WANDILE SIHLOBO: Countries that stayed open softened blow of disease outbreaks to beef exports
Though the 2022 figure was 12% down on 2021’s , this is only a little below the 10-year average
SA’s livestock industry has faced many challenges over the past few years. One of these has been the rise in feed prices since 2020, especially for maize and soybeans. This coincided with increased financial strain on consumers due to the damaging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Demand for red meat products thus declined as consumers opted for cheaper forms of protein.
The spread of foot-and-mouth disease to six of the nine provinces for the first time yet was another challenge for the industry. This resulted in temporary bans being imposed by certain export markets, extending to auctions and livestock movement, mainly cattle, for part of 2022. ..
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