Egg prices on the rise No hor­mones in SA chicken

H or­mone myths, egg prices rise, and As­tral keeps lights on

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS -

Egg prices on the rise

Last year was very chal­leng­ing for egg pro­duc­ers, with ris­ing feed costs and fall­ing egg prices leav­ing farm­ers un­able to re­cover any losses. This led to the exit of many of the small scale farm­ers. Some farm­ers also de­pleted their flocks early, mov­ing the aver­age de­ple­tion age from 74.8 weeks in 2015 to 71.8 weeks in 2016. These fac­tors have re­sulted in a short­age of eggs.

Con­sumers can ex­pect an in­crease in prices by about 7% to 8% due to the egg short­age. This sce­nario is likely to per­sist while farm­ers at­tempt to in­crease pro­duc­tion to meet mar­ket de­mand.¡

No hor­mones in SA chicken

Dur­ing a re­cent brief­ing to the Par­lia­ment’s Trade and In­dus­try port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, Des­sislava Choumelova, EU coun­sel­lor for trade and eco­nom­ics, said there are se­ri­ous con­cerns about SA’S abil­ity to mon­i­tor the use of pro­hib­ited medicines and growth hor­mones in poul­try and other an­i­mal species.

SAPA how­ever cat­e­gor­i­cally states that SA broiler pro­duc­ers have long pro­vided safe and high qual­ity foods that pro­mote hu­man and an­i­mal well­be­ing. Pro­ducewrs are com­mit­ted to the three pil­lars of sus­tain­abil­ity - food se­cu­rity, a self-suf­fi­cient so­ci­ety, and the bal­ance of na­ture – and sub­scribe to SAPA’S Code of Con­duct.

No growth hor­mones are avail­able for use in poul­try any­where in the world and so also not in South Africa. No growth hor­mones are reg­is­tered un­der any of the

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