February 2020

SAPPO Board discusses focus areas

SAPPO’s Board met in Pretoria this week. According to CEO Johann Kotzé, SAPPO’s financial matters were discussed among others. “The focus of the meeting however was to determine focus areas for all the SAPPO divisions. We did this successfully,” he said.
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Proff Johan Willemse

Johan Willemse on the Budget Speech

Will Moody’s be satisfied that sufficient structural changes will be implemented to curb the growing government debt relative to GDP and will the economy start to grow, or will they downgrade our credit rating to junk status? The risk remains that we will be downgraded. Read Prof Johan Willemse’s latest column on the economy.

More reaction to the Budget Speech

There was mixed feelings about minister Tito Mboweni’s Budget Speech. Read what FNB, Standard Bank, Agri SA, Agbiz and TAU SA said in reaction.
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CS Vet's Pic of the month

Congratulations to PIC who is again the winner of last month’s CS Vet’s Pic of the Month. The photographer was Eben Wepener. 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 derick@greenpepper.biz.

Varkvleis op die wegneemspyskaart

Humphries Boerdery buite Bella Bella, het in Januarie saam met ‘n vennoot, Penzorn Familietrust, ‘n wegneemrestaurant vir varkvleis in Randburg oopgemaak wat smullekker varkvleisdisse verkoop.
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Retail promotions: This is how it works

“Keeping fresh pork in the minds and on the dinner plates of consumers as often as possible is the crux of SAPPO’s participation in retail promotions,” says Marieta Human, SAPPO’s marketing manager. “Aggressive price specials are big attractions to entice consumers into supermarkets and butcheries.”
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Plans for foodwriters competition progressing

Plans are progressing well for SAPPO’s launch function of its competition for food influencers, including journalists, TV foodies and bloggers to be launched in May this year. The aim is to motivate them to keep SA PORK in the hearts and minds of consumers on a constant basis.

SAPPO will present a farmers day at Onderstepoort in March

SAPPO will present a farmers’ day at the University of Pretoria’s Onderstepoort veterinary facility on 25 March 2020. The topic will be “Let’s market pork”. Topics include marketing options, abattoir requirements and information on the carcass competition.
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SAPPO farmers' day breaks records

A record amount of 144 people attended SAPPO’s farmers’ day at Elsenburg last week. Many topical issues were on the agenda.

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In the latest Procus

In the latest Porcus you can read about:
Why compartmentalisation for the SA pork industry? * Africa’s renewable revolution * Bek-en-klou wys op kritieke tekort aan veeartse * Lesse uit die land met die “groen” hoenders, and more. 

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Staff collaborates on SAPPO vision

SAPPO’s vision of a sustainable pork industry, as well as the organisation’s mission to serve the pig industry by providing clarity and direction, were some the topics discussed during this week’s staff workshop in Pretoria. Marieta Human, SAPPO’s marketing manager, was the facilitator.
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DanBred: Sophisticated data-based model protects from chromosomal defects

The Danish Pig Research Centre (DPRC) has developed and implemented a sophisticated data-based model in the DanBred Breeding Programme to minimise the risk of chromosomal defects.
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Still time to register for Topigs Norsvin's Event

Excitement is mounting for Topigs Norsvin’s 2020 Pork Event, will focus on a new era for African pork production.  The day will take place on 11 March at the Maslow Hotel, Times Square, Pretoria.

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PIC opens second boar station

PIC’s second boar station, Kleinfontein, was officialy opened on 24 February. Kleinfontein is located about 50 km outside Middelburg. The new boar station will house more than 200 boars that are expected early April
Read more and see who were there.

AFMA intruduces an e-learning platform for feed milling industry

The Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA) introduced an e-learning platform for training in the feed milling industry. It took seven years to develop the platform.
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Latest disease report

The Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA) introduced an e-learning platform for training in the feed milling industry. It took seven years to develop the platform.
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British meat industry slams new immigration policy

The British meat industry has offered a harsh criticism of the Government’s new immigration policy. The policy would introduce a point-based system for immigrants.
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Russia considers fines for selling ASF-infected meat

Russia may introduce turnover-based fines for the unscrupulous meat processors accepting pork with African Swine Fever (ASF), was announced at a press conference.
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African Swine Fever is spreading in the EU, says EFSA

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a devastating disease occurring for the first time in certain eastern areas of the European Union (EU), according to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).
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China’s second largest pig farmer rakes in the profit

China’s second largest pig farmer, Muyuan Foods Co Ltd, reported on Wednesday that full-year profits for 2019 jumped more than 1,000% to $869.8 million due to record hog prices caused by a drop in supply from the devastating ASF outbreak. The company sold more than 10 million pigs last year, benefiting from a 140% increase in hog prices in 2019, after ASF wiped out the pork supply and left many breeding farms empty, Reuters reports.
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China’s changing pork needs: It’s time to differentiate

We enter 2020 with a host of unusual and unpredictable events. In other words, there is huge opportunity for those who can read the signs of the times.
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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

  • Auctions to resume
  • Visit to Pick n Pay head office
  • Latest Food Lovers’ Market  television advertisement
  • Africa’s first research and training feed mill to be launched at
  • Africa’s largest feed and animal nutrition conference
  • National minimum wage increase

Opens: South Africa (653), USA (24), UK (16), Mozambique (6), the Netherlands (4), Australia, Germany and Ireland (2), Finland and Nabibia (1)
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New on SAPPO's infohub

  • Biosafety Level 3 laboratory boosts veterinary services portfolio
  • Research and training feed mill to be launched at AFMA 2020
  • What’s driving prices in SA’s food basket this year?
  • Most meat eaters think veganism is ethical, but too expensive, inconvenient and icky tasting!
  • Russia considers fines for selling ASF-infected meat
  • Instead of harmful alternatives’ companies need to ‘up’ their sustainability game

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