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    Minister Didiza hails the signing of the poultry master plan which aims to create more jobs

    Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Ms Thoko Didiza, MP has welcomed the signing of the Poultry Sector Master Plan during the 2nd inaugural South African Investment Conference in Johannesburg. The Minister believes that the plan will provide a framework for a determined effort to grow jobs in the industry through a number of […] More

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    Pig farming for profit: Wangwa hogs Agritech Show

    The first thing that visitors to the Agritech Show saw when they entered through the main gate, was a double storey crate with pigs. This was the Wangwa Farms stand. Wangwa Farms displayed a few of their best pig specimens to demonstrate their top genetics. “We are very well placed compared to last year and […] More

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    Agriculture: STOP EXPORTING OUR JOBS

    The South African agriculture industry is currently facing a silent crisis caused by the recent and significant increase of chicken imports into South Africa. Import volumes increased tenfold since 2009, from about 3,500 to 30,000 tonnes per month. This unchecked influx arises from the North American and European markets’ preference for white meat, resulting in […] More

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    Duty on EU chicken 'too little, too late' for local poultry industry

    The South African commercial poultry sector has expressed its overwhelming disappointment at ITAC’s recently announced “shocking” 13,9% increase in duty for poultry from the EU, which up to now, has been entering the country duty-free. Marthinus Stander, CEO of Country Bird, says ITAC’s original essential facts letter agreed with the local industry’s claim of severe […] More

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    Emulating mother hen: An analysis of common brooding practices- Part 3: Ventilation and temperature assessment

    Dr Oscar Blanco (BVSc, PhD) Last month we looked at measures to create the perfect temperature environment for our chicks. This month we discuss the second-last part of the series, namely ventilation, curtain management and the benefits of temperature record keeping. What about ventilation? A factor also affecting temperature control in chicken houses is ventilation. […] More

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    Get ahead with good brooding practices – Part 2: Emulating mother hen

    Last month we looked at the benefits of a warm environment and how your chickens react in less than perfect conditions. This month, we look at different ways to achieve the perfect environment for your chicks. This article is part of a series. Remember to read Part 1: Thriving in a warm environment As shown […] More

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    Crisis point for South African poultry industry

    The South African poultry sector is in crisis, according to RCL Foods which has posted extensive losses for its poultry division over the past 12 months. Read the full article on globalmeatnews. Click here. By Aidan Fortune More

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    POULTRY MARKET CONDITIONS WORSE THAN ANTICIPATED

    Astral Foods Limited (Astral), a leading Southern African integrated poultry producer, released a general operational update on poultry market conditions today. Chris Schutte, CEO of Astral, said: “The prospects contained in the interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2016, which we published on 16 May 2016, alerted shareholders to the negative impact […] More