SAMIC believes in outstanding service performance
â€œSAMIC believes in world class standards of quality audits, inspections and outstanding service performance,â€ says Mr Rudi van der Westhuizen, Executive Director in this organisationâ€™s annual report.
With the mandate by its shareholders, SAMIC maintained its independent status as auditor and inspection services. Read more ...
Symposium on beef production held
A symposium on beef production in warmer climates was recently presented by the ARC.
Topics that were highlighted includes breeding strategies to improve cow efficiency; adaption of farm animals to stressful environments; breeding and production strategies to support climate smart beef production; and opportunities and challenges for beef production in tropical and subtropical environments.
Brucellosis project launched
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has launched a project to control brucellosis.
Bovine brucellosis (contagious abortion) has been identified in the Veterinary Strategy (2016 -2026) as the model which will be implemented by all role players on how to control this severe zoonotic disease (disease transmitted from animal to human). If this is successful, the model will be used to control other important animal diseases.
It is in the interest of the country that this project succeeds. Advantages in controlling this disease are improved human and animal health, economic interests and international trade to name a few.
Animal welfare discussed
Various matters pertaining to animal welfare were discussed during the last meeting of the Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee (LWCC).
It was inter alia decided that a proper literature review will be undertaken on the subject of electrical immobilisation, because there are questions whether it should be allowed at all. The study will be conducted by a member of the Faculty of Veterinary Science. A comprehensive literature review is also going to be undertaken on the subject of shelter provision for ruminants. Read more ...
Lack of fences has serious implications
The implication of the lack of the livestock control fences were discussed during a meeting between representatives of the Animal Health Forum (AHF) and the Department of Public Works.
Mr Gerhard Schutte, on behalf of the AHF, outlined the economic risk if the livestock fence would remain at its current state.
The company Endecon Ubuntu (Pty) Ltd & DELTA BEC reported that they have already started working on the fence in 2013. Due to adding legal matters the progress is slow but moving. This project includes the maintenance and upgrade of the border fences between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and separately the Delta BEC working on the border fences between South Africa and Lesotho.
It was resolved that the AHF will be kept informed of all the progress being made on the fence.
Voermol farmer of the year to be appointed
The search for the Voermol National Cattle Farmer/Sheep Farmer of the Year has started.
The candidate must be a leading farmer in his area, must set an example for his/her peers and his/her management practices and results must serve as a benchmark.
Any farmer can be nominated as long as fellow farmers can identify with the candidate. The candidate must be willing to receive farmers on his farm and to present a farmersâ€™ day in cooperation with the organisations involved in the competition.
For an entry form and more information, contact Mr Hendrik van Pletzen at email@example.com or fax 051 4368576.
Task team should be appointed for GHG emissions
Agri SA should have a task team consisting of representatives of horticulture, grain crops and livestock which should drive the process of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction and liaise with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and the Department of Agriculture, (DAFF) and commodity organisations, as was recommended by the RPO.
Furthermore, the initiative of the DEA to develop a strategy for GHG emission reduction for the Agricultural, Forestry and other Land Use (AFOLU) sector should be done with the involvement of all stakeholders and role players. It is therefore recommended that Agri SA, through the task team, liaise with the DEA in order to table the implications and recommendations before finalising the Strategic Plan for the AFOLU sector. Read more ...
Be on the lookout for rabies
Rabies is not only a farm disease and it can affect anybody. Positive animals are regularly diagnosed in cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.
Rabies is one of the oldest diseases that annually causes the death of 60 000 people worldwide. Read more ...
Adhere to declaration of health
The Red Meat Industry Forum requested producers and livestock auctioneers to give attention to the requirement pertaining to a declaration of health in order to ensure the safety of red meat to the benefit of the industry.
Abattoir owners have a responsibility in terms of the regulations of the Meat Safety Act, Act 40 of 2000 to receive a declaration of health and origin by the owner of the slaughter stock. Read more ...
Internal parasite infestations still rife
Numerous reports of internal parasite infestations were received, according to the monthly disease reports as informally reported by veterinarians.
Wireworm and bankrupt worm infestations are an increasing problem in small stock along the Fish River in the Eastern Cape. Long-necked bankrupt worm infestation was reported from Darling. Small stock farmers should be aware of animals with signs of anaemia and bottle jaw. Read more ...
Warmer weather bodes well for beef demand
Internationally, volumes of lower priced competing proteins continue to weigh heavily on the market, placing pressure on end-user demand for beef. Lack of supplies in the biggest exporting nations eg. Australia and New Zealand is supportive to prices, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, prices are expected to start recovering in the coming weeks as warmer temperatures are approaching, which bodes well with demand for beef. Read more ...
Mutton prices expected to recover
Internationally, global mutton prices are expected to continue with its strength in response to tighter supplies. Local prices are expected to recover in the next few weeks as warmer temperatures are approaching, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Prices were very strong over the week of 23 August 2016 as warmer conditions are approaching, and are supportive to lamb and mutton demand. Read more ...