Thursday, August 30, 2012

Abattoir Prices Namibia and Meat Board News

The latest addition of the Meat Chronicle is available at:


Joint vision for the Meat Industry
During the past few months the Meat Board has been closely involved with the drawing up of a joint vision for the meat industry. This was imperative in order to bring about economic growth in the meat industry. The joint vision was drawn up in cooperation with, among others, agricultural unions, abattoirs, processors, agents, hides and skins processors and feed companies. It will be ratified by the relevant parties on 31 August 2012, after which a joint session between the meat industry and the government will take place regarding the joint vision.

Livestock competitiveness, economic growth and opportunities for job creation in Namibia
The livestock and meat sector plays a critical role in growth and job creation in Namibia. The commercial farming sector, mainly based on livestock farming, is considered to be the largest source of private employment in the country, providing jobs to 25,000–30,000 workers.

Reminder: Omatjette Agriculture Show: 1 September 2012

Mr. J. Kavaa
Tjohorongo-Kondjee Farmers Association
Tjohorongo-Kondjee Farmers Association are planning their 11th Agriculture Show at Omatjette on Saturday,  01 September 2012. The main aim of the show is to bring farmers together, show their animals and products and thus learn from each other.

Contact Mr. J Kavaa at (264) 65 273965 or 0813177991 for more information

Large Stock Management Activities for September

2nd week September:
  • Vaccinate all non pregnant mares (horses) against African Horse Sickness. Pregnant mares are vaccinated after birth.  Follow up with another vaccination 3 weeks later.
  • Vaccinate all horses against Tetanus
  • Vaccinate calves against Anaplasmosis (Oxytetracycline 200mg/ml: Terramycin LA, Swamycin LA, Agramycin LA etc)
  • Heifers starts calving (mating season that started 15 December and lasted 75 days up to end February).
  • Weigh all calves after birth (birth weight/mass) and record in Calve Register

  3rd week September:
  • Organize with Veterinarian for fertility test, sheath wash and clinical tests of all bulls to be sold (Trichomoniase, Brucellosis and Tuberculosis)
  • Start completing birth notices for calves (newborn) from first calve heifers/cows
4th week September:
  • Weigh all animals for biomass
  • Weigh first calve heifers/cows for post birth mass
  • Phase D testing of young bulls start after adaptation period of 35 days
  • Remove heavy pregnant cows from herd to separate camp (close to home with good grazing and additional feed). Make sure cows obtain a minimum body condition of between 3 and 4 with correct additional feeding (Enerfeed, Acacia Albida pods, Hominy Chop etc)
Continue with supplementary feeding: Winter lick (protein/mineral supplementation)

July Large Stock Management Activities:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Namibia Agriculture Union: WEEKLY NEWS – 24 August 2012


 In today’s newsletter –
·       Development Dialogue Forum
·         EPA:  Where are we now?
·         Agra news
·         Pig producers will hold member meeting and information day
·         FA and other news

Development Dialogue Forum
The Fourth Development Dialogue Forum of the Polytechnic of Namibia took place on 22 August 2012 with the theme “TOWARDS A FOOD SECURE NATION – within the context of National Development Plan (NDP) 4”.  The Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) Executive Manager, Sakkie Coetzee, and the Manager:  Research and Development, Wallie Roux, attended the Forum.
The keynote address was delivered by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Mr John Mutorwa.  Other speakers included Mr Joseph Iita, the Permanent Secretary of MAWF, Mr OjijoOdhiambo from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr Lungameni Lukas from the Agronomic Board, Mr Jürgen Hoffmann from the Agricultural Trade Forum (ATF), and Dr KatjiuaMutjinde from the Polytechnic of Namibia.
The Minister emphasized the importance of food security and his Ministry’s mandate to achieve it within the context of NDP 4.  In order to increase agricultural production and to achieve an average real growth of 4%, priority focus will be given to the Green Scheme, the increase of carrying capacity for livestock, the establishment of fresh produce markets and the establishment of other agricultural infrastructure like silos and research stations.
In this regard he mentioned that the total Green Scheme production area is around 9 400 hectares and the target is to increase this to 27 000 hectares.  He also mentioned that Namibia’s current grain production is 165 800 metric tonnes produced on a total of 311 000 hectares, which leaves an annual shortfall of 125 000 metric tonnes.  The Government also aims to eventually store four months of emergency grain reserves, which amounts to 60 000 metric tonnes. 
The Permanent Secretary explained the various support programmes already in place to achieve food security.  Other topics covered were the food security situation in Sub-Saharan Africa, the improvement of local agricultural productivity, the role of cross-border trade and the effects of communal land tenure and climate change on the achievement of food security.

EPA:  Where are we now?
The most important issue currently facing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations is the European Commission (EC) proposal to amend Market Access Regulation (MAR) 1528/2007.  According to the proposal, African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries currently enjoying Duty Free Quota Free (DFQF) access to European markets will have to ratify the EPA by the end of 2013.  Failure to ratify the agreement by the due date will result in such countries being removed from the MAR 1528/2007 beneficiary list as from 01 January 2014, hence forfeiting their DFQF market access.
On 21 June 2012 the International Trade Committee (INTA) of the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of a proposal to extend the MAR 1528/2007 deadline from 01 January 2014 to 01 January 2016.  However, the European legislative power resides with the EP and the Council of Ministers (the Member States).  On 12 September 2012 the EP will discuss the INTA vote during its plenary session for endorsement.  Then again, there is always the possibility that the EP plenary would not endorse the INTA vote, given that so far no single European Member State has spoken against the original EC proposal.
After the EP plenary vote on the proposal to extend the deadline, the debate will move to the Council.  Should the EP and the Council not agree on the proposal, a compromise will be negotiated.  Hence, despite the INTA vote it remains far from clear what the final outcome will be.
Agra news
The Registrar of Stock Feed in Namibia informed Agra on August 6, 2012 that the Directorate of Veterinary Services found that SHEEP-AFROND and STOETVEEKORRELS (breeding stock pellets) from VEEKOS grow stimulants and / or therapeutic substances contain.

The Registrar of Stock Feed instructed that both these products may not be sold to producers anymore and be removed from the market with immediate effect. These instructions are applicable on all stock feed traders countrywide.

Furthermore the Registrar put a total embargo on the import of all VEEKOS products from South Africa until their investigations in this regard have been concluded. Thus no VEEKOS products are allowed to come into the country until further notice.

The use of grow stimulants and / or therapeutic substances in stock feed is prohibited under Act No 36 which controls the import, manufacturing and distribution of stock feed products. The use of grow stimulants and / or therapeutic substances is also prohibited in accordance with the international trade agreements which were signed by Namibia. The instructions from the Registrar are thus necessary to protect the local meat industry.

It is for Agra of utmost importance to act at all times in the interest of the country and more specifically in the interest of the agricultural industry and to adhere to the instructions of the Registrar. Agra acted on these instructions with immediate effect and all Agra branches placed orders with other suppliers in order to provide the industry with similar alternative products. At this stage there are no indications when Agra can restore VEEKOS product stock levels.

Due to this unforeseen and sensitive matter Agra thus would like to friendly but urgently request their valued customers to contact their nearest Agra branch with regard to their feed- and lick supply in order to adapt their farming management program.

Pig producers will hold member meeting and information day
Pig producers are requested to diarise the following date when feedback about the latest developments in the pork industry are given: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the NAU board room, Windhoek. A detailed program on which the keynote speaker will be announced.will follow soon.
16th Namibia Rangeland Forum
Agra Professional Services is organising the 16th Namibia Rangeland Forum from 11-13 September 2012 at the Arebbusch Lodge in Windhoek.  The theme of this year’s forum is: Bush Encroachment – an ASSET or LIABILITY”?  Presentations and discussions will be focusing on the following three topics: 1) Physiological, Socio Economic and Ecological Aspects of Bush and Bush Control; 2) Bush Control and Utilisation Methodologies and Practices; and 3) Sustainable Bush and Rangeland Management.  The third day of NRF16 will be a field visit to the farm Düstenbrook outside Windhoek to look at the effect of controlled fire on bush encroachment and rangeland rehabilitation. Speakers are the Forum is inter alia Honourable Minister John Mutorwa of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Forestry, Mr Ryno van der Merwe, president of the NAU, Dr Axel Rothauge, Mr Dave Joubert, Mr Nico de Klerk, Mr Bertus Kruger and more.
A registration fee of N$300 per person applies and provides for attendance of the Forum for 3 full days and includes two lunches, two dinners, all tea, coffee and refreshments during the day as well as a visit to Farm Düstenbrook with tea/coffee/refreshments and a lunch on the third day.  This registration fee also provides for an information file with the programme and abstracts of all papers to be presented.  Professionally done proceedings of the Forum will also be made available to you as part of the registration fee.  Note that accommodation in Windhoek during the Forum is your own responsibility!!!
All farmers and people in the agricultural industry are invited to attend the Forum.  The Forum can host a maximum of 150 participants.  Since this event is extremely popular, you are urged to book your attendance with MarietaGrobler at +264 81 124 8701, Fax: +264 61 290 9354 or e-mail well in advance.  A detailed programme is also available from Marieta upon request.
Windhoek Show livestock entries
A record amount of large and small stock entries were received for the 2012 Windhoek Show. It is requested that breeders should sent their cancellations timeously to the show office. This will ease the planning. Please contact H Kruger at
Show dates for 2012:
Stampriet: 5 – 7 September
Keetmanshoop: 6 – 8 September
Grootfontein: 19 – 21 September
Otjiwarongo: 24 – 26 September
Gobabis: 24 – 26 September
Windhoek: 28 September – 6 October

FA and other news
The Sandveld Research Farm offers a veld fire prevention and management course on August 29 at 08:00 at the Sandveld Research Farm. This course is for all farmers and their farm managers. Permitting the weather, a practical veld fire extinguish course will be held at 14:00. The costs are N$250 per person which includes all meals. Overnight accommodation is available but people have to bring their own bedding. Please also take along proper clothing and firefighting equipment. Please register at the Sandveld Research Farm, Tel 062 568014 (office hours), 062 568093 (after hours), or

Osire/Waterberg FA is holding its „Inter Farmers Association Sports Day – 2012 FarmerOlympics“ on September 1 at 07:00 at the Osire Waterberg farmers hall at Farm Osire Noord. Individual sports which are offered are airgun shooting, bokdrolverspoeg and soccer wall. Entertainment for the children and general entertainment such as a mini show, tasty food and dance is offered. Each team has to consist of 8 members of which at least 2 must be women. Entrance fee per team is N$100 and social teams are welcome to take part. Entrance fee is N$80 for adults, N$40 for children up to 13 years and children under the age of 6 are free of charge. The entrance fee includes dinner and dance. For further details contact  Piet van Vuuren, Tel 081 2562666, or Dagmar Wilckens, Tel 067 306201, 081 2807829,

The annual Harvest Festival will be held on September 1 at 14:00 at Farm Ghaub of André and MarilizeCompion. Guest speaker is Mr Ryno van der Merwe of the NAU and the day will be concluded with a dance with “Fredbuzz”. Entry fees are N$80 for adults and N$30 for primary school children. For further details contact MarilizeOosthuizen, Tel 067 240362,
The annual Spring Symposium which is hosted by the Otjiwarongo FA will be held on September 4 & 5 at the NG Church hall, Otjiwarongo. It will be in form of a course and the theme is „Grazing for profit“. It will be offered by Mr Bruce Brown of RCSSA of South Africa and the aim is to help farmers to manage and use their rangeland more sustainably and economically. Mr Brown recommends that participants bring along stationery, a calculator, records of grazing and herds, rainfall and prices of various components. The costs are N$500 per person which includes meals. Please register before August 29 with Callie Steenkamp, Tel 081 3326292, For further details contact Thinus Pretorius, Tel 081 1282429 or Johan van Schalkwyk, Tel 081 252166.

A ground nut information day will be held on September 5 in the Rundu vicinity and on September 6 in Grootfontein an information day. The LNR cultivar tests from last year will be discussed by Mrs Lourraine Salomon, an agronomist of South Africa and she will also give information on how ground nuts must be treated in order to get a maximum production. The 2013 prices will be announced and the ground nut plant near Grootfontein which is planned in 2013 be discussed. For further details contact Dawie Kok, Tel 067 232654, 081 2616173,
The Limousin Breeders Association is hosting a judging course on September 6 & 7 at Farm Ombuerendende of Sigi and Heide Baas. The course is offered by Messrs Willie Grobler and Barend Dorfling and costs N$500 per person. Enquiries can be addressed to Ellie Lottering, Tel 081 2924917,

Hoërand FA is holding a member meeting on September 12 at 09:00 in the FA hall at Farm Stubbenkamer, Maltahöhe district. The theme is “Small stock farming” and speakers are Mr Pieter Hugo from Agra Professional Services and Danie de Lange from Feedmaster. The day will be concluded with a bring and braai and everybody is welcome. For further details contact MarykaTruter, Tel 081 2624146, Burger, Tel 081 3792626,
Summerdown FA is hosting a loose goods fund raising auction on September 15. Farmers who would like to enter their goods, must please contact Henriette le Grange at Tel 081 1249670,

A Dexter course will be held by Mr Willie Grobler on October 6 at 08:00 at the Agra/Bank Windhoek Ring, Windhoek Showgrounds. For further details contact Carina Jansen van Vuuren, Tel 067 312918,

Westelike Khomas FA is holding a meeting on October 17 at 15:00 at the Harmonie hall. For further details contact Amanda Greef, Tel 064 551565,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Auction Reminder: Daweb Wes, 25 August 2012

Omkhaibasen Farmers Cooperative (OKFC) will have a Production Auction at Daweb Wes Breeding Station on Saturday, 25 August 2012 starting at 10:00 am. Daweb Wes Breeding Station is situated 25 km northwest of Usakos on the D1935
For more information contact Isak Ouseb at:

Exotic game breeding sparks debate

Red Oryx...Colour Variant or adaptation...?

Study into the effect on biodiversity commissioned
(article by Monja Viljoen: AgriForum, Volume 25, August 2012)

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANB) has commissioned the University of Stellenbosch (US) to conduct a study into whether or not the breeding of colour-variant game poses a threat to biodiversity.
This comes amidst an international debate about whether or not these variations are man-made and constitute genetic modification or is an act of God. Opinions on the matter differ vastly. While some say these game ranchers are breeding for recessive genes which are rare in the wild for a reason as they come with weaknesses and problems, others say the issue is unnecessarily over-exaggerated and sensationalised.
Dr Louw Hoffman from the US Department Animal Sciences is looking at how and where these colour-variant animals evolve from. He and his team are also trying to determine what the risks are, if any at all, in the event that these animals escape from game farms and are bred with normal variants. “We are also trying to see how these colour variants inherit their colours. It is quite difficult actually, as we do not know much about colour inheritance in African wildlife. Some look like single gene inheritances, while others are more complex,” he explained.
Dr Hoffman invited Namibian farmers to contribute to the study by sharing any knowledge they have on colour-variant game. “Unfortunately we do not have the time to, for example, mate a golden gemsbok bull with a traditional gemsbok cow, so we will have to base our study on whatever information farmers can assist us with. Keep in mind that the golden gemsbok and the black-nose impala come from Namibia and we therefore welcome the contributions of Namibian farmers. I can be reached at or telephone +27 21 808 4747 or fax +27 21 808 4750.”
The breeding of colour-variant game, or CV game, is currently one of the most lucrative forms of land use in South Africa. Prices have over the past few years shot through the roof, in some cases even increasing a hundredfold. The value of black Impala, for example, is reported to have increased from R160 000 in 2005 to a staggering R360 000 per animal in 2012. A normal impala fetches about R1 400.
Gerhard Damm, president of the Applied Science Division of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), wonders whether these prices reflect the market from the supply and demand side where the demand side is defined as users such as hunters, and not other game ranchers. “I suspect that these inflationary prices rather represent a pyramid system where the initial investors make big money and those who come later are struck down when the system collapses."
Like paging through a cattle stud book
Gerhard, who is also the editor of the African Indaba e-newsletter, says it appears that the increase in intensive breeding operations and the total focus on economic gain creates a precarious similarity to the intensive lion breeding and canned shooting of lion, which led to the conservation and hunting world frowning upon SA. He referred to recent issues of a SA specialist magazine, in which advertisements with photographs of African buffalo, as well as photos of “pure-line cows in calf by denominated sires” resembled something out of a cattle breed studbook. That some of these sires apparently "reside" overseas, he added, points towards an international trade in semen straws.
“New antelope ‘subspecies’ are ‘discovered’ and named and golden wildebeest are now in good company with golden gemsbok, copper springbok, black impala, king wildebeest and whatever else. In many cases, these ‘subspecies’ are mixed and matched to achieve an ever-increasing ‘trophy quality’, irrespective of their origin. If you ask why, you are told it is because the hunting market demands quality trophies or the breeders aim to restore animals to a trophy quality which has been lost because of indiscriminate hunting. Haven’t we heard that already from the lion breeders as an apology for excesses in lion breeding and canned lion shooting? I am certainly not against controlled ex-situ and in-situ breeding of wild animals to eventually restore them or their offspring into the wild where they can eventually reproduce and be subjected to sustainable harvesting, but can you imagine that buffalo, acquired at the cost of several million rands each, will ever be released into an eco-system with lions present? The same applies for antelope colour phases,” he says.
According to him, some game breeders in SA are now using practically all methods of artificial manipulation, including artificial insemination and embryo transfer, but also hormone treatments and specially formulated booster diets. Some also source breeding material on the international market to achieve the desired objectives. “These domestic livestock production methods do not only exponentially speed up the selection processes, but also influence fertility, growth rate, food conversion efficiency and even behaviour. Therefore the danger is great that these until now largely uncontrolled activities may eventually lead to polluting or even losing wild local phenotypes or regionally significant wildlife populations. I am very much in favour of free market systems, but we are in dire need of compartmentalisation and some sensible regulation.”
Gerhard added and quoted Phillipe Chardonnet, Director of IGF and co-chair of the IUNC Antelope Specialist Group as saying “...the problem for biodiversity integrity comes from [mixing] compartments and from the proactive creation of freaks by some of the stakeholders for business only, [with negative] impact on conservation...”
Gerhard continued that the game industry has done a lot of good for the South African conservation revolution. Game ranching does have many proven advantages that rest on economical, ecological and socio-cultural pillars. “The sensible interaction of the three pillars makes out the conservation revolution of South Africa. There is enough space for economic growth without having to resort to artificially manipulating the wild heritage of Southern Africa.”
He also refers to an article by David Mabunda, CEO of South African National Parks, published in Peter Flack’s book The South African Conservation Success Story. David makes some very important observations and right in his first sentence says: “Despite the benefits hunting and wildlife ranching have brought to SA, the future of wildlife and its conservation in this country may well be at crossroads.”
David then sketches two possible scenarios which could emerge from the status quo. The status quo is the fact that SA does not have a land and wildlife conservation model that enfranchises large numbers of previously disenfranchised people, that new entrants to SA game ranching have brought with them methods from the domestic livestock industry, and that a significant rise in "canned" and "put and take" killings has tarnished the image of hunting in SA. Breeding methods have raised concern and controversy and game ranching has been accused of doing nothing to biodiversity conservation, while at the same time demeaning the lives of wild animals and recreational hunting itself. He then asks: "Is SA’s quiet conservation revolution still on track? Is it a business model with conservation as a by-product or is it a conservation model which also provides economic benefits to the stakeholders?" Two different scenarios eventually emerge from David’s observations: a worst case, where cause and effect will drastically reduce the land under wildlife and reverse all the successes of the past five or six decades, and a more optimistic scenario likened to a three-legged stool where the public and private sectors and the dynamism of the markets combine as driving forces for conservation, and wildlife and habitat flourish.
Meanwhile, Peter Oberem, deputy president of Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA) and Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Afrivet, says the issue is being over-emphasised. “Firstly, colour-variant game is not a ‘new species’ or ‘subspecies’, but simply normal genetic variations in a normally diverse genetic pool. Also, referring to the practice as ‘genetic modification’ is pure sensationalist as it is just a normal process as seen in all animal and plant populations. In principle I believe the broader picture of the conversion of millions of hectares of land from marginal domestic stock ranching to a flourishing game-ranching industry is really where the emphasis should be and not on one or two of the smaller issues which seem to be more sensational. Natural free-market systems will limit any of these latter issues to a small part of the whole wonderful story.”
As for the alleged embryo transfer breeding practices, he added that the WRSA has a clear statement that these techniques should be limited to a genuine attempt to save species from extinction and should only be permitted with approval from the SA Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Moreover, stating that colour-variant breeding activities, if uncontrolled, may eventually lead to polluting or even losing wild local phenotypes, he says, is pure speculation. “These so-called uncontrolled practices do not occur in our national parks, which are responsible for the preservation of our genetic diversity. Also bear in mind that the huge areas of land now used for private conservation previously had only domestic animals on them."
With regard to the issue of disenfranchising people, Peter added that WRSA has a clearly defined transformation policy and is in the process of establishing a transformation fund to contribute to the cause.

Agri Publications Namibia: August 2012
The August edition of AgriForum (Namibia Agriculture Union's monthly magazine) is available at stores nationwide (Namibia). This magazine has become the leading agriculture publication in Namibia. This 180 page (new record) edition is a clear indication of this achievement. Congratulations from Erongo region...!!!

Abattoir Prices Namibia: 20 August 2012

Courtesy: Namibia Agriculture Union
1. Abattoir Price: WEEK 20.08.2012

Beef Small Stock
 Meatco BeefFarmers  Meat Market BeefNAMCO* SheepFarmers Meat Market Mariental Sheep*Natural Namibian Meat Producers SheepBrukarros Meat Processors Sheep
A0n/a 26.10 29.50 30.00 31.00 30.00 
A1n/a26.10 42.50 42.00 41.00 41.00 
A2n/a26.10 44.50 44.00 43.00 43.00 
A3n/a26.10 44.50 44.00 43.00 43.00 
A4n/a26.10 34.50 34.00 36.00 34.00 
A5n/a26.10 31.50 31.00 31.00 31.00 
A6n/a26.10 31.50 31.00 31.00 31.00 
AB0n/a24.80 25.50 25.00 26.00 26.00 
AB1n/a24.80 33.50 32.00 33.00 32.00 
AB2n/a24.80 34.50 33.00 34.00 33.00 
AB3n/a24.80 34.50 33.00 34.00 33.00 
AB4n/a24.80 2750 27.00 29.00 28.00 
AB5n/a24.80 25.00 25.00 26.00 26.00 
AB6n/a24.80 25.00 25.00 26.00 26.00 
B0n/a23.30 24.50 24.00 24.00 24.00 
B1n/a23.30 30.50 31.00 31.00 31.00 
B2n/a23.30 31.50 32.00 32.00 32.00 
B3n/a23.30 31.50 32.00 32.00 32.00 
B4n/a23.30 25.50 26.00 28.00 27.00 
B5n/a23.30 22.50 24.00 26.00 25.00 
B6n/a23.30 22.50 24.00 26.00 25.00 
C0n/a21.80 21.50 21.00 22.00 22.00 
C1n/a21.80 30.50 30.00 29.00 29.00 
C2n/a21.80 31.50 30.00 31.00 30.00 
C3n/a21.80 31.50 30.00 31.00 30.00 
C4n/a21.80 24.50 30.00 29.00 25.00 
C5n/a21.80 22.50 21.00 24.00 23.00 
C6n/a21.80 22.50 21.00 24.00 23.00 
  • MEATCO:  Including Premiums  (200kg-219 kg carcasses)
 WW/PP-  -45.00, 45.00 
 WW/PP Grades -A1, A2-3 
 EU/Norway -45.00, 45.00 
 EU/Norway Grades -A1, A2 
 Contract - -
 Contract Grades - - -
  • Please contact abattoirs for Specifications
  • Price include contract premium
  • Direct Marketing commisiion not included 
  • Transport subsidy included 

2.  Agra Auction Prices: 17.08.2012
Cows (Dry)9.83 
Dorper Lamb18.00 
Slaughter Sheep13.00 
Fattail Lamb17.00 
Small Goat500 
Medium Goat700 
Large Goat900