Ed­i­tors NOTE

The Poultry Bulletin - - EDITORS NOTE - By Cameron Macken­zie

If there’s one thing that never fails to amaze, it is the speed at which fac­tors that im­pact on our in­dus­try change al­most monthly. In the hot seat this month, lit­er­ally, is the lack of rain, with crop fore­casts alarm­ingly low as the ef­fects of the drought be­come ap­par­ent. If there’s a com­mon theme emerg­ing, it’s that farm­ers and pro­duc­ers need to be as in­no­va­tive as they can be to sur­vive what is likely to be a tough time. See our Lo­cal News sec­tion for lots of cov­er­age of this is­sue.

With a fo­cus on feed this month, it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see how in­sects are be­ing har­vested as a source of pro­tein in an­i­mal feed. This makes this year’s SAB In­no­va­tion Award a timely recog­ni­tion of how this is in­creas­ingly find­ing ac­cep­tance in poul­try pro­duc­tion. We’ve also got a really in­for­ma­tive piece on feed and the feed con­ver­sion ra­tio,

The AGOA gun­fight still isn’t re­solved and while the US, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Obama, likes to paint us as the outlaws, the re­al­ity is that a deal is a deal – and the US really has to bring their end. Kevin’s From the Desk cov­ers this com­plex mat­ter. What is in­ter­est­ing though is the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­ports to the US, which could pro­vide a healthy coun­ter­weight for our in­dus­try to the flood of chicken im­ports. You’ll find that and more in his col­umn, in­clud­ing other trade mat­ters, en­gage­ments with gov­ern­ment on a range of is­sues, as well as an up­date on the pro­posed brin­ing reg­u­la­tions. So, even if you flip through the rest of our mag­a­zine, make a point of read­ing this care­fully.

As the From the Desk col­umn is your up­date on all things SAPA, we trans­late it into Afrikaans early ev­ery month and up­load it to the web­site. Please visit www. sapoul­try.co.za to make sure you don’t miss a thing – and catch up to on the dig­i­tal is­sues of the Bul­letin to read at your leisure.

The Gal­liova Event in Cape Town this year proved ev­ery bit as ex­cit­ing as its pre­vi­ous ones. Read all about it as well as see the story in pic­tures in our Out & About page, which cap­tures some of the ex­cited de­light of win­ners from across the coun­try. Hats off the egg in­dus­try for con­tin­u­ing to use Gal­liova as an ef­fec­tive tool to keep eggs top of mind in the heads of food and health writ­ers – and there­fore in the shop­pers’ bas­kets. So with this in mind, we’ll save the last word for Salomé Del­port, who wrote to Kevin Lovell as fol­lows: “A big thank you for my Gal­liova! I’m very proud and to­tally de­lighted to be the cho­sen re­cip­i­ent. It car­ries with it the re­spon­si­bil­ity to cre­ate ex­cel­lent yet de­light­ful health com­mu­ni­ca­tions. The Gal­liova is a great in­vest­ment in PR, for not only egg consumption but also for health jour­nal­ism as a whole in South Africa. It’s be­come a proud tra­di­tion, thanks to SAPA. And thank you for the lovely event. It was per­fectly ex­e­cuted. Groete & Gesond­heid.”

Gesond­heid in­deed!¡

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