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…


SA wool market resilient despite China’s suspension

26 March 2019 – Despite China’s decision to suspend wool imports from South Africa in February following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth-disease in January, the South African wool market remains resilient, underpinned by good demand from Europe. Read more…


SA beef export market reopens to the Middle East

20 March 2019 – The recently held Gulfood Trade Show 2019, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, saw the reopening of beef trade between South Africa and the Middle East. Read more…


Wool market trades higher

29 January 2019 – The wool market ended higher at this weeks’ auction, with the Cape Wools Merino Indicator increasing by 2,7% and by 578 points to close at a value of R221,02 (clean). The Australian EMI gained 0,2% this week. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator gained 2,7%. Read more…


Challenging year ahead for South African beef cattle farmers

15 January 2019 – 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…


ABSA Agribusiness

26 November 2018 – Feedlot Market Report


RPO Bulletin

2 November 2018