From the Desk

A new sea­son, a new SAPA, and old trade is­sues

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS -

Spring is sprung and the rain still has to come. In our case, the ex­er­cise re­frain of no pain no gain is rather no rain no gain. Some me­te­o­rol­o­gists think that the com­ing El Nino could be the strong­est ever. This doesn’t bode well for a good maize crop this com­ing sea­son. Add to that the gen­eral eco­nomic slow­down and global stock mar­ket con­cerns and we could well think that all that’s pos­i­tive at the mo­ment are warmer days in which to share tales of woe with friends and fam­ily.

For egg pro­duc­ers, an ap­par­ent short­age of eggs in some parts of the coun­try has led to a much needed move­ment in prices, which haven’t kept up with in­fla­tion - and not even with broiler prices. For broiler pro­duc­ers, the sit­u­a­tion’s very dif­fer­ent. Im­ports are at their high­est ever level, mea­sured on a year to date ba­sis, and when com­bined with some in­creased lo­cal pro­duc­tion and poor lev­els of dis­pos­able in­come, this has led to price re­duc­tions. At a time when feed costs are par­tic­u­larly high, this is a toxic

brew.

New Or­gan­i­sa­tions

We’re still wait­ing for SARS ap­proval of our new con­sti­tu­tion but none­the­less held meet­ings of the com­bined ‘old’ and ‘new’ SAPA com­mit­tees, as well as the ‘old’ Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee and the ‘new’ Board in Au­gust to fi­nalise plans for the in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘new’ SAPA. Bud­gets and vot­ing rights have been

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