Does the consumer really pick up feeding system differences in beef quality and sensory attributes?

Beef cattle in general are either fed in feedlots on a grain-based diet or raised on veld with or without supplementation. Feedlot animals are normally younger animals and are often supplemented with the beta-agonist, zilpaterol.  Zilpaterol is used to enhance growth performance and produce larger carcasses. Most carcasses from animals slaughtered out of feedlots are […]

Sheep market trends

New Zealand’s lamb market may be supported by the supply shortages of Australian lamb in the short term, according to ABSA AgriTrends. Local lamb and mutton prices are expected to trade sideways to lower, in line with seasonality. The market has witnessed increased demand as lockdown restrictions are eased and the weather becomes warmer, both […]

Beef market trends

Both global and local beef prices are expected to increase going forward, as sit-down and takeaway restaurants reopen, given the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, resulting in improved demand levels, according to ABSA AgriTrends. International beef market During the week of 18 September 2020, the price for steers and cows rose 0.9% and 2.5% respectively […]

Traceability: beyond the tag

Any farmer who thinks that a tag in the ear represents a traceability system for a beef herd is far off the mark; it simply links the animal to a production unit. Traceability involves more than simply identifying animals and keeping track of a particular livestock unit throughout the value chain. It entails a complete […]

Early warning system for livestock diseases developed

Like humans, animals are threatened by deadly pandemics that spread quickly and, in the case of commercial livestock, decimate herds and flocks. The Thola infrared imaging tool is being developed by local black economic empowerment start-up company 3DIMO. It is in the final stages of phase one of a pilot project involving several emerging farmers […]

Younger generation has no appetite for lab-grown meat, study shows

Despite having a great concern for the environment and animal welfare, 72% of Generation Z-members are not ready to accept cultured meat, a new research project has found. Cultured meat was defined for the purposes of the survey as a lab-grown meat alternative produced by in-vitro cell cultures of animal cells, instead of from slaughtered […]

Innovative policies needed for increasing meat demand

Africa may import as much as 20% of animal source foods such as beef, poultry and milk by 2050 if it does not adopt innovative policies to meet increasing demand, a report warns. The report, which was  published by the Malabo Montpellier Panel in July, says that the average African as of 2013 consumed about 19 kilograms of meat […]

Yes, you can eat yourself happy

The latest science is proving that a healthy diet isn’t only better for you, it’s a mood booster, too. But even the researchers are surprised with the results. Her 2017 SMILES trial. showed that the group who followed a modified Mediterranean diet for three months had reduced their depressive symptoms to the point where one-third met the […]

Prospects for increased meat demand in sub-Saharan Africa

According to a recent IMS Economics Webinar, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is a large, complex but exciting market prospect. It represents a market of 1.1 billion people where the population is rising faster than any other continent in the world. There has been a significant income growth in recent years in many of the countries – […]

BFAP baseline projections

The 2020 edition of the BFAP (Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy), South African Baseline, presenting an outlook of agricultural production, consumption, prices and trade in South Africa for the period 2020 to 2029, was recently released. Beefindustry As the effects of recent herd rebuilding start to show, additional supply is expected in 2020 and […]