Hot on the heels of Astral’s announcement last month on the crisis facing our industry comes a new warning from Rainbow about the state of local poultry production. On the back of falling revenue and an ominous statement that the company will be forced to review its poultry business model if conditions don’t change, the potential for more job losses looms large. Of course, when the poultry industry sneezes, other agricultural sectors catch a cold. So if the poultry industry is losing money and jobs, so too will the feed, supply, and other sectors as well. Dark days indeed.
With 29 September marking World Heart Day, it’s fitting to note that eggs are not the health hazard they were once made out to be. In our nutrition section, we carry an article entitled ‘Heart health and eggs’, where you can read up on how to make eggs an integral part of healthy eating.
Last month, we carried a story about a Tshwane-based outfit that offered to-good-tobe-true returns for investors keen to get a slice of the pie in a chicken farm. As it turns out, this venture was nothing more than getting people to part with their money. Our Local News section features a warning of other criminals offering birds and supplies - and then disappearing. Let the buyer beware!
Galliova 2016, one of the leading awards on offer to food and health writers, is once again open for entries. For more information on this worthwhile initiative sponsored by the Egg Organisation, read about it on the Training and Development page.
We are blessed not to have to deal with avian influenza in our flocks (touch wood). For the US though, it’s a different story, so read about the latest threat in Today in the USA and how they’ve instituted measures to prepare their producers for an outbreak. Ironically, the US still maintains that AI is present in SA, and uses that spurious nonsense as a reason to prohibit our exports while freely dumping here.
On the subject of animal health, we continue to feature some of the presentations from Avi Africa 2016, so don’t miss the results of a four-year study into Inclusion Body Hepatitis or IBH. A healthy flock is a happy flock, and thanks to our scientists and animal health specialists, it’s likely to remain so.
Lastly, one voice that’s been noticeably quiet of late is that of the meat importers, whose shrill cries have echoed across the media throughout the year. Clearly, what’s good for them is bad for the local poultry industry - and vice versa, so it’s little wonder that with imports at record volumes, there’s nothing for them to complain about. At what stage will our government wake up to this fact, end the paralysis, and actually do something tangible to address the crisis facing our industry?¡