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…

A’Saffa Foods signs financing deal for poultry project expansion

OMAN - A’Saffa Foods SAOG, Oman’s largest fully integrated poultry and processed food producer, has signed a financing deal with Bank Muscat for RO 31.5 million (US$82 million) to finance the company’s expansion plans in the Sultanate. According to the company, the massive expansion project will double the production capacity of A’Saffa Foods from the…

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.…

RCL Foods say their new pet-food plant plans are on track

SOUTH AFRICA - RCL Foods, formerly known as Rainbow Chickens, said in its latest annual report released yesterday that its new pet-food plant was on track. “The commissioning of the new R123m pet-food plant is on track, with full production expected by December 2017. “The plant will feature innovation and technology that is not currently…

USDA gives green light to China’s poultry inspections

USA - The “our beef for your chicken deal” hatched by President Donald Trump with the People’s Republic of China last May appears to be on track. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday quietly released the final audit report showing China’s inspection system for poultry processing is equivalent to U.S. systems and standards. An onsite review…