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…


How to utilise livestock to propel sustainable development

23 October 2018 – According to the the Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) World Livestock: Transforming the livestock sector through the Sustainable Development Goals report, the debate around livestock production has so far been largely focused on how the sector can produce more to satisfy surging demand for animal products and feed a growing global population while at the same time reducing its environmental footprint. Read more…


Agricultural Safeguard levy on poultry could impact SA consumers negatively

4 October 2018 – The latest gazetted Agricultural Safeguard levy of 35.3% imposed on bone-in chicken cuts has raised concerns for the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AIME). Europe, one of South Africa’s largest trading partner, sees the Safeguard as a blow to the preferential nature of their trade relations with South Africa, the costly effect of which will extend to the already cash-strapped South African consumer. Read more…


SA feed industry experiences 0.7% sales drop for 2017/18

31 July 2018 – The dramatic feed sales loss experienced in 2016/17 was the direct consequence of the challenges the livestock and poultry industries had to face and overcome. Read more…


Wool outlook for 2018

25 April 2018 – Increased affluence in traditional markets such as China and a growing demand for natural fibres in athleisure wear coupled with an abundant supply have created a “perfect storm” for wool. Read more…