How competitive is the South African soybean industry?

From 1 March 2019 producers will be charged a statutory levy of R65 for every tonne of soybeans sold. This statutory levy was introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after a request from role players in the industry, represented by the Sunflower and Soybean Forum. Read more…

Focus on the future as 6th Global Feed & Food Congress brings global leaders to Bangkok in March 2019

An exceptional line-up of speakers from around the world will join the upcoming 6th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), which will take place in Bangkok from Monday 11 March to Wednesday 13 March 2019. Held at the exclusive Shangri-La Hotel, the GFFC theme ‘the Future of Feed & Food – are we ready?’ examines the global challenge to provide safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable animal protein sources through innovative solutions to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Read more…

Global feed output up 3% in 2018

Global feed output up 3% in 2018

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, U.S. — The 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey, released Jan. 29, estimates that international feed production has increased by a strong 3% to a record 1.103 billion tonnes in 2018, exceeding 1 billion tonnes for the third consecutive year. The eighth edition of the annual survey includes data from 144 countries and nearly 30,000 feed mills. The feed industry has seen 14.6% growth over the past five years, equating to an average of 2.76% per annum. As the population grows, so does the middle class, which is well reflected in an increase in overall protein consumption. Read more…

Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

The year 2019 will be a challenging one for South African beef cattle farmers. One challenge that became apparent by the end of 2018 was environmental related, as grain and oilseed producing areas of the country experienced dryness which led to delays in plantings, and thus leading to an increase in agricultural commodity prices, particularly maize. [Read more]

12th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM)

The 12th International Feed Regulators Meeting (IFRM), organised by IFIF in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), will take place on Thursday, 14 March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, right after the 6th Global Feed and Food Congress. The 12th IFRM provides an opportunity for regulators and feed industry professionals from across the globe to exchange their thoughts and discuss concrete ideas for providing safe and affordable feed and food around the world. The Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (AFMA) will represent South Africa at this event.

Successful FAO side event with IFIF on animal nutrition and feed strategies at Codex Task Force on AMR

The role of animal nutrition and feed strategies and options for reducing the need to use antimicrobials in animal production was highlighted in a side event during a meeting of the Ad hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance that took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 14 December 2018. The speakers summarized the current state of the art and recent insights on how diets, gut health and the immune system interact and could contribute to disease resilience. The event also highlighted the work of FAO to promote these options to stakeholders in the feed sector and the activities of the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF). [Read more]