Edi­tors note

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Cameron Macken­zie

Not­with­stand­ing the ben­e­fits of glob­al­i­sa­tion, it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly clear that while many parts of the world are pros­per­ing, with good prospects for this year, South Africa is labour­ing un­der a unique set of cir­cum­stances sent to try us. Kevin’s From the Desk and Chris’ Train­ing and Devel­op­ment pages paint in broad strokes, as do the sto­ries in our lo­cal news sec­tion, which show a gloomy pic­ture. These range from the drought fall­ing poul­try prices and to in­put costs ris­ing, in­clud­ing record prices for maize thanks to US dol­lar-de­nom­i­nated im­port par­ity pric­ing in the face of a weak­en­ing Rand.

This only serves to il­lus­trate the global di­vide be­tween South Africa, Europe and the USA, who are ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to a year filled with growth and op­por­tu­nity. We re­flect this par­a­digm in our out­look for lo­cal poul­try in the news sec­tion, the USA To­day col­umn and in our reg­u­lar Euro­pean fea­ture, North­ern Views.

Each month, the Bul­letin car­ries a spe­cialised fo­cus on one par­tic­u­lar area of poul­try pro­duc­tion as­so­ci­ated with our coun­try’s big­gest agri­cul­tural sec­tor. This month, we ex­am­ine is­sues around poul­try health, in­clud­ing a disease pro­file on coccidiosis con­trol, re­duc­ing in­fec­tious process, and keep­ing bird flu at bay through ef­fec­tive biose­cu­rity on the farm. In keep­ing with this theme, you’ll also find ar­ti­cles of in­ter­est on al­most ev­ery page.

As Fe­bru­ary is Healthy Life­style and Preg­nancy Aware­ness month, we fea­ture a re­search ar­ti­cle on the im­por­tance of choline dur­ing preg­nancy. Also, our In­ter­na­tional News sec­tion car­ries the re­sults of a UK sur­vey show­ing eggs are the best break­fast for chil­dren – which is cer­tainly not news to us!

Lastly, the call from Cosatu as re­ported in our News sec­tion is alarm­ing from two per­spec­tives. If, as al­leged, price fix­ing and ma­nip­u­la­tion is tak­ing place in the mid­dle of a crip­pling drought, this is very se­ri­ous in­deed. On the other hand, if the pric­ing of maize is, in fact, largely in­flu­enced by Im­port Par­ity Pric­ing as re­ported else­where in the Bul­letin, then the lack of knowl­edge dis­played by the union on mat­ters agri­cul­tural in favour of illinformed state­ments is more se­ri­ous still. In these times of high tem­per­a­tures and in­cen­di­ary com­ments, it re­ally is nec­es­sary for cool heads to pre­vail and for sen­si­ble voices to be heard.

Thank you all for your re­ac­tion to our Jan­uary is­sue, es­pe­cially around the biose­cu­rity for small farms. We will con­tinue to re­port on de­vel­op­ments in this re­gard as a proac­tive biose­cu­rity pro­gramme now can pre­vent so much dam­age later.¡

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