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Rift Valley fever confirmed in the Free State
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries stated in a media release on 16 May 2018 that Rift Valley fever has been confirmed at one farm in the Jacobsdal area in the Free State. So far, it is the only farm reported to be affected and further investigations are being carried out by the local veterinary services. To read the media release, click HERE.
Rift Valley fever is caused by a virus carried by mosquitoes. It affects cattle, sheep and goats and causes abortions and deaths, especially in young animals. Humans can become infected with Rift Valley fever if they come into contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected animal or an aborted foetus. Care should be taken when handling animals that may be infected or the carcasses of animals that have died of the disease. Symptoms in humans resemble influenza but some individuals may develop more serious complications. If a person suspects that they might have been infected with Rift Valley fever they should see a doctor without delay.
Farmers are advised to vaccinate their animals against Rift Valley fever. Live vaccines can only be used in non-pregnant animals as the live vaccine can cause abortions. Only inactivated vaccines are suitable for use in pregnant animals. Please take care when vaccines are administered after outbreaks have been detected; use a clean needle for each animal as the virus can be spread from one animal to another if the animals have contracted the infection but are still in the incubation period. Animals in the incubation period have contracted the virus but are not yet showing symptoms of the disease. 
All livestock farmers in South Africa are advised to vaccinate all their cattle, sheep and goats annually or at least once during weaning.
For user-friendly information about Rift Valley fever, the symptoms of infection in dairy animals, the treatment and prevention thereof, compiled by MPO chief executive Dr Chris van Dijk, click HERE.  
Ingevoerde langlewemelk en die produsenteprys

’n Groeiende behoefte aan gerief speel ’n groot rol in huidige marktendense. Van toestelle tot voedsel – hoe makliker dit is om te gebruik, hoe beter! Maar dit is nie noodwendig altyd vir almal goeie nuus nie. MPO-ekonoom dr. Koos Coetzee het in ’n TV-onderhoud wat op KykNET se program Grootplaas uitgesaai is, gesels oor watter invloed die invoer van langlewemelk op produsentepryse in Suid-Afrika het. Klik HIER om na die interessante onderhoud te kyk.
Notes on South Africa's agricultural jobs market

According to Wandile Sihlobo, Agbiz economist, the agricultural sector is still regarded as a sector that could potentially absorb large numbers of unemployed South Africans, particularly from the low-skilled and rural labour force. In fact, the National Development Plan notes that the sector has the potential to create an additional million jobs by 2030 if conditions highlighted in the document are met. To read more, click HERE.
Grondwetlike Hersieningskomitee wysig program

Die Grondwetlike Hersieningskomitee wat aangestel is om Artikel 25 en ander toepaslike artikels van die Grondwet te hersien ten einde grondonteiening sonder vergoeding in openbare belang vir die staat moontlik te maak en om voorstelle vir die wysiging van die Grondwet in dié verband te maak, het die program van openbare konsultasie gewysig. Die sperdatum vir skriftelike voorleggings is nou 15 Junie. Die datum waarop die komitee aan die Parlement sal terugrapporteer, is uitgestel tot 11 September. Die komiteelede was redelik krities oor die massas voorleggings wat deur middel van WhatsApp- en internet-petisies ingestuur word en het dit duidelik gemaak dat hulle besorg is oor groepe wat die proses probeer frustreer deur duisende internet-voorleggings in te dien. Die MPO is tans besig om ’n voorlegging namens melkprodusente voor te berei vir indiening by die Grondwetlike Hersieningskomitee. Om die kennisgewing te lees, klik HIER.
Diesel Refund Survey

AgriSA is running a survey to determine whether farmers are experiencing delays in receiving diesel refunds from Sars. The survey will help AgriSA to identify any specific regional problems experienced by farmers. We urge our members to promote the survey to ensure that we receive the necessary inputs. The survey can be completed online at: Please complete the survey by 31 May 2018.
Rina Belcher praat oor prestasie by SA Suiwelkampioenskappe

Die mede-eienaar van die bekende Belnori boetiekkaasmakery, Rina Belcher, het in ’n TV-onderhoud wat op KykNET se program Grootplaas uitgesaai is, gesels oor die vier toekennings wat hulle by die SA Suiwelkampioenskappe ingepalm het. Rina het ook vertel hoe die bedryf oor die jare verbeter het. Om na die onderhoud te kyk, klik HIER.


Successful MPO KZN roadshows

MPO KwaZulu-Natal held roadshows on 2 and 3 May this year. Meetings were held at Rose Cottage near Winterton, Karkloof Country Club near Howick, and Underberg Country Club. The meeting in Karkloof was also attended by students from Cedara.
Dr Chris van Dijk gave a presentation on the dairy situation with an emphasis on current production, imports and exports. He also focused on the 3Ps of the MPO, namely profitability, people and planet.
David Hensey from Sanlam focused on offshore investments, what benefits one can expect, how to protect one’s investments against the risk of rand depreciation and exposure to political risk.
Rob Walker of Barenbrug gave advice on how to grow more, graze more and make more money. Producers need to focus on improvement to produce more with better efficiencies.
Martin Barnard of Nolands shared information on specialised services and innovated solutions, in particular trusts. He highlighted the benefits of a trust such as estate planning and asset protection; he also discussed special trusts, flow through, continuation and tax planning.
NWK stel ’n direkteur vir transformasie aan

NWK Beperk (NWK) het Tebogo Benedict Modise as direkteur: transformasie met ingang 1 Junie 2018 aangestel. Sy aanstelling vir hierdie nuwe pos is 'n verdere stap in die bestuur van die hernieude NWK-sakestrategie met die doel om betekenisvolle waarde toe te voeg tot die Suid-Afrikaanse landbou- en voedselwaardeketting as 'n dinamiese en klantgerigte vennoot in 'n veranderende sake-omgewing. Persverklaring. Klik HIER om meer te lees.


NWK se hoof- uitvoerende beampte Theo Rabe wens Benedict Modise geluk
met sy aanstelling as NWK Beperk se eerste direkteur: transformasie.
Rediscover Dairy March 2018 available

Milk SA’s Consumer Education Project publishes a quarterly newsletter, Rediscover Dairy,  with up-to-date news about the health and nutritional benefits of dairy. Every quarter, Rediscover Dairy will share what industry experts and scientists have to say about the goodness of dairy.To read the newsletter, click HERE.
Raise a glass to milk on World Milk Day!

The MPO is preparing to join nearly 80 countries worldwide in drinking a toast to milk and milk products when World Milk Day 2018 is celebrated on 1 June. 
From the first World Milk Day which was celebrated in 2001, this event has grown to become one of the most important events on the dairy calendars of 77 countries in 2017. #Worldmilkday was celebrated over 72 hours in 77 countries at 583 different events in honour of a product that is so much more than the sum of its many nutrients – milk!
The value of dairy products in a healthy lifestyle will be celebrated this year by the MPO through the following activities:
  • A media campaign to create awareness of the versatility of dairy.
  • Promoting milk as a sports drink in collaboration with Milk SA’s Consumer Education Project at Crossfit Radium in Centurion and distributing milk sponsored by Clover.
  • Two school visits in KwaZulu-Natal by dairy farmers to  emphasise the importance of dairy for healthy, active and smart children and distribute UHT milk sachets sponsored by Orange Grove Dairy to each pupil.
Join the MPO in raising a glass to milk on 1 June! To read more, click HERE.
Ask Dairy: The new online tool that answers all your questions about dairy

With the new online tool of the Consumer Education Project of Milk SA you will have all the dairy-related information you need at your fingertips. Simply go to to have a look.
Navigating almost like an application on your phone, the tool is easily accessible and user-friendly. A simple question-and-answer format offers useful dairy-related information in brief bursts. Almost 100 entries cover questions across six categories, namely nutrition, health, animal welfare, quality and safety, environment and sustainability, and dairy products. Consumers who want to know more after reading the brief answers are directed to
In addition to the question-and-answer section, the tool includes a consumer survey called “Do the Dairy Diary”. Here consumers can assess their daily dairy intake by answering brief questions about their consumption of milk, maas, yoghurt and cheese. Consumers are directed to the “Ask Dairy” section at the end of the survey. The online tool will be promoted mainly on mobile devices but will also be available on the  website under the menu item: Ask Dairy. Click HERE to have a look.
Skeduleer jou melkplaasopleiding nou

Helene Pheiffer, bestuurder: opleidings- en transformasiedienste van die MPO, rig ’n versoek aan melkprodusente om hul melkplaasopleiding so gou moontlik te skeduleer. Die MPO-opleidingsinstituut is besig om sy skedule van opleidingskursusse by te werk. Die kursusse, waarvan sommige deel uitmaak van Melk SA se projekte, is gerig op melkplaaswerkers, toesighouers en -bestuurders. Klik HIER vir besonderhede oor die opleidingsprogramme wat aangebied word. Kontak Chantel Joubert by 012 843 5747 of stuur ‘n e-pos aan
Introducing the Legenda(i)ry board game

The MPO Training Institute is excited to introduce the Legenda(i)ry board game, which is an alternative training method based on the Dairy Standard Agency’s Code of Practice for Milk Producers. Legenda(i)ry was developed with the aim of training farmworkers to maintain the integrity of the milk on the farm effectively and to manage the supply chain correctly. The board game engages the participants in dairy standards for product composition and food safety, animal health, animal feed, dairy parlour hygiene, transporting milk, processing facilities and conservation. The MPO plans to give an award to the best dairy farm team based on the results of the board game at the end of 2018.
The game was recently successfully piloted at Willow Valley Farm in Cullinan. To watch a video of the Legenda(i)ry board game being played by farm workers, click HERE.

Trouw Nutrition competition for Eastern Cape dairy farmers

Eastern Cape dairy farmers stand a chance to win 20 bags of Sprayfo Blue milk replacer valued at R14 500 from Trouw Nutrition. To enter, simply email or WhatsApp a photo of your calves to or 082 451 7966. Include the heading Trouw Nutrition, your name, surname, contact number and farming district or address. Find competition and entry details on the bookmark inserted in the May and June issues of The Dairy Mail. For more information, click HERE.

Vat vyf met hierdie nutriënte

Voel jy of jy van jou kop af raak as jou voedingkundige begin praat van verbyvloeiproteïene, fermenteerbare koolhidraatfraksies en stadig verteerbare stysel? Kom ons laat die verskriklike terminologie daar en gesels oor die vyf belangrikste nutriënte wat binne elke boer se beheer is. Om verder te lees, blaai na bladsy 79 van die Mei-uitgawe van The Dairy Mail. Om die digitale weergawe van The Dairy Mail te lees, besoek

Enter the 2018 The Dairy Mail Innovation Awards!
If your company has launched or will launch an innovative, cutting-edge product in the South African dairy market between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, then you should enter the 2018 The Dairy Mail Innovation Awards.

By entering you:
  • raise your personal or company profile – shortlisted and winning entries are promoted to our readers all over the country, offering fantastic coverage;
  • prove your knowledge – increasing your reputation within the industry; and
  • align yourself with excellence – the The Dairy Mail Innovation Awards are all about celebrating excellence.
The winner will be announced at the annual MPO gala dinner and receive a five-page spread in the December issue of The Dairy Mail (valued at over R60 000). To read more, click HERE.

Hoe die MPO melkboere help om goeie rentmeesters te wees

Die MPO is besig met ’n verskeidenheid aktiwiteite wat daarop gemik is om melkboere te help om hulle rentmeesterskap te verbeter. Barbara Bieldt, bestuurder: markbevordering en voldoeningsdienste van die MPO, het in ’n TV-onderhoud wat op KykNET se program Grootplaas uitgesaai is, gesels oor die riglyne wat deur die MPO ontwikkel is met betrekking tot die magtigings- en registrasieproses vir watergebruik op melkplase. Sy het ook meer vertel oor die MPO 3P Metric, ’n instrument wat ontwikkel is om volhoubaarheid op melkplase te meet. Om na die interessante onderhoud te kyk, klik HIER.
 Celebrating stewardship in South Africa
After the successful launch of The Dairy Mail Stewardship Awards in 2017, The Dairy Mail is again inviting nominations for 2018. In keeping with the strategic goal of the MPO, sustainable dairy farming for everyone, we believe that good stewardship should be recognised and rewarded. If you know a dairy farmer who is the epitome of a good dairy steward, nominate him or her in the second annual The Dairy Mail Stewardship Awards competition.
Nominated farmers should excel in at least one of these areas:
  • Are they good stewards of the land?
  • Do they produce milk that is healthy, wholesome and safe to drink?
  • Are animals and humans on the farm treated with care and consideration?
  • Are they running a profitable dairy business?
To enter, complete the entry form and submit your nomination to the editor at by 31 May 2018. There will be a judging process, including a farm visit, and farms will all be judged on the MPO 3P Metric. Nominated farmers will also receive feedback based on this report in order to further improve their sustainability efforts. The winner will be announced at the annual MPO gala dinner and receive a five-page spread in the December issue of The Dairy Mail (valued at over R60 000). To read more, click HERE.
Kollig op Renmeesterskap-toekenning vir melkboere en Kode vir Beste Praktyk

Dr Chris van Dijk, uitvoerende hoof van die MPO, het in ’n TV-onderhoud wat op KykNET se program Grootplaas uitgesaai is, verduidelik wat die Rentmeesterskap-toekenning vir melkboere alles behels.
Jompie Burger van die Suiwelstandaard Agentskap het tydens dieselfde program ook meer
vertel oor hul nuwe Kode vir Beste Praktyk wat onlangs bekendgestel is. Om na die interessante opname te kyk, klik HIER.
Disclaimer: The MPO Milk Bulletin is compiled from sources deemed reliable. However, the publisher accepts no responsibility for any errors or the effect of any decisions based on this publication.
Vrywaring: Alhoewel die MPO Melkbulletin saamgestel word uit bronne wat as betroubaar beskou word, neem die uitgewers geen verantwoordelikheid vir aksies of verliese wat weens die gebruik van hierdie inligting mag ontstaan nie.
Contact us / Kontak ons
Dr Chris van Dijk
Chief executive / Uitvoerende hoof
Barbara Bieldt
 Market development and compliance services manager / Bestuurder: markontwikkeling en voldoeningsdienste
Dr Koos Coetzee
Economist / Ekonoom
Philip Swart
Producer services manager / Bestuurder: produsentedienste

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