Welcome to the January 2017 issue of the Red Meat Producers Organisation's Newsletter
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The National RPO wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year.  May you have a prosperous 2017

Animal health forum looks at antibiotic resistance

The issue of antibiotic resistance had been broadly discussed during the last meeting of the national Animal Health Forum (AHF).  
The main concern is that there is currently no centralised point from where the findings on antibiotic resistance can be shared. At present, this is a shared responsibility between the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and the Department of Health. Serious consultation is needed regarding who should drive the process. Read more ...

Training continues

The RPO identified a need for training in the primary producer segment and envisioned to train and develop approximately 170 emerging/communal farmers per year.   
The training is scheduled and coordinated through the RPO regional offices, in co-ordination with NERPO. The training is presented by the Institute for Production Development, a training affiliate of the RPO focusing on training of RPO farm employees.  Read more...

Game meat regulations welcomed

The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) welcomes the proposed game meat regulations as published in the Government Gazette of 4 November 2016.
The RMIF was party to urgent appeals for the publication of game meat regulations on behalf of the entire red meat industry as the welfare of the consumer is paramount and safety standards to be complied with, must be applicable to the meat of all species, including game meat. Read more ...

ARC vision 2050 not supported

Red Meat Research & Development SA, in its comments on the ARC Vision 2050 document, said it cannot support the document in its present form.
Red Meat Research & Development SA feels this document represents the view of the ARC. It would have been of more value should the ARC have followed a bottom-up approach instead of the top-down one. It is very difficult to comment on a given document which already had been launched.  Read more...

Modern consumers like their beef with adjectives

Beef labels such as free range, grass-fed, Angus, rare breed, omega 3 enriched, dry aged and free from antibiotics or hormones, present a marketing advantage, said David Hughes, emeritus professor of food marketing at the imperial college in London at the global conference on sustainable beef recently held in Banff.  
Chicken and fish are more popular because they are cheaper, relegating beef to a minority meat position. “Beef and lamb are in the minority meats, but the good news is they are premium meats,” Hughes said. 
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Use antibiotics responsibly

The animal health industry provides value to society by protecting animals and as a consequence, humans, from disease, according to Health-for-Animals, a non-profit, non-governmental organisation representing manufacturers of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and other animal health products throughout the world.
Antibiotics not only cure bacterial diseases in people, they also cure bacterial diseases in animals. In doing so, they help fulfil our moral obligation to the animals in our care. Antibiotics have a role to play in sustainable livestock production by preventing waste and inefficiencies caused by disease, and help provide a safe supply of food from healthy animals.  Read more...

Fatty foods can make you healthier

Eating fatty foods such as buttercheese and red meat can improve our health, an international study has found.

A diet full of natural saturated fats and low in carbohydrates was found to make overweight middle-aged men slimmer and healthier. Researchers also saw reduced blood pressure and glucose levels, which are associated with a lower risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. Read more ...


Beef price will be stable in 2017

Internationally, market demand is still under pressure from rapid growth in US domestic supplies, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Domestically, higher slaughtering into the festive season is expected to be met by strong demand, which will support prices into the new year.  Read more ...

Improved demand will support mutton prices

Internationally, improvement in demand into the festive season may see solid pricing for lamb and mutton products, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
 Additional demand from China is expected to continue after the new year. Local prices may be supported into the new year due to improved demand in line with seasonality.  Read more ...



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Cattleman Conference presented in 2017

The 35th Annual Conference of the feedlot industry will be held on 8 and 9 March 2017.
The dynamic feedlot Industry has to readily adapt to fast changing political, economic and production environments which are continuously placing increased financial pressure on the industry. The theme of the conference will be “2018 and Beyond”.
The presentations have been carefully selected to provide a wide spectrum of topics that are very relevant to the feedlot operating environment at this time by speakers who have excelled in their fields.

Numerous cases of diarrhoea

Numerous reports were received, especially from the Free State, of lambs and calves dying and numerous animals with clinical signs of diarrhoea, 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.

Samples were sent away for diagnosis and rapid tests were used on the farm. It seems that Cryptosporidium spp., E.coli, rotavirus, coronavirus, clostridial spp (especially Clostridium perfringens type A) and Salmonella serotypes played a role in the disease complex.  Read more...

#Fees must fall has no impact on the new part time Diploma in Animal Production

The Red Meat Producer Organisation developed the Diploma in Animal Production (SAQA id 49011, 249 credits)  which is now  presented on  part time basis in 12 study school sessions over an 18 month period. 
The Diploma is offered by the reputable  BathoPele Agri Development Institute who has been specializing in Agri Education for more than 15 years. Hence, no disruptions in registration and class due to #Fees must fall and quality education guarenteed!!


What does the LSU and carbon storage have in common?
Veld management in South Africa is guided by grazing capacity and stocking rate relative to a defined standard, the Large Stock Unit (LSU). All districts have DAFF approved grazing capacities described in hectare per LSU. However, individual farms per district may differ in grazing capacity from the approved because of differences in local plant cover, species composition and veld condition. To maximize grazing capacity, veld condition should be optimum with regard to plant cover, species composition and restoration of bare patches and eroded areas. Optimum veld condition is what every farmer should strive for to maintain sustainability. This principle, however, is as important for carbon storage.  Read more ...

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