwt. Brisket traded 0.09% lower at $221.09/cwt. The carcass equivalent price was 4.95% lower at $267.01cwt.
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Global lamb inventory is low

Internationally, low levels of global lamb inventory are expected to support strong prices in 2018, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, the overall outlook for lamb and mutton points to strong prices as improved seasonal demand and the warmer temperatures are supportive to outdoor grilling. Prices are to be supported by increased buying during the festive season.

New Zealand lamb prices traded lower during the week of 7 December 2017 compared to the previous week. Lamb prices closed 1.38% lower at NZ$106.9/head for 15kg lamb. Lamb prices were 1.38% lower at NZ$149.6/head for 21kg lamb. Ewe prices traded 2.03% lower at NZ$101.3/head for a 21kg ewe.
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