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.¡