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There is currently no established cure for Ebola – could antibody treatments be the answer? AHMED JALLANZO/EPA
Guinea pigs cured of Ebola with antibodies, raising hopes for treatment in humansArticle

The Ebola virus outbreak of 2014 in West Africa caused more than 11,000 deaths. At the time, scientists were working on several experimental vaccines and treatments but none were licensed for use in humans...

Pramila Rajil & Alain Townsend 4 Apr 2019

No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry
No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultryArticle

Britain's tortuous progress towards leaving the European Union presents an opportunity for South African poultry producers as post-Brexit trade deals are negotiated...

22 Mar 2019

Astral takes World of Birds under its wings
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Poultry producer Astral Foods has been assisting the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary in Hout Bay, which has been under financial strain over the past 12 months. It has been providing the sanctuary with an R100,000 worth of feed per month since August 2018.

14 Mar 2019

Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector
Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sectorArticle

Economists, trade unions and civic organisations including Fair Play and Proudly SA have added their support to a new application by the SA Poultry Association for a steep increase in import tariffs...

11 Dec 2018

Agricultural safeguard levy will boost the local industry, says FairPlay
Agricultural safeguard levy will boost the local industry, says FairPlayArticle

According to Francois Baird, founder of FairPlay, the recently gazetted agricultural safeguard levy of 35.3% imposed on bone-in chicken cuts will impact importers, not consumers...

9 Nov 2018

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Flu plane: are we really ready for a global pandemic?Article

An Emirates airliner was quarantined at John F Kennedy International Airport on September 5 after several passengers reported flu-like symptoms...

Mark Eccleston-Turner 17 Sep 2018

EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strong
EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strongArticle

Poultry production in the European Union (EU) rose by nearly 4% in the first quarter of the year due to fewer outbreaks of avian influenza and new poultry units coming on stream...

24 Jul 2018

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Strict biosecurity recommended as winter brings renewed risk of bird flu outbreakArticle

Bird flu was thought to be largely under control. Reports last month of new cases on farms in the North West province and among seabirds along the Western Cape coastline, however, sparked fears that the bird flu epidemic might flare up again...

7 May 2018

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Poultry farmers urged to watch out for avian fluArticle

DAFF has called on poultry farmers in coastal areas to be on high alert and improve their biosecurity amid fears of a fresh outbreak of the deadly avian flu after the spread of H5N8 avian flu to African penguins along the coast of the Western Cape...

Bekezela Phakathi 27 Mar 2018

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SADC updates bird flu disaster response planArticle

Southern African countries, jolted by a debilitating avian influenza outbreak in 2017, which left an extensive effect on the region, have reviewed and updated the regional preparedness and response plan...

15 Mar 2018

A chicken in every pot for Astral Foods
A chicken in every pot for Astral FoodsArticle

Astral Foods, the big bird of the JSE's poultry sector, seems set to wing its way to bumper profits in the half-year to March. The upbeat Astral trading statement confirms a vibrant trend in the local poultry sector...

Marc Hasenfuss 7 Mar 2018

More focus on dog food and less on sugar does the trick for RCL Foods
More focus on dog food and less on sugar does the trick for RCL FoodsArticle

A greater focus on more profitable products such as dog food brand Canine Cuisine rather than commodities like chicken and sugar helped RCL Foods to more than double its profit on a small drop in sales...

Robert Laing 28 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural output
#Budget2018: Efficient use of public funds essential to optimise SA's agricultural outputArticle

Budget speech should address some of the sector's challenges to ensure food security...

Wessel Lemmer 20 Feb 2018

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Bird flu wipes out R954m, SA turns to importsArticle

Due to the avian flu outbreak, farms affected have had to cull all birds and recall and destroy all eggs. The decline in the production of eggs and chickens has resulted in SA relying on imported chickens to meet demand...

15 Feb 2018

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Spread of avian influenza in WC poultry sector haltedArticle

No new cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. Laboratory tests have, however, confirmed the presence of the H5N8 virus in swift terns...

10 Jan 2018

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Festive season will see higher egg prices due to avian fluArticle

Due to the avian influenza outbreak that hit the poultry industry as it was starting to recover from drought, the price of eggs is set to increase further. This after a significant jump in the past few months...

8 Dec 2017

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SAPA calls for investigation into Brazil's chicken producersArticle

A recent report exposed horrific working conditions at some Brazilian poultry producers that amount to slave labour. If the report is correct, it shows totally unacceptable working conditions at facilities supplying a huge amount of chicken meat to SA...

7 Dec 2017

MoU unites African countries against chicken dumping, fights for level playing field
MoU unites African countries against chicken dumping, fights for level playing fieldArticle

The heads of the Ghanaian and South African poultry industries were among the signatories to a Memorandum of Understanding opposing the "pernicious trade practice of dumping and predatory pricing."

6 Dec 2017

Western Cape set to get poultry sector going again
Western Cape set to get poultry sector going againArticle

"State vets are working with farms to disinfect their chicken houses so that they can start restocking. Common practice is for sentinel birds to be placed in houses as a method of detecting any trace of the virus."

27 Nov 2017

FEDHASA members put measures in place to make sure egg supply meets guest demand
FEDHASA members put measures in place to make sure egg supply meets guest demandArticle

According to FEDHASA, member establishments have put measures in place to ensure they are not affected by the egg shortage caused by the avian flu outbreak...

16 Nov 2017

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Avian flu hits egg supplyArticle

An increasing shortage of eggs in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces is expected to expand into other parts of the country, pushing up prices of what is considered to be one of the cheapest forms of protein....

Shaun Gillham 1 Nov 2017

Department working to control avian flu outbreak
Department working to control avian flu outbreakArticle

To date, a total of 92 locations have been identified that tested positive for HPAI H5N8, and reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health...

24 Oct 2017

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Afgri heads back to poultry businessArticle

Agricultural investment company Afgri is re-entering the poultry business through its subsidiary Philafrica Foods in a 50-50 joint venture in northern Mozambique...

Neels Blom 19 Oct 2017

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Bird flu outbreak sees egg shortage, hefty price increases on the cards for SAArticle

The bird flu outbreak in South Africa has wiped out more than 15% of layer hens and with the resultant shortage of table eggs, comes the prospect of hefty price increases...

18 Oct 2017

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Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmersArticle

Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed...

16 Oct 2017

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Bird Flu detected in Joburg, but don't panic say officialsArticle

There has been evidence in various parts of the city including around Westdene Dam, Emmarentia Dam, Zoo Lake and the Joburg Zoo that some birds had been infected with the flu...

6 Oct 2017

Province-wide plan for avian influenza outbreak
Province-wide plan for avian influenza outbreakArticle

The Western Cape government has initiated a province-wide recovery plan to combat the impact of the avian influenza outbreak on agriculture...

4 Oct 2017

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Spread of bird flu ruffles Quantum Foods' feathersArticle

Egg producer Quantum Foods' share price fell 13% after it said avian influenza had spread to more of its hen houses in the Western Cape...

Robert Laing 3 Oct 2017

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Country Bird backtracks on bird supplyArticle

CEO of Country Bird Holdings, who has confirmed his company will not be renewing its bid for Sovereign Foods, has been asked to retract comments about supplying chickens to companies that do not have...

26 Sep 2017

American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu control
American poultry expert shares gold standard for avian flu controlArticle

American poultry expert Dr. Fidelis Hegngi briefed African government delegates on avian influenza and said that 24 hours from detection to depopulation is the ideal for effective avian influenza control...

21 Sep 2017

Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms
Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farmsArticle

Quantum Foods has become the latest major South African poultry producer to report a bird flu outbreak which has affected at least two of its commercial layer farms in the Western Cape...

Andries Mahlangu 20 Sep 2017

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Farmers to bear costs of culled poultryArticle

The poultry industry, reeling from the deadly avian flu outbreak, has been dealt another potential blow with the DAFF confirming it will only compensate farmers for the culling of uninfected birds...

Bekezela Phakathi 15 Sep 2017

Government affirms support for poultry industry
Government affirms support for poultry industryArticle

The South African government has affirmed its support for the domestic poultry industry in the aftermath of the bird flu outbreak. Negotiations regarding compensation, trade, etc. ongoing...

4 Sep 2017

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New bird flu cases reportedArticle

South Africa has reported eight new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 to the World Organisation for Animal Health, bringing the total number of outbreaks to 24...

29 Aug 2017

Avian influenza detected on a cape poultry farm
Avian influenza detected on a cape poultry farmArticle

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer poultry farm...

28 Aug 2017

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Shares in Astral Foods suffer after it warns that bird flu costs have risenArticle

The share price of Astral Foods fell 4% to R148.16 after it warned shareholders that outbreaks of bird flu at two of its poultry breeding farms had cost it about R50m...

Robert Laing 25 Aug 2017

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Western Cape Department of Agriculture on possible incidence of bird flu in Western CapeArticle

The WC Department of Agriculture is investigating possible incidences of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza, type H5N8, on two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Both farms have been placed under quarantine...

14 Aug 2017

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Avian flu adds more woes to poultry sectorArticle

It spreads fast, is deadly to poultry and is potentially extremely costly, especially for an industry that is already reeling from the pressures of competing in global markets...

Mark Allix 10 Aug 2017

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Zim, SA lose one million chickens to bird fluArticle

Zimbabwe and SA have lost over one million chickens to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, it has been learnt. The disease hit the two countries recently, threatening the livelihood and food security status of...

Elita Chikwati 8 Aug 2017

RCL Foods confirms bird flu outbreak at breeder facility
RCL Foods confirms bird flu outbreak at breeder facilityArticle

Food producer RCL Foods has reported an outbreak of avian influenza in one its 18 shed on its Viva farm near Mulderdrift, Gauteng - a relatively small breeder facility...

8 Aug 2017

Retrenched poultry workers top summit's agenda
Retrenched poultry workers top summit's agendaArticle

The FairPlay Social Support Summit focused on the impact of dumped chicken imports, particularly on industry workers and rural subsistence chicken farmers...

7 Aug 2017

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Deadly bird flu hits second Astral farmArticle

Astral Foods says a second outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian flu virus has been confirmed and isolated at its poultry-breeding facility at the Grootdraai dam near Standerton in Mpumalanga...

3 Aug 2017

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Avian flu hits againArticle

Lanark Farm in Beatrice has been hit again by a highly pathogenic avian influenza, the second time that the farm has had such an attack. The current outbreak has been confirmed to be linked to the first one...

Elita Chikwati 1 Aug 2017

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Partial lifting of ban on South African eggsArticle

The National Veterinary Directorate in Mozambique's Ministry of Agriculture has lifted the ban on the import of chicken eggs from South Africa, subject to certain conditions...

25 Jul 2017

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AgriSA concerned about suspension of top officialArticle

AgriSA is concerned about the impact that the suspension of the agriculture director-general will have on the industry. Mike Mlengana had been suspended with immediate effect, just under a year after he was appointed...

17 Jul 2017

Bird flu spreads to two more farms
Bird flu spreads to two more farmsArticle

Two more farms have been affected by bird flu (H5N8), bringing the total number of affected properties to four. The new locations are commercial layer chicken farms in Mpumalanga and Gauteng...

13 Jul 2017

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Decisive action needed to contain bird flu outbreakArticle

As a result of the bird flu outbreak, exports will now be negatively impacted as neighbouring countries have imposed import bans...

Wessel Lemmer 10 Jul 2017

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Experts say bird flu not a threat to humansArticle

The SA Poultry Association has warned all types of chicken are at risk of contracting bird flu, whether free-range, hardbody or conventionally bred live chickens...

Kgaugelo Masweneng 7 Jul 2017

Poultry sales in SA 'not affected by outbreak'
Poultry sales in SA 'not affected by outbreak'Article

There has been no negative local market reaction to the outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu, the South African Poultry Association says..

Bekezela Phakathi 30 Jun 2017

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SA's neighbours ban poultry imports over bird fluArticle

Four of South Africa's neighbours have banned poultry imports from the rainbow nation following a serious outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza...

28 Jun 2017

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