Livestock owners urged to remain vigilant for FMD clinical signs

18 December 2019. Although no further cases of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) have been reported in the past week, livestock owners and the general public have been advised to remain vigilant for clinical signs of FMD in their animals. Read more…


Russian Farmers Are Strapping VR Headsets to Dairy Cows

28 November 2019. In a bid to get more and better milk out of their cows, Russian farmers have taken to strapping specially-modified virtual reality headsets on their cows’ heads and giving them relaxing, pleasant virtual experiences. Read more…


South Africa struggles to manage wildlife ranching: Why it’s a problem

19 November 2019.

Over the past few decades, South Africa has seen a dramatic conversion from livestock or crop farming to wildlife ranching – known locally as game farming. But regulation hasn’t kept up with this growth. Read more…

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Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation

12 November 2019. The masterplan process included AMIE, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA), several government departments, organised labour and other parties with an interest in the local chicken industry. Read more…


Farmers harness solar power to produce livestock feed from the bush

5 November 2019. In a country where 30 million hectares of farmland are affected by bush encroachment, bush-based animal feed production has become a viable option for Namibian farmers. Read more…


Wool market increases after slight decline

15 October 2019. The sixth sale of the 2019/20 wool season took place with 13,776 bales on offer of which 92,9% was sold. The wool market closed 1,3% (222 points) higher than the previous figure at a value of R169,82/kg for clean wool, with the Cape Wools All Wool Indicator closing 1,7% higher. Read more…


East Coast Fever, a threat on South Africa’s doorstep

3 September 2019. A fatal cattle disease that was eradicated in South Africa in 1954 is back on our doorstep and poses a serious threat to the health of the national herd, food security, and the economic wellbeing of especially small farmers. Read more…


Demand for South African beef to grow by 2028

13 August 2019. According to the recently released Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) Agricultural Outlook 2019-2028, beef production is expected to continue to grow. In developing countries, it is expected to be 17% higher in 2028, with developing countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa, to account for 72% of additional beef produced worldwide. Read more…


Research shows SA remains efficient in global chicken production

9 April 2019 – According to the latest research from the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP), South Africa chicken production remains high globally, with chicken production being cheaper than European Union (EU) countries. Read more…