Astral Foods foresees more than 400% jump in earnings amid bird flu jitters

SOUTH AFRICA - In a report to shareholders, Astral Foods expects growth in earnings by more than 400% amidst bird flu jitters and the latest Listeriosis outbreak that has caused anxiety in the meat industry. According to the company, it expects its headline earnings per share to grow despite the costs that came with the…

No decision yet on bird flu vaccination – Minister

SOUTH AFRICA - Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said state veterinarians were still assessing whether South Africa's chickens should be vaccinated amid the country's worst ever bird flu outbreak. Zokwana was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. Over four million chickens have been culled this year following an outbreak of highly pathogenic…

SA poultry producers to import hatching eggs from Europe

SOUTH AFRICA – Poultry producers have planned to import hatching eggs from Europe, after the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus commonly known as bird flu, resulted to shortages in the country. The H5N8 avian influenza virus had been detected in several countries, with South Africa worst hit triggering shortages in both…

Producers to boost biosecurity measures after bird flu outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - SA poultry farmers are scrambling to boost biosecurity measures to curb the spread of the virus, as government considers rolling out a vaccination programme. Speaking to Fin24 by phone on Tuesday, Greg Celliers, a veterinarian for the commercial egg divisions of the Kuipers Group, said farmers are at the mercy of nature…

‘Devastating’ bird flu culling to cost SA farm US$5m

SOUTH AFRICA - The bird flu outbreak at operations of a Gauteng poultry producer has cost it R35m (US$2.6m), plus an additional R30m (US$2.2m) to restore operations. Gauteng MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile visited a poultry farm in Gauteng, Rooikraal Arendnes, on Tuesday. Producers of Eggbert Eggs - part…

Massive cull to stop avian flu costs Zim company $7.2m

ZIMBABWE - Irvine’s, one of Zimbabwe’s largest food producers, suffered losses of $7.2m after culling chickens due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. Irvine’s parent company Innscor on Wednesday said that it had culled 835,000 birds after an avian influenza outbreak at one of its farms. “With the help of the responsible authorities,…

Astral sells feed business to Cargill, to focus on poultry operations

SOUTH AFRICA - Southern African integrated poultry producer Astral Foods is ridding itself of a noncore asset in an effort to sharpen its focus on its poultry business. Astral reported on Wednesday that it had sold off its stake in animal nutrition business Provimi to US-based food and agriculture company Cargill for an undisclosed amount.…

Bird flu costs RCL Foods nearly US$2m

SOUTH AFRICA - One of South Africa’s largest food producers RCL Foods on Wednesday said that it had suffered R26m (US$1.96m) in losses from culling chickens due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza. “(Avian influenza) has recently been detected at the company’s Heuningdal breeder farm in the Western Cape, situated between Malmesbury and…