Welcome to the June 2018 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter
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Cancer is caused by a lot of factors

Alcohol, processed meat products and sugar consumption increase risk for cancer, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) third expert report, “Diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer: A global perspective.”
This report provides a comprehensive analysis, using the most meticulous of methods, of the worldwide body of evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity, and presents the latest global cancer prevention recommendations. It also ensures that people are equipped with the knowledge needed to prioritise cancer prevention and reduce the number of deaths from preventable cancers.

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Agricultural sector saves country from recession

“The agricultural sector has not only managed to grow in the past year, it also pulled the country out of a technical recession.”
This was despite the fact that the sector was only allocated R6 807 billion in 2016, one percent lower than this year”, said Mr Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in his budget speech in Parliament.
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Land reform: Red Meat Producers’ position outlined

The national RPO outlined the position of the red meat producers on land reform and section 25 of the Constitution in a presentation to the Constitutional Review Committee on the amendment of section 25.
In relation to past policies and practices the RPO acknowledge that the patterns of landholding and use are inequitable, unjust and contribute to deep-seated poverty and inequality in general; and involve woman in particular.
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Cases of rift valley fever confirmed in sheep

Rift Valley Fever has been confirmed at one farm in the Jacobsdal area in the Free State, according to a press release by the Red Meat Industry Forum.

So far, it is the only farm reported to be affected and further investigations are being carried out by the local veterinary services.

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Availability of OBP products

Onderstepoort Biological Products confirmed that the following products are currently available:
Vaccinations against Gallsickness, Antharax, Black Quarter, Blue Tongue, Botulism, B-Phermal 10 dose, Brucella, Calf Paratyphoid, Coryne, E. Coli, Heartwater, Leukopast, Lumpy Skin Disease and Orf are available in different doses.

Movement of wild pigs to be controlled

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ directorate of animal health published a draft Veterinary Procedural Notice (VPN) for African swine fever (ASF) control in South Africa.
In terms of the draft VPN the movement of live warthog, bushpig and wild pig carcasses and products is controlled when moving within, into and out of any area of the Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng (Regulation 20). It entails inter alia that prior to movement of live wild pigs the animals to be moved are to be individually identified and subject to testing for ASF, with negative results.  
Furthermore all movements of live wild pigs require the animals to be treated for external parasites prior to movement and all movements of live wild pigs require a Red Cross permit issued by the State Veterinarian responsible for the area of origin.

Parasites increase

With the good rains that fell in large parts of the country several reports of internal parasites were received, according to the monthly report on livestock disease trends as informally reported by veterinarians belonging to the Ruminant Veterinary Association of South Africa (RuVASA), a group of the South African Veterinary Association.
Farmers should use the five point check to keep on top of what is happening in the flock. For further detail contact your local veterinarian. Hopefully the cold weather will decrease infestation rates of wireworm.
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Alternative approaches to parasite control: Outcomes of a workshop.
For years parasite control in ruminants has largely been by chemotherapeutic means. Being primarily successful and with the development of anthelmintics and other drugs in the private domain, there was little incentive in the public sector, including the UP Veterinary Faculty at Onderstepoort, to do dedicated research in this discipline; the consequence being a decline in capacity and aging of knowledgeable scientists.
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Commercial and emerging farmers must work together

“Sustainable partnerships with a win-win outcome between commercial and emerging farmers are imperative in order to realise the potential of the agricultural sector and our country”, said Mr Sfisio Buthelezi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) during the budget vote.
He said commercial and emerging farmers, government and other organised farming organisations must realise that the sustainability and progress cannot be achieved in isolation. Working together is not an option but a must.
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Cleaver awards announced

The best butcheries both nationally and regionally were recently announced at the 13th Cleaver Awards, which are proudly supported by Freddy Hirsch. 
Launched in 2005 to meet the needs of the consumer by raising standards amongst butcheries, these awards have time and time again proven to do just that, with feedback from consumers showing that the majority perceive the Cleaver Awards to be a seal of approval, most importantly because a butchery cannot enter themselves, they have to be nominated by their customers.
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A British campaign launched to stop live exports

According to an opinion article in "The Independent", you don’t have to be vegan, vegetarian or even particularly attuned to animal welfare to be sickened by live exports. They involve some of the most protracted cruelty ever dreamed up by man. 
It is not a glamorous issue, perhaps, but it is one we should all care about, in view of the undeniable mass suffering caused. 
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Local beef carcass prices will remain elevated

Internationally, US prices may gain support in the medium term as relatively strong demand is expected to absorb expected increases in supplies, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, the lower feed price together with the lack of weaner calves to rebuild the national herd in the medium term may result in carcass prices to remain elevated for a long time period to come.
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Global supplies of sheep meat remains tightInternationally, market conditions continue to support prices, due to tight global supplies, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, it can be expected that prices may trade sideways to lower due to limited demand during mid-month.
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Lamb and Mutton SA educates consumers on portion sizes

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) released their third expert report, “Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective on the 24th of March 2018. The advice with regards to red meat consumption is not to completely avoid eating fresh red meat but to restrict consumption to 350-500g cooked red meat a week. Lamb and Mutton SA is doing its part by educating consumers on the nutritional contribution of different lamb retail cuts. This June they have a digital campaign on portion sizes on the Men’s Health website and a full page infographic the Woolworths taste magazine. In July this campaign will feature in the Weg and Go magazines and in August in the Pick ‘n Pay Fresh living and “Kook en Kuier” magazines. Click here to see their infographic on lamb portion sizes (attached pdf).

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