On 11 October, the South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC) held their annual carcass competition prize-giving ceremony in Pretoria. The aim of the competition is to grant farmers an opportunity to measure their farming practices against the market and consumer requirements. From the Business Development portfolio, 10 farmers from various provinces participated with a total of 147 carcasses judged. According to SAMIC, there was a drop on the Single Carcass Champion from the previous cycle (93,5% vs 92,9%) and an increase in the average Group of 3 Champion score (88,5% vs 90,5%). SAMIC and SAPPO’s business development managers will be visiting all the participants to discuss their individual results.
The recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal became quite a challenge for our planned show at Darnall Abattoir, as a few of our annual competitors couldn’t enter due to movement restrictions.
The national overall winner for the current year is Paul Mocwiri of Mocwiri Livestock in Mareetsane in the North West, whereas Lindokuhle Madlala from Soguba Farming in Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal won the overall prize for new entrant farmers.
Congratulations to all the winners and, together with SAMIC, SAPPO encourages more farmers to take part in the future.
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) coordinates industry interventions and collaboratively manages risks in the value chain to enable the sustainability and profitability of pork producers in South Africa.