September 2019

Johann in Ghana this week

Johann Kotzé, CEO of SAPPO, is in Ghana this week as part of a delegation of the Cape Town & Western Cape Tourism, Trade & Investment (Wesgro). Ghana is considered as a potential market for South African products.
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What did SAPPO do the past year?

SAPPO produced videos on its activities the past year. These were screened at the organisation’s AGM. The videos deal with consumer assurance, consumer education, research and development and business intelligence.
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SAPPO in the news

Interview with SAPPO’s vice chairman, Stephen Butt (Farmer’s Weekly 13 September 2019, p 32)
Onderhoud met SAPPO se hoofuitvoerende beampte, Johann Kotzé (Landbouweekblad 27 September 2019 p 20)

Photo left: Stephen Butt

CS Vet's Pic of the Month

Congratulations to PIC who is 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

We remember ...

.. Walter Thiele, a previous national council member of SAPPO, Thys Lourens, a stalwart of the industry, and Freddy Hirsh, founder of the Freddy Hirsh Group, who was a close friend of the pork industry. SAPPO’s condolences to their families and friends on their passing.

Bake your belly twice

SAPPO’s popular pork master clases are winning many new friends for pork. The master classes are taking place in Gauteng and the Western Cape. This time around students learned how to properly cook pork belly.
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Information day at Baynesfield

SAPPO will host an information day at Baynesfield on 24 October 2019. Breeding for profit will be the theme. Topics include: The important breeding traits and their economic importance, natural mating and artificial insemination and gilt and sow management.
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Pork shines at Alfa

SAPPO had a stall at the Alfa livestock exhibition last week. Alfa took place in Parys in the Free State. The exhibition strives to present a platform for the exchange of technology for livestock farmers and to provide a trading platform for buyers and suppliers.
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Carcass competition

Alfa hosted a national pork carcass competition for the first time this year.
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Ook by Alfa raakgeloop ...

Andrew Reeders, Lihandi van Niekerk en Hezekiel Mpedi van Topigs Norsvin geniet verversings by Alfa.

Save the date

Topigs Norsvin’s 2020 Pork Event will take place on 11 March at the Maslow Hotel, Times Square, Pretoria. On the menu will be, among others: A good start with good genetics, weighing local performance, and the value of biosecurity and high health herds.
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Land reform: Melmoth case good news

Agri SA is elated about the outcome of the Melmoth case in favour of the landowners this week. The outcome brings some comfort to concerned landowners regarding the manner in which experts will deal with the concept of just and equitable compensation. The controversial land claims lodged by five groups of claimants against various farms in the Melmoth area in Kwazulu-Natal has taken a drastic turn.
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Registrations now open for Agbiz’ 2020 congress

Held every second year, the Agbiz Congress 2020 is one of the major events on the food, feed, fibre and wine sectors’ agenda in South Africa. Agbiz expects more than 400 delegates will attend the 2020 congress, which will feature presentations and discussion panels from local and international speakers, as well as a student case competition and various networking opportunities.
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EU-wide initiative created to restore balance in meat debate

A new initiative has been set up to combat miscommunication about the meat industry.
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Infrared camera to identify pig feeding patterns

Researchers in Brazil are working on methods involving thermography using infrared technology to identify pig feeding behaviour.
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Restaurant animal welfare marketing is ineffective

Despite growing pressure on American restaurants from animal activists, linking animal welfare to marketing programmes has thus far been ineffective for restaurants. A new study by the University of Missouri suggests that while the restaurant industry is often criticised for not doing more to push animal welfare reforms, but even when they do their marketing efforts miss the mark.
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Pork Checkoff payments now online

The National Pork Board (NPB) of the USA has announced plans to migrate Pork Checkoff remittances to its online platform. The online Checkoff remittance system is designed to significantly reduce the processing time, paper and other expenses for the Pork Board, while also providing pork producers flexibility with payment options, improve operational efficiencies and create cost savings.
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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

• South Africa wastes 10m tonnes of food annually
• SPACE 2019: Attention to environment and welfare
• Burger King rebrands as Bacon King (but drops ‘ham’ from the word ‘hamburger’)
• Food safety auditing: An industry in transition
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