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.”