SAPPO seeking new approach to ASF

A communal pig farming operation in Koppies in the Free State was the location of the latest positive case of ASF. The surviving pigs (76) were culled last week Saturday, thanks to the efforts of SAPPO and the Free State veterinary services, assisted by NSPCA to ensure that the exercise was done humanely, says Dr Peter Evans. Read more

Stand van die bedryf

Isabel Bröcker, hoof van besigheidsintelligensie by SAPPO, bespreek die invloed van die afgelope jaar se markkragte (plaaslik en internasionaal) op die bemarkbaarheid en prys van varkvleis. Die artikel het voorheen in Landbouweekblad verskyn.
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Pork 360 working group established

Anné Calitz, project manager at SAPPO, said that SAPPO and the barcode and traceability specialists, GS1, have established a working group to investigate the marketing of Pork 360 products in the retail space. The aim, among others, is to limit the possibility of food fraud. The working group will hold a session with traders before end of July


AGM registrations will soon close

Registrations for SAPPO’s AGM, as well as exhibition bookings, will close on 22 July 2019. There are still a few exhibition spots available, but input suppliers will have to hurry. Read more about the AGM and SAPPO’s exhibitor of the year competition.
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Vets having fun

Dr Cilliers Louw, SAPPO’s veterinary representative in the Western Cape, reports on the Pig Vet Society’s CPD day.
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SAPPO on Landbouweekliks

Johann Kotzé, SAPPO CEO, will be interviewed on Landbouweekliks on 2 July at 19:30 (DStv channel 147). He will, among others, talk about ASF and Ensminger. Watch the preview.

In your next Porcus

• Special feature: Delicious pork in the media 
• All about the Ensminger Symposium
• Nutritional manipulation of animal products to produce functional foods
• SAPPO’s consumer education campaign with DRUM
• Social pigs: A new dimension to pig genetics
• Pig day at Onderstepoort
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Easter digital campaign outperforms industry benchmark

To promote the enjoyment of pork dishes over the Easter period (when there is a lot of entertaining), a digital campaign with 12 short SA Pork cooking videos was flighted on the social media platforms of Here’s a short summary of the campaign report. Read more

Milestone for PIC's Irmarie

Irmarie Taljaard presented her masters trial at the 51st South Africa Society of Animal Science (SASAS) in Bloemfontein earlier this month. Her trial was on new approaches to feeding the modern PIC 337 pig.

Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index weakened in Q2, 2019

Following a marginal improvement in the Agbiz/IDC Agribusiness Confidence Index to 46 in the first quarter of this year, sentiment fell back in the second quarter to 44. A level below the neutral 50-point mark implies that agribusinesses are still downbeat about business conditions in South Africa. The survey was conducted between 27 May and 6 June 2019. 
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ASF Vietnam: Commercial farms hit; higher pork import prices

No longer is African Swine Fever (ASF) a problem that is only hitting pigs in villages in Vietnam. It has also started hitting large-scale industrial farms in the country, according to the Vietnamese authorities.
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Tough decisions: Animal mortality disposal during a disease outbreak

African swine fever (ASF) is taking over the news headlines now, but it’s not the only foreign animal disease posing a threat to animal health, the national economy and the environment, writes Jennifer Shike in Farm Journal’s Pork.
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