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A word from the convener
Stockman 2011 another huge success
Stockman School Press Release: Dr. Michael Bradfield.
Aldam Stockman School brought together role
players from the whole Southern African beef industry. Over two
hundred delegates attended the three day workshops.
Participants included Southern Africa’s leading commercial beef
producers, stud producers, representatives from the feedlot sector and
also the retail sector.
Leachman, one of America’s largest cattle seed stock producers gave a
general overview of the world beef industry. As the oil price
increases he gave evidence that over 50% of global corn will be used
for the production of ethanol. However, this will create even bigger
demand for protein and will keep a lot of countries out of the
lucrative grain fed markets. We will thus see fewer Americans or South
African’s eating steak because they simply won’t be able to afford it.
At the same time the highly populated eastern regions are becoming
wealthier and they will undoubtedly be the new consumers for high
value proteins thus exacerbating the global demand.
prices will thus continue to remain high and beef will remain a
lucrative and sought after commodity. The feedlot sector will continue
to prosper in these high value markets.
Continuing with a very positive theme for the beef industry in South
Africa, Mr J.P. Landman, a political and economic analyst, showed how
the investment into the infrastructure of South Africa has increased
from 4% to 8.4% since the year 2000. A lot of money has been spent on
roads and the railway infrastructure in the last few years compared to
the previous 20 years. We have strong private sector institutions
compared to many other developing economies (for e.g. Russia) and can
expect our economy to continue to grow. Threats remain social and
human issues such as the tensions created by transition.
Africa will have less, but more productive commercial farmers in the
future and more development farmers whom will need to increase their
farm sizes to remain competitive. He also showed how the national
gross product of agricultural commodities has almost doubled in the
last 50 years at an almost linear rate.
Donavan Heyns from Pick n Pay showed the importance of the retailer to
the consumer and vice versa. A lot has changed in the last ten years
with retailers now working closely with producers in meat quality and
production. The four retailers now sell 60% of all meat in South
Africa and this trend is set to continue. Meat quality is being taken
very seriously by the retailers and Mr.Heyns showed various examples
of the new branded beef cuts.
other talks Mr. Leachman emphasised the fact that cow numbers are set
to remain stable. The cows that we currently have thus need to become
more efficient. Measuring feed efficiency will become very important
in future recording schemes. However, the whole contemporary group of
bulls will have to be measured or the results will be of very little
value. He also emphasised the value of selecting animals using an
Index (i.e. combination of EBVs based on economic importance). An
example that is used by the Simmentaler/Simbra in South Africa or the
Namibian Grass fed Index.
important is the economic value of crossbreeding.
Estelle van Reenen from “Sparta Beef” gave an overview of early
compared to late maturing animals. Crossbred types (Indicus and
Taurus) still remain the most popular animals in the feedlot. There is
a push towards heavier carcasses that will probably favour the larger
frame animals in the future.
that was also very well received was that by Dr Langa Simela, CEO of
NERPO. The emerging red meat producer is already making a significant
contribution towards the red meat industry. Nearly 40% of all cattle
numbers are in the hands of the emerging sector. The difficulties
experienced by the commercial sector are very similar to the emerging
sector. We need to work towards a common goal.
break-away sessions producers were also able to hear from experts
regarding feeding, breeding, cattle evaluation, veld management and
financial planning. These break away sessions have become very popular
as they allow interactive discussions between producers and the
Stockman school will be held from the 24th -
26th of October 2012. Amongst others, Dr. Steve Millar (CEO
of the centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, Animal and Poultry
Science in Guelph, Canada) has already confirmed his attendance.
The Zimbabwean Herdbook (ZHB), chooses BREEDPLAN
Zimbabwe Herd Book
maintains breed society registers and in April 2009, a study of
electronic data recording and genetic analysis systems in South Africa
was commissioned. Any meaningful genetic analysis requires pooling of
data and it makes sense to investigate the potential of combining data
with South Africa and Namibia, given the similar production
environment and, more importantly, the strong genetic links with South
African and Namibian studs.
The two systems
reviewed were INTERGIS and BREEDPLAN.
The Zimbabwean Herd
Book implemented BREEDPLAN for the following reasons:
The server and data
would be based in our offices;
BREEDPLAN is well
represented throughout the world with systems in Australia, New
Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Hungary, Thailand, Malaysia and
studbook has a similar set-up to Zimbabwe and BREEDPLAN has been
successfully implemented there.
BREEDPLAN has a
phenomenal and unparalleled animal breeding research and software
The new management of the LRF for 2011 was elected during the General
Annual Meeting on 17 November 2010.
(Brahman) re-elected as PRESIDENT
(Simmentaler & Simbra) re-elected as VISE-PRESIDENT
will be managed by Agri-BSA - Dr Michael Bradfield
that will serve on the Management Committee are Mr L Angus
(Simmentaler & Simbra) - Lifelong
Honorary-President and Charlotte Schuite (Braford).