MPO Milk Bulletin 27 October 2017


ARC awards top national dairy performers

The ARC annual National Dairy Performers Awards were presented at the Agri Expo Livestock, Sandringham, near Stellenbosch on Friday,13 October 2017, on behalf of the National Dairy Recording and Improvement Scheme of ARC-AP. The purpose of the Master Dairyman competition is to acknowledge South Africa’s most outstanding achievers in breeding genetically superior animals, using performance recording and performance testing as tools. Recognition will be given to superior commercial and small-scale herds and awards will be allocated to specific categories. The top herds in the regions participating in performance recording via Intergis were identified based on objective production and reproduction standards, as well as specific managerial criteria. Official milk recording for at least three years is essential for a herd to qualify for any award. The finalists in the milk recording regions received visits by a judging panel of four members, each focusing on a list of applicable criteria.
E Zeeman received the ARC National Herd with the Best Somatic Cell Count award with 182 000 cells/ml while the ARC National Best Performing Milking Team award went to Robertson Broers. HJ Rall received the ARC National Herd with the Best Intercalving Period award with 381 days. Barnet Business Trust ‒ co-owned and managed by Tshilidze Matshidzula ‒ received the ARC Special Award for a Commercial Dairy Producer of the Year 2017. Willie Jacobs, who is the chairperson of the MPO’s Ladybrand branch was crowned as the ARC National Small-scale Dairyman of the Year 2017 while the ARCNational Master Dairyman of the Year 2017 award was won by the J.K. Basson Familietrust.
The MPO congratulates these top dairy performers on their achievements! To read more, click HERE.

Willie Jacobs, National Small-scale Dairyman of the Year 2017; J. van den Berg, herd manager, J.K. Basson Familietrust,  National Master Dairyman of the Year 2017; and Tshilidze Matshidzula, Barnett Business Trust, Special Award for a Commercial Dairy Producer of the Year 2017.

 Farmers and agriculturists recognised for outstanding achievements in agriculture

The Agricultural Writers SA North handed awards for outstanding achievements in Pretoria to three commercial farmers, a new entrant into commercial agriculture, and three agriculturists on Friday, 20 October 2017.
One of the aims of these awards is to give prominence to the role that farmers and agriculturists play in the agricultural sector in South Africa. The recipients of the awards also impact on the broader economy of the country and the southern African region.
The candidates will all participate in the national awards ceremony of the Agricultural Writers SA in Bloemfontein on 10 November when the National Farmer, New Entrant into Commercial Agriculture and Agriculturist of the Year will be announced.
Dr Koos Coetzee, MPO economist, received the award for Gauteng Agriculturist of the Year with Dr Elsje Joubert and Dr Annemie Erasmus receiving the awards for Limpopo and North West Agriculturist of Year, respectively. Dr Brylyne Chitsunge from Elpasso Farms in Gauteng received the award for New Entrant into Commercial Agriculture. Farmer of the Year awards went to Vito Rugani Greenway Farms in Gauteng, Piet Engelbrecht, Piet Engelbrecht Trust family enterprise in Limpopo and Xolani Gumede, Cappeny Estates in KwaZulu-Natal.
The MPO congratulates the recipients of these awards, in particular, Dr Coetzee, on their outstanding achievements!

Kobus Steenekamp, MD, Monsanto SA; Dr Elsje Joubert, agriculturist Limpopo; Dr Annemie Erasmus, agriculturist, North West; Dr Koos Coetzee, agriculturist, Gauteng;  Magda du Toit, chairperson, Agricultural Writers SA North.

Prestigious awards for Fair Cape dairy cows

Doing the right thing and providing the herd with the best care possible is par for the course for Fair Cape Dairies. And while all farmers will tell you that their animals are beautiful, Jannie Loubser was pleased to get confirmation at the Sandringham Dairy Expo that his cows stand head and shoulders above the rest. The Sandringham judges were looking for the black-and- white Holstein cow that conformed the most closely to the breed standard. They presented the prestigious SA Grand Champion and Reserve Champion awards to the P.E. Loubser Dairy Farm (the home of Fair Cape Dairies’ happy cows).Press release.
The MPO congratulates Jannie Loubser and Fair Cape Dairies on their achievements!

SA Grand Champion Holstein cow.
SA Reserve Champion Holstein cow.
Milk celebrated in Eastern Cape schools

Milk once again was the hero when this year’s School Milk Day celebrations with the theme “Dairy Gives You Go” were concluded at at Graslaagte Primary School in Humansdorp and Coega Primary School in Port Elizabeth on 18 and 19 October 2017.
The importance of having milk, amasi or yoghurt every day to help children stay healthy and strong was emphasised during the build-up to the events. The vital role of local dairy farmers was stressed with a message that local dairy farmers should be supported.
The schools also received learning material developed by Milk SA’s CEP in advance, to guide teachers and educate learners about the nutritional and health benefits of milk and other dairy products.
After working through the learning material, the children’s knowledge was tested by a Grade-appropriate dairy quizz and colouring-in competitions. The winners of the competitions in each Grade were announced at the School Milk Day events and received sponsored by Woodlands Dairy and Coega Dairy.
Smiling, excited faces were the order of the day at the festive events where milk was celebrated with song, dance and rhymes.
The MPO extends a special word of thanks to Woodlands Dairy and Coega Dairy whose generous product sponsorships contributed to the success of this year’s School Milk Day celebrations.

Please support the MPO’s statutory survey

The MPO administers a statutory measure in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act (47 of 1996), which requires milk producers to register with the MPO and provide records and returns to the organisation. Questionnaires requesting information on milk product and cow numbers were sent out to all milk producers registered with the MPO last week and are being followed up by telephone. Producers are requested to complete the questionnaires and return them to the MPO by email as soon as possible.
The information is needed as it will enable the MPO to provide milk producers with updated and accurate statistics on the primary dairy industry. For further information contact Dr Koos Coetzee at 012 843 5600 or send an email to

Accident claims well-known person in the Mpumalanga dairy industry  

The MPO was saddened by the news that Broer du Preez, former regional MPO management member and well known in the dairy community in Mpumalanga, recently lost his life in a vehicle accident. The MPO extends its sincere condolences to Broer’s loved ones and friends.

OBP releases report on availability of vaccines

OBP’s latest report on the availability of vaccines was released this week. Click HERE to read the report.


UK signs Rotterdam Dairy Declaration 

The UK became the 19th country to sign the Dairy Declaration of Rotterdam, which was launched at the World Dairy Summit in 2016.  The aim of the declaration is to promote the sustainability of dairy systems worldwide through the dairy sector’s commitment to feeding the world with safe, nutritious and sustainable products. Dr Judith Bryans, president of the IDF and chief executive of Dairy UK, said: “When the UN set its sustainable development goals, it was clear that dairy was part of the solution in terms of ensuring delivery of a number of goals around nutrition, healthy populations, a healthy planet and helping to lift people out of poverty.”  To read more, click HERE.

Elanco for sale? 

Eli Lilly and Company announced on Tuesday, 24 October that it was undergoing a “strategic review” of its Elanco Animal Health business, which includes the sale of the unit. Other options include an initial public offering, merger or the retention of the business.  “Through acquisitions and organic growth, we’ve grown Elanco to a size and scale that now allows us to consider a variety of options to maximise value,” says David Ricks, Lilly chairman and CEO.
Elanco’s third quarter review, which was also released this week, shows that its sales were 5% higher than 2016 although year-to-date sales were 1% lower.
Elanco announced its intention to sell its rBST business last month. To read about this, click HERE.
Following Elanco’s recent acquisition of Novartis Animal Health and BI Vetmedica’s U.S. vaccines portfolio, president Jeff Simmons said: “We believe that the outcome of a strategic review may result in more value and further enable Elanco’s top-tier leadership in animal health.”  To read more, click HERE.

Cargill leader in animal feed additives market

Cargill announced its acquisition of Diamond V, which resulted in Cargill now taking the leading position in the $20 billion global animal feed additives market. David MacLennan, Cargill’s chairperson and CEO, said: “Our combined businesses will accelerate growth, build industry-leading capabilities and natural solutions for animal health and food safety, and help fulfill Cargill’s purpose to nourish the world in a safe, responsibility and sustainable way.”
All business divisions, including human health, Embria Health Service and its branded product EpiCor, are included in the purchase of Diamond V. To read more, click HERE.

Schedule your dairy farm training now
Helene Pheiffer, training manager at the MPO, urges milk producers to schedule their dairy farm training as soon as possible. The Institute for Dairy Technology is continuously updating its schedule of training programmes for 2017. Their courses, some of which form part of Milk SA projects, are aimed at dairy farm workers and supervisors. Click HERE for details of the training programmes offered. Please contact Chantel Joubert at 012 843 5747 or send an e-mail to  or Jas Wasserman at 082 490 2465 or send an e-mail to for assistance and/or to book a five-day course.

Dairy management courses in October and November

A pasture management course will be presented at Orange Grove Dairy, Dundee and the Cedara Agricultural College in Howick from 30 October to 3 November 2017. The course will deal with pastures and farm planning, feed flow and pasture management, as well as the nutritional value and health risks of pastures.
Call Chantel Joubert at 012 843 5747 or contact her at and Jas Wasserman at 012 843 5743 or contact her at for enquiries and registration for attending these courses.

MPO helps with occupational health and safety issues
The MPO’s Institute for Dairy Technology offers a five-day training course on the occupational health and safety code of best practice for dairy farmers. The course is practical and equips participants with the knowledge they need to comply with the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Training is conducted on-farm in the language of preference. Dairy farmers who need assistance in complying with the Department of Labour’s health and safety requirements on their farms are encouraged to contact the Institute to schedule a training programme. The Institute is currently scheduling its training programmes for 2017. Click HERE for details of all the training programmes offered. Please contact Chantel Joubert at 012 843 5747 or send an e-mail  or Jas Wasserman at 082 490 2465 or send an e-mail for assistance and/or to book a five-day course.
What was total SA milk supply in August?
Do you know how much milk was supplied in South Africa in August 2017? Put your knowledge to the test and stand a chance to win. A winner will be announced every month and there are several prizes to be won. After 12 draws, a national winner will be announced at the MPO’s 2018 gala dinner. Click HERE for more information and instructions on how to enter.


A new era

Dairy cows are high-value animals requiring careful management to achieve top results. Since the advent of robotic and high-throughput milking, the traditional few minutes available for individual human attention are a thing of the past and new automated technologies are being applied to improve monitoring of dairy cow production, nutrition fertility, health and welfare. To read an interesting article by Mikail Greyling, turn to page 98 of the October issue of The Dairy Mail. To read the digital copy of TDM, go

Published on Fri, 27th Oct 2017 - 12:24

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