…As prices are estimated to be 66% higher than last year
By Hilary Mare
NAMIBIA continues to increase its export of weaners to South Africa in 2018 with 126,354 head of weaners exported from the beginning of year, the Meat Board of Namibia has said.
The total number for exported weaners the same period in 2017 was at 107,682.
“This is 37 percent more than the 5 year average of 92,345 weaners exported,” the Meat Board further stated last week.
The average weaner price realised in 2018 to date is N$32.65/kg, which is 66 percent more than what was realised during the same period in 2017, and 53 percent more than the 5 year average weaner price.
“In monetary value, it is calculated that Namibia and weaner producers earned N$443 million more on weaner sales during 2018 than in 2017. The value of a market should thus never be under estimated,” extended the Meat Board.
Last year, Confidente reported that the weaner calf shortage and tightened supply in South Africa had created a demand for Namibian weaners providing much relief for the ailing national meat industry.
This meant that Namibian weaner producers had been able to fetch better prices for their weaners which subsequently increased their income and purchasing power.
“Due to tightened supply and a higher demand in South Africa markets, as well as the lower production costexperienced by feedlots, the Namibian weaner prices followed an upward trend.
“After the 2016 drought, South Africa received good rains which resulted in producers rebuilding their herds which led to less South African weaners being available to the feedlots. There is an average price difference of approximately N$8.58 between the average weaner price in Namibia and South Africa. An increasing trend in the weaner prices can be observed in both countries although more significantly so in South Africa. The Price is expected to increase gradually,” General Manager of Meat Board, Paul Strydom, noted at the time.
In July 2016, the South African Directorate of Animal Health announced new conditions for the import of livestock from Namibia.
In the revised conditions, small stock must be moved into an isolation camp for the period of preparation for export andindividual identification of small stock is required by means of an ear tag with a unique number for each animal. As per agreement between the Directorate of Veterinary Services and the Meat Board, these ear tags are purchased and disseminated by the Meat Board.
Further, a list of the ear tag numbers should accompany the animals to their end destination, small stock should come from a farm that is certified free from Brucella Mellitensis or each animal in the group that will be exported must be tested within thirty (30) days before export.Sheep rams for breeding purposes must be tested for brucella ovis within thirty (30) days before export, sheep should be treated against sheep scab during the period of preparation for export, small stock should be treated against internal and external parasites seventy-two (72) hours before export and loading of small stock for export may only be done under veterinary supervision.
It has been reported that Namibia currently exports some 180 000 weaners, 90 000 sheep and 250 000 goats to South Africa every year and the N$2 billion industry is the livelihood of especially small-scale and communal farmers.
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