Baynesfield Training Academy (BTA) has for more than eight years played a small
but meaningful role to supply technically informed, economically aware and
competitively wise decision makers to the South African pig industry. So said
Darrol Hopkins, acting chairperson of the BTA at the academy’s annual general
meeting last week.
Hopkins said that 2019 had been another progressive year of training facility upgrades, capital development, increased production efficiency and ongoing financial stability. After improvements the BTA finished the year with a profit confirming a viable status and relevance to the South African pig industry with reserve funds intact.
manager Rodney Khumalo’s focus on performance under the watchful eye of Gerd
Baum and Dr Heinz Bodenstein has progressively improved pig performance to the
level of a nationally comparable standard.
DAFF again contributed to the piggery management by funding two assistants. Were it not for the disruption in the general industry by AFS and the knock-on effect on pig prices the piggery would most certainly have recorded an even greater final result than stated. The move to an alternate market supply contract this year has also proven financially positive,” Hopkins said.
“During the year an extensive project to reshape the piggery waste and lagoon system was successfully undertaken and completed.
an increase in activity spear headed by our professionally dedicated manager
Thembilihle Ngiba and her team including Boykie Mogase and Sne Dlamini.
Assisted by Kgadi Senyatsi at SAPPO head office in Pretoria a total of 223
trainees attended 21 one-week courses during the year which included three
artificial insemination courses.
Three farmers information days were held and were well supported by almost 300 farmers and interested parties. “The BTA Board and management continue to seek out areas for improvement and to further invest in piggery business efficiencies as well as the experience offered to training,” according to Hopkins.