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The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Cameron Macken­zie

Given that Au­gust is elec­tion month, with win­ners preen­ing at the bal­lot box, it’s pe­cu­liarly ap­pro­pri­ate that they share the plat­form with our Avi Africa win­ners. Big or small, we con­grat­u­late you all on the in­no­va­tive de­signs and con­sid­er­able ef­fort taken to make the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­cit­ing and colour­ful. On this note, let me apol­o­gise to Chemvet, mar­ket lead­ers in poultry hous­ing since 1979 and a loyal sup­porter of the Bul­letin for many years, for their ex­clu­sion from our Out and About last month. With space at a pre­mium, I’m afraid Chemvet’s pic­ture ended up on the cut­ting room floor. We’ll make sure that never hap­pens again be­cause as much as our ad­ver­tis­ers sup­port us and keep us go­ing, we must sup­port you too.

And while we’re busy with Avi Africa 2016, for those who missed some of the pre­sen­ta­tions, over the next few months, we’ll be fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of th­ese in the Bul­letin. This month, we fea­ture a piece on the nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments of the mod­ern, long lay­ing hen, and trust you’ll find it in­for­ma­tive and use­ful.

It seems as if SAPA is al­ways in court, chal­leng­ing the ar­bi­trary de­ci­sions of un­re­spon­sive gov­ern­ments that seek to im­pose their will with­out mak­ing in­formed judge­ments by fail­ing to con­sult with our in­dus­try or con­sid­er­ing the opin­ions of our coun­try’s pro­duc­ers with the se­ri­ous­ness and at­ten­tion they de­serve. Read about this in Kevin’s From the Desk. It is also in­ter­est­ing that our BRICS part­ner In­dia is fac­ing ex­actly the same dilemma as we are with US chicken legs ar­riv­ing on their shores at prices that lo­cal pro­duc­ers can’t com­pete with. Read about this in To­day in the USA, where In­dian pro­duc­ers warn that US im­ports will led to farm clo­sures and job losses. Sound all too fa­mil­iar? Per­haps our gov­ern­ment will look more closely at In­dia for a par­al­lel with us and see what ac­tion must be taken to ar­rest the disas­ter that faces our in­dus­try too as a re­sult of the same ac­tions.

Some­times we get so caught up in chicken wars that we al­most over­look which came first - the chicken or the egg? We wel­come de­fin­i­tive cor­re­spon­dence on the sub­ject, but in the mean­time, there’s no doubt that the qual­ity of the pul­let de­ter­mines the qual­ity of the layer - and the egg. Read about what’s im­por­tant to en­sure that your grown pul­lets pro­duce great eggs in our piece on the sub­ject.

It’s with deep sense of loss that we learned of the pass­ing of Arend Kuipers while he was on a visit to his birth­place, the Nether­lands. To­day, in Africa, we say, a mighty oak has fallen! Mr Kuipers built his Ea­gle’s Pride com­pa­nies from the ground up to be­come a leader in the lo­cal poultry in­dus­try. A fierce pa­triot, I per­son­ally re­call Mr Kuipers telling me that he only read the Afrikaans ar­ti­cles in the Bul­letin, so the de­ci­sion by the man­age­ment com­mit­tee to fo­cus on mainly English con­tent meant there was much less for him to read. It was with Mr Kuipers in mind that we trans­lated Kevin’s From The Desk into Afrikaans and up­loaded it to the SAPA web­site every month. This is some­thing we’ll con­tinue to do - and is an­other part of his legacy. We bid Mr Kuipers farewell and ex­tend our sin­cere con­do­lences to his fam­ily, friends and col­leagues. Tot­siens Oom.¡

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