May seems to be a month of movement as DAFF publishes brining regulations and the Egg Organisation takes centre stage both within SAPA as well as reporting in the media.
With winter approaching, colds and flu are problems for people as much as they are for flocks. This month, we carry an article on respiratory diseases, the signs and symptoms to watch out for, and how small scale producers especially can take better care of their flocks – and what to do if a disease presents itself.
The arrival of US chicken on our shores will no doubt help the rich get richer – and not just local importers either. Our Today in the USA column reports that poultry farmers in the USA are the richest of all farmers with a higher income than the average US householder. Read about this as well as the state of the antibiotic debate that’s being driven by consumers but resisted by consultants.
It’s interesting to see that it’s not just the US that’s siezed with the issue of anitbiotics, antimicrobials and the like – the EU is on a similar drive. Our international news section gives you a good idea what governments, scientists and industry stakeholders think about it. We also cover the Warsaw meeting of the International Egg Commission, where Kevin Lovell heads an avian influenza working group.
It seems that government and state-owned entities are keen participants in the drive to assist in the process of inclusive transformation of our industry. Dr Charlotte Nkuna delivers some good news on this front, along with some not-so-good news about the Egg Organisation membership. In the same breath though, she provides some compelling benefits on why it is so important to belong to the association. Read, digest and decide for yourself.
Lastly, the excitement is growing around Avi Africa, and we’re delighted to feature a number of profiles of the speakers and presenters you can look forward to hearing, seeing and meeting there. I’m particularly excited to see Justice Malala will join us this year – and his biography shows what a tremendous wealth of insight and experience he has to share. Dr Michael Czarick, whose renowned tenure at the University of Georgia has produced more research and practical application of poultry science than a flock of poultry scientists could produce in two lifetimes, will also grace our shores. I look forward to hearing from them – and engaging with many of our readers over the three days. See you there!