Egg prices on the rise No hormones in SA chicken
H ormone myths, egg prices rise, and Astral keeps lights on
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