Ed­i­tors note

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Cameron Macken­zie

It’s that time of year when the coun­try be­gins to wind down af­ter a year of work, ef­fort and en­ter­prise in or­der to take a well-earned break. Of­ten, at the end of the year, tem­pers are frayed and nerves stretched to the limit. It ap­pears that some of our coun­try’s lead­ers are more than a lit­tle in­tem­per­ate at the mo­ment. Read about this and the re­ac­tion of or­gan­ised agri­cul­ture in our Lo­cal News sec­tion.

The poul­try in­dus­try and all in­volved in feed­ing our na­tion can re­flect on an ex­cep­tion­ally tough 2016 - and here at the Bul­letin, we felt your pain and ex­pe­ri­enced a fair share of ours; it’s been a hard year all round. In spite of this, we’d like to pay trib­ute to our ad­ver­tis­ers, our con­trib­u­tors and you, our read­ers. Have a read of our Christ­mas Greet­ings page for some sea­sonal greet­ings from our ad­ver­tis­ers and us to you.

If you read noth­ing else this month, do look at the Or­gan­i­sa­tional Mat­ters page, writ­ten by Dr Char­lotte Nkuna, SAPA’S se­nior ex­ec­u­tive. It is im­por­tant to note that the Bul­letin is first and fore­most your in­side track on the work SAPA does on your be­half. There is some crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in these pages that can have a di­rect im­pact on your busi­ness, rang­ing from in­dus­try levies through to an­i­mal wel­fare codes. This is an op­por­tu­nity to have your say, so I urge you to stay in­formed on de­vel­op­ments and re­spond in the in­ter­ests of your busi­ness.

It looks as if the sea­son isn’t so fes­tive in Europe as the highly path­o­genic H5N8 bird flu strain sweeps across the con­ti­nent. These re­ports in our In­ter­na­tional News sec­tion serve as a timely re­minder that AI can strike any­where, at any time, and cau­tions us to prac­tice the high­est lev­els of biose­cu­rity at the farm gate to pro­tect our na­tional flock - a pre­cious but vul­ner­a­ble re­source. Gineke Mons’ North­ern Views col­umn also high­lights the anx­i­ety felt by hap­less farm­ers ter­ri­fied that their seem­ingly healthy flocks can die vir­tu­ally overnight should this virus strike.

Our piece en­ti­tled ‘Keep­ing it safe’ has some use­ful points on im­ple­ment­ing and main­tain­ing biose­cu­rity on farms. Don’t miss it. There’s also an in­ter­est­ing re­port from Europe where pro­duc­ers call for a level play­ing field - and then de­cry South Africa’s “pro­tec­tion­ism” - breath­tak­ing in its hypocrisy. Would that our govern­ment was as en­thu­si­as­tic about sup­port­ing our pro­duc­ers as the EU is about theirs!

It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that a US state has banned meat and egg prod­ucts from caged sys­tems. This is not the first, although the sev­eral re­tail chains across the EU and the USA are pick­ing up on this trend driven by con­sumer de­mand. It can only be a mat­ter of time un­til sim­i­lar voices reach our shores, and the in­dus­try had bet­ter have a com­bined po­si­tion when it does. Read Kevin’s From the Desk to get some ex­tra in­sight on the global de­vel­op­ments in this re­gard; fore­warned is fore­armed.¡

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