From the Desk
M atters legal, trade, organisational and brining
Last month, I started by talking about the municipal elections and they certainly were an interesting set of results lots of change and yet little if you dig deeper into the voting patterns. When it comes to the broiler and egg industries, there’s also not much change as things continue to go badly, perhaps more so for broiler than egg producers.
The latest weather predictions are now suggesting that the transition from El Niño to La Nina will be slightly delayed, with the La Nina effect likely to be seen later in the season. Hopefully the rains will come in time for a decent maize harvest so that feed ingredients prices can start to fall next year. Spring is here.
Last month, I had to report on the passing of Arend Kuipers. This month, I’m saddened to report on a further loss with the passing of Dr Louis Theron. Even as his health started to fail, Louis’s great passion and energy for his work didn’t falter and he continued to work hard for the greater good of the industry. I’ll miss him greatly as will we all. His family and Carien will miss him even more. Brining M uch work took place last month to prepare for the review of the brining regulations, which will’ve taken place before you read this. Around 4,000 pages later, the case is ready for Court. Hopefully, one part of the application, namely a suspension of the regulations pending the determination of the review, will have been communicated to you separately. The main decision isn’t likely for a couple of months.
We applied separately to DAFF for an exemption to determine that the date of implementation should mean the date of last production, not sale. Both the Executive Officer and the DG denied