Johann Kotzé talks about 2020
SAPPO is exited about 2020 and is looking forward to serve the pork industry with passion, integrity and professionalism. In his first interview with SAPPO News this year he speaks about challenges and opportunities, SAPPO’s core business and benchmarking.
Listen to interview.
Corona virus: What you should know
Human corona viruses are common throughout the world. The name corona refers to a crown because these viruses have crown-like spikes on their surface when viewed under an electron microscope. There are many different corona viruses identified in animals but only a small number of these can cause disease in humans. Read more
What will it take to stop the corona virus from spreading around the world?
Hong Kong (CNN)The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus in central China has infected thousands and spread overseas, raising the specter of a potential global epidemic as authorities desperately try to contain it. Read more
A tale of two pricing seasons
It is well known that the cost of maize and soybeans is the major cost input in the pig industry, having a large influence on the profit margin.Market prices have become somewhat erratic the last three years, due to disease and it knocked profitability.
Read Prof Johan Willemse’s latest column.
Farmer’s day at BTA in February
Other courses at BTA
Baynesfield Training Academy is a training service provider in the field of Pig Production. The academy offers a one-week practical and theoretical training course that covers all aspects of pig production. Read more
SAPPO programmes in Western Cape in full swing
SAPPO’s mentorship and veterinary programme is already helping developing farmers in Hermanus, Stanford, Greyton and Genadendal areas to improve their husbandry, health and biosecurity skills. Dr Cilliers Louw of SAPPO in the Western Cape says that Mange is the biggest challenge the farmers are facing. Read more
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PIC Pic of the Month
Congratulations to Liza Boshoff od Armoed Varkboerdery, Heilbron who is the winner of this month’s CS Vet Pic of the Month. A cash prize of R500 sponsored by CS Vet, as well as a goody bag from SAPPO, is on its way. Send your entries for our next issue to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pork on televsion
SAPPO (SA Pork) is participating on Food Lover’s Market Summer Carnival, which takes place between 27 January and 2 February. SAPPO’s promotions in the past resulted in good pork sales. Click here to view the televsion advertisement promoting the carnaval and its specials. Also read below.
More about the Summer Carnival
Here will be plenty of pork value buys on offer at the Food Lovers Market Summer Carnival, taking place from 27 January to 2 February. One of the drawcards is pork packs with well-presented cuts, selling at R49.99, says Marieta Human, SAPPO’s marketing manager. Read more
Growing optimism about SA maize harvest in 2019/20
Addressing the complexities in pig production
A recent episode of the programme ‘60 Minutes’ in the United States led to critical reactions in the US swine business. The programme addressed antimicrobial resistance in the US swine industry. Read more
Join the trip to the EPP conference 2020
South Africa is now an official member of the European Pig Producers (EPP). The EPP’s 2020 conference will take place from 9 -11 June 2020 in the Netherlands. Arrival 8 June/departure 12 June recommended. If you are interested to attend, send a mail to Sally Bosman at email@example.com. Sally will assist you with the registration process. There is a different process applicable for members and guests.
Oxford professor creates bacon scented patch for vegans who need a fix
A professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University has partnered with Strong Roots, a plant-based food company, to create a bacon patch for vegans struggling to stay meat free, Business Insider reports. The idea is that the person wearing the patch scratches it when they’re experiencing a craving for meat. After scratching, the patch will emit the smell of cooked bacon. Read more
NAMC's latest food price information
New experimental vaccine for African swine fever virus shows promise
Government and academic investigators have developed a vaccine against ASF that appears to be far more effective than previously developed vaccines. The research appeared this in the Journal of Virology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.
When the UK leaves the EU, will ‘meaty’ names leave plant-based labels?
The future is uncertain for ‘meaty’ descriptions of plant-based foods in the UK. If we ban the terms ‘burger’ and ‘sausage’ for plant-based offerings, what does that mean for ‘beef tomato’ and ‘veggie fingers’? questions the Vegan Society.
Land Bank implosion, Moody's downgrade sparks setback for SA agriculture
Land Bank is evident of an unhealthy state of affairs at governance and management level within the bank, says Agri SA – and it is a setback for growth and transformation of the agricultural sector.
Unplanned Eskom breakdowns are still high
Eskom said that load shedding had not been necessary over the past 10 days due to a number of factors, including demand being lower than expected due to planned outages being lower than the average 5 500 MW originally planned.
Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update
• From the office of the CEO
• SAMIC receives Pork 360 training
• Information day at Elsenburg
• World of Pork update
New on SAPPO's infohub
• Concern as Moody’s downgrades Land Bank credit rating
• Livestock expos and shows pool resources to improve biosecurity
• South Africa must get on China’s agricultural radar
• Coalition for global protein sustainability initiative launched at Davos
• Can welfare improvements boost pig health?
• European Union to send R270 million in emergency food aid to Zimbabwe
• USMEF outlines key drivers for Asian red meat market
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