RPO holds congress
The RPOâ€™s national congress will take place on 16 and 17 August 2016 at the Khaya Ibhubesi Conference Centre in Parys.
Guest speakers at the event include Mr JP Landman, an independent analyst on political-economic trends, Mr Ernst Janovsky from ABSA, Dr Mike Modisane the President of the IOE, Mr Chris Sturgess from the Association of Futures Markets (AFM) JSE and Mr Alex Cilliers from GWK Meat.
Import regulations still in place
The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries did not recall the new import regulations which have been in place since 1 July 2016 for the importation of livestock from inter alia Namibia, according to the "Republikein".
This came after Landbouweekblad published an article claiming that the import regulations were recalled. Read more ...
Sodium reduction legislation amendment promulgated
The amendment to the Sodium Reduction Legislation R.214, contemplated as early as November 2015, will soon be promulgated for comment.
This amendment will firstly correct the SANS885 classes between Cured and Uncured processed meats which were transposed in the original legislation, and secondly increase the maximum allowable sodium levels to 1300mg from the 950mg in the original legislation.
The processing sector has been working towards this widely circulated amendment and therefore it was expected of the red meat industry that effective as from 1 July 2016, all products must comply with the maximum 1300mg sodium levels.
SOP for the imports finalised
The final Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the importation of cattle, sheep and/or goats for direct slaughter or feedlot purposes from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, has been finalised.
Now that the SOP has been finalised, importers of livestock for feedlot or direct slaughter purposes, will have the option of complying with the SOP in order to be eligible for the import requirements relevant to the specific purpose. The SOP will in no way be compulsory.
The document is available on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheriesâ€™ website.
Veggie burgers that bleed?
Protein is one of the few food groups that rarely get a bad rap. Unlike carbs and sugar, which has been under attack for some time now, protein is a necessary nutrient; it's associated with energy, muscle, weight management, and satiety.
Americaâ€™s love of protein hasnâ€™t changed much over the years. A 2015 survey conducted by the International Food Information Council found that 90% of respondents "strongly or somewhat agreed that it is important to get enough protein in their diet." Read more ...
Ten things you should know about African swine fever
The Animal Health Forum requested pig farmers to be on the alert for African Swine Fever (ASF). It is of the utmost importance not to feed pigs kitchen waste and to buy pigs only from reputable sources.
ASF is found in warthogs, bush pigs and other wild pigs in the ASF-controlled areas of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal and in other Southern African countries. Domestic and wild pigs and their products may not be removed from ASF-affected areas or countries because these are dangerous to pigs in the rest of South Africa. Read more ...
Veterinary strategy welcomed
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published a national Veterinary Strategy with the aim of preserving the health and welfare of South Africaâ€™s animals in order to produce enough food for the nation.
The national RPO congratulated the Department with this strategy. It will play an important role in ensuring the animal health status of the country and will also help to establish viable red meat exports. Read more ...
Local beef prices expected to rise
Internationally, beef supply shortages in New Zealand and Australia are currently driving prices, but this price support will be limited by higher expected beef production in the US, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Locally, prices are expected to start recovering in the coming weeks as warmer temperatures are approaching following cold temperatures during winter. Read more ...
Mutton prices to recover
Internationally, continued global international demand at the time of low supplies from both New Zealand and Australia will continue to support mutton prices, according to ABSA Agri Trends.
Local prices are expected to recover in the next few weeks as warmer temperatures are approaching. Read more ...
Lamb and Mutton SA â€œGood news storiesâ€ series
In a world filled with bad news and sadness, good news is like a sun beam, lighting up our day! Lamb and Mutton SA just launched a new Youtube series on â€œgood news storiesâ€ in the lamb and mutton meat value chain. Watch the first episode about proud producers and â€œLambassadorsâ€ who host the â€œSkaap en bier feesâ€ at â€œDe Oude Kraalâ€ here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daa53ISD8Ns