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The increased demand for red meat in South Africa

Meat
South Africa
Market & Price Trends
Published Feb 12, 2024

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The Red Meat Producers' Organization (RPO) and other stakeholders have developed Vision 2030, a plan to grow South Africa's red meat industry by 20% and contribute over R12 billion to the country's GDP. The strategy involves incremental improvements in herd performance, technology use, better pasture management, climate-smart farming, and efficient cross-breeding. The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is supporting this vision by developing a training manual for climate-smart cattle farming and a project to help communal farmers sell unproductive oxen, as they own 40-50% of the national cattle herd.
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Technology, improved techniques and science must be harnessed to increase production on the available land. He believes every producer can use adapted farming methods to produce more kilograms of meat per hectare, without harming pastures. This can happen by making easy adjustments, such as better pasture management to ensure that farming is sustainable, as well as climate-smart farming. Breeds that can adapt to the environment as well as efficient cross-breeding will be able to increase meat production. Prof Scholtz's advice to commercial breeders is that the basis of their cow herds should still be purebred heifers. Commercial red meat production “One also often wonders if there are enough breeding bulls for commercial breeders. Although the stud industry in South Africa is on strong legs, we still need to look at the amount of bulls that are pushed into the market," he says. He believes one small change that commercial breeders can make is to instead look at performance-tested ...
Source: Agriorbit
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