The Barney van Niekerk/AFMA Technical Person of the Year, Dr Peter Plumstead, technical director of Chemuniqué, and the AFMA Person of the Year for 2018/2019, Terry Wiggill, managing director of Chemuniqué, with De Wet Boshoff, executive director of AFMA (left) and Wouter de Wet, chair of the AFMA board of directors (right).

Chemuniqué directors shine at annual AFMA awards (https://www.chemunique.co.za)

The Animal Feed Manufacturers Association of South Africa (AFMA) is the official industry representative body of the local feed industry. Their annual AGM is a highlight on the industry calendar, and this year it was all about the Chemuniqué directors! Technical director Dr Peter Plumstead received the Barney van Niekerk/AFMA Technical Person of the Year Award and managing director Terry Wiggill was named AFMA Person of the Year for 2018/2019. Read more…

Scott Sindelar, chief executive officer of Edgewise Trade Advisers and a former USDA FAS official spoke at Day two of the meeting. Photo courtesy of USGC.

USGC focuses on trade potential in emerging markets

CINCINNATI, OHIO, U.S. — On day two of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) summer meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., participants focused on agricultural trade in emerging markets. The three markets focused on were India, Africa and opportunities for ethanol sales. Read more…

South Africa’s agricultural and processing company AFGRI’s headquarters in South Africa. The company is one of the leading feed manufacturers in South Africa. Photo courtesy of AFGRI.

Meat consumption rising in South Africa

South Africa’s livestock industry, recovering from the impact of a recent devastating drought and disease outbreak, is likely to create demand for feed additives thanks to an increasing population, a surge in demand for quality meat products and a spike in consumer spending, especially among the middle class. Read more…

African Swine Fewer (ASF) in Delmas

African Swine Fever Awareness

Following the outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) reported in the North West, Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga Provinces, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) will be embarking on roadshows and awareness campaigns to meet with farmers/pork producers, affected communities and the public at large. Read more…

African Swine Fewer (ASF) in Delmas

ASF in Delmas (SAPPO, 24 April 2019)

African Swine Fewer (ASF) was diagnosed in mid-April on a small farm in the Delmas area in Mpumalanga. The farm had about 180 pigs, mainly fattening pigs, and a few sows bought from an auctioneer in the area. They were fed a mixture of bran and vegetable by-products from a local vegetable factory. Mpumalanga Veterinary Services immediately placed the farm under quarantine and instituted appropriate disease control methods in the area. Investigations and surveillance to