keyboard_arrow_upThe status of egg production in South Africa
keyboard_arrow_downThe status of egg production in South Africa

In the second half of 2017, the egg industry experienced its worst disease outbreak, with highly pathogenic avian influenza type H5N8 arriving in SA with migratory wild birds.  4.7 million hens or approximately 20 per cent of the national flock were culled under instruction of the state vet, with little compensation given to farmers affected. […]

keyboard_arrow_upHumidity measurement in poultry farms
keyboard_arrow_downHumidity measurement in poultry farms

Methods of farming chickens vary from country to country. General temperature and humidity conditions required for the three stages of chicken lifecycle are always similar. Temperature and humidity measurements are required for each stage.

keyboard_arrow_upAPG acquires majority shareholding in Pioneer Fishing
keyboard_arrow_downAPG acquires majority shareholding in Pioneer Fishing

The African Pioneer Group (APG) is in the final stages of acquiring an additional 50 per cent shareholding in Pioneer Fishing, subject to various regulatory approvals, which will result in Pioneer Fishing becoming the first almost fully black-owned and controlled fishing company in South Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upSea Harvest celebrates Competition Tribunal’s acquisition of Viking Fishing Group
keyboard_arrow_downSea Harvest celebrates Competition Tribunal’s acquisition of Viking Fishing Group

A consortium of black-owned companies led by the Sea Harvest Group (Sea Harvest) has confirmed the approval from the Competition Tribunal of its transaction to acquire the fishing business of Viking Fishing Holdings Proprietary Limited, whilst Sea Harvest Aquaculture, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sea Harvest, is acquiring 51 per cent of the issued share capital […]

keyboard_arrow_upStringent biosecurity required to contain bird flu outbreak
keyboard_arrow_downStringent biosecurity required to contain bird flu outbreak

Fears that the bird flu epidemic might flare up again have emerged following reports last month of new cases on farms in the North West Province and amongst sea birds along the Western Cape Coastline.

keyboard_arrow_upBird flu hits South Africa’s chicken flock
keyboard_arrow_downBird flu hits South Africa’s chicken flock

The outbreak of bird flu has already wiped out more than 15 per cent of South Africa’s layer hens with the prospect of hefty price increases due to the resultant shortage in table eggs.

keyboard_arrow_upUS chicken finds receptive market in SA
keyboard_arrow_downUS chicken finds receptive market in SA

Imports of American chicken, which resumed recently after nearly 17 years, are being well received by the market, local importers report.

keyboard_arrow_upDuty on EU chicken ‘too little, too late’ for local poultry industry
keyboard_arrow_downDuty on EU chicken ‘too little, too late’ for local poultry industry

The South African commercial poultry sector has expressed its overwhelming disappointment at ITAC's recently announced "shocking" 13.9 per cent increase in duty for poultry from the EU, which up to now, has been entering the country duty-free.

keyboard_arrow_upNew grader is fast and flexible
keyboard_arrow_downNew grader is fast and flexible

Ishida Europe has launched a smart, easy-to-use solution for a wide range of meat, fish and poultry batching and grading applications. The Flex-Grader uses Ishida’s proven high perfor­mance weighing technology to provide a high speed operation with excellent accuracy that’s able to grade product to a variety of different specifications. Depending on the application, top speeds of 200 packs per minute can be achieved.

keyboard_arrow_upIndustry objects to amendment of SA’s chicken brining regulations
keyboard_arrow_downIndustry objects to amendment of SA’s chicken brining regulations

Poultry producers are warning that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries’ recently released draft regulations on brining chicken meat could spell higher prices for consumers and job losses in the industry.