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Meat Flash - 1 April 2021

 

DIRECTORATE VETERINARY SERVICES INCREASES EARTAG PURCHASE QUOTA:

The Directorate of Veterinary Services implemented a quota system on 8 June 2020 in which all producers who purchase cattle ear tags from the Meat Board, or its various agents may only purchase a certain number of ear tags, depending on the quantity they qualify for. This quantity is automatically determined by the NamLITS database. The quota for the next 12 months is calculated by taking into account, among other things, the number of ear tags registered or replaced by producers on the NamLITS database in the past 24 months. Following negotiations by the Meat Board with the Directorate Veterinary Services, the provision has now been adjusted so that the NamLITS database takes 30% growth in cattle numbers into account when calculating the quota, to provide for rebuilding herds after the extended drought period. However, producers who do not qualify for sufficient cattle ear tags can still apply at the NamLITS office in Windhoek to Dr Janet Erastus (0811458430), or Ondangwa to Dr Luvala (0811489191) or Mr John Ngenokesho (0811482755), for the review of the NamLITS specified quota.

 

FIRST CATTLE OF BOTSWANA IS IMPORTED FOR LOCAL SLAUGHTER MARKET:

Namibia is recovering from a devastating drought as from 2013 and with the good rains received, the industry is focussed on herd rebuilding. The extensive impact of the drought is witnessed by the sharp decline in marketing numbers. Of this the major impact is with formal slaughtering and as a result abattoirs are forced to look at alternative sources of supply.

Botswana was identified as such a source due to their similar environmental conditions and a Foot-and-mouth disease free zone to that of Namibia. In addition, the Botswana government has temporarily lifted its moratorium on live exports and Namibian abattoirs may take advantage of it. However, only male animals may be imported from Botswana's Foot and Mouth Disease Zone subject to strict import requirements of the Namibian Directorate Veterinary Services. From a preliminary application of a total of 1,904 cattle, 1,389 cattle have already been imported for slaughter at the local abattoirs.

 

MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA ELECTS MS JULENE MEYER AS ACTING VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Ms Julene Meyer was elected acting Vice - Chair of the Board for the remainder of the term of the Board at the most recent Meat Board meeting, 18 March 2021. Ms Meyer takes the place of Dr Archie Norval who recently passed away. Ms Meyer is herewith congratulated on her appointment.

 

MEAT BOARD ANNOUNCES STANDARD VALUES FOR CALCULATION OF LEVIES DURING THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR

Government notice Number 139 of 2012 determined that the Meat Board must annually calculate standard values for the following financial year. These standard values form the basis for the calculation of levies where transaction values of livestock could not be audited. Meat Board levies are calculated as percentages of the standard values during the export and import of livestock, local (“out of the hand”) transactions, as well as during slaughtering at local abattoirs. The standard values are calculated according to the real trade value of livestock during the previous calendar year. The standard values applicable during the 2021/2022 financial year will be implemented from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 and are as follows:

ITEM

STANDARD VALUE (N$)

Cattle - (live)

7399

Cattle - (for slaughter)

11306

Goat (any transaction)

1166

Sheep (any transaction)

971

Pork (any transaction)

1720

MEAT BOARD ELECTS MS JULENE MEYER AS ACTING VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Ms Julene Meyer was elected acting Vice - Chair of the Board for the remainder of the term of the Board at the most recent Meat Board meeting, 18 March 2021. Ms Meyer takes the place of Dr Archie Norval who recently passed away suddenly. Ms Meyer is congratulated on her appointment.

 

HERD RECOVERY CONTINUES IN 2021:

After a persistent drought saw more than 1,362 364 million cattle marketing during 2017-2019, the year 2020 saw a slow-down in cattle marketing by half in comparison to 2019. The year 2020 was poised to experience an upsurge in beef carcass prices but due to COVID-19, demand for premium beef in Namibia’s key export markets, prices rather stabilised averaging N$45.50/kg for the year. With a continued herd-rebuilding exercise, a further decline in cattle marketing is expected in 2021 with Meat Board forecasts indicating formal slaughtering of cattle under 53,000 cattle for the year 2021. Up to end of February 2021 an amount of 7,775 cattle have been slaughtered in the formal market. With limited slaughtering, prices are expected to increase as Namibia will find it difficult to satisfy all markets. The Norwegian quota is expected to receive priority. Currently, the B2 Beef carcass price stands at N$50.54/kg as per January to February released statistics whereas weaner prices stood at N$42.74 during the first two months of 2021.

The sheep sector has experienced an unprecedented decline in marketing in 2019, leaving export Namibia with only one export facility in Aranos. Sheep marketing also dropped by half and this lead to a decline in slaughtering saw a shift in focus from export markets to the local market. The shortage in sheep slaughtering caused an increase in market prices for meat. Producer prices increased from N$60.11/kg in 2020 to 70.90/kg in 2021. Due to a critically low sheep herd, producers were unable to take advantage of increased sheep prices. The year 2021 is expected to see reduced marketing in comparison to 2020 but the rate of decline is expected to be lesser with total slaughtering forecasted at just below 105,000 sheep. To date 8,798 sheep have been slaughtered in the formal market.

 

MEAT BOARD ASSISTS NNFU WITH TRANSPORTATION:

Meat Board of Namibia assisted NNFU with the transportation of grass bales pledged by the farmer, Mr Angula of Tsumeb to drought stricken Kunene farmers. The drought in Kunene reached devastating proportions where both humans and livestock are affected severely. High death rates for both cattle and goats have been recorded in the area. The bales were handed to the Kunene Regional Council, Opuwo, and NNFU for distribution to the severely affected farmers,

MEAT FLASH – 25 FEBRUARY 2021

THE MEAT BOARD OF NAMIBIA HAD ITS INDUSTRY COMMITTEE MEETINGS LAST WEEK AND WOULD LIKE TO AGAIN BRING THE FOLLOWING TO THE ATTENTION OF PRODUCERS:

 

COMPLETION OF FAN MEAT LEAK, MEDICINE AND TRAINING REGISTERS

The FAN Meat office received very good co - operation from producers during the recent FAN Meat audit of livestock producers for the year 2020.   During the year, 58 farms were audited for compliance with FAN Meat requirements and adherence to requirements was found to be very good.  Some aspects that needed attention are the completion of FAN Meat registers, especially the employee training (Form C) and farm management program.  The necessary training was given to the audited producers which in turn submitted completed registers to the FAN Meat office.  Further awareness and training regarding FAN Meat rules and requirements continues by ways of information sessions at farmers 'associations' information days, and other gatherings.

 

SUBMISSION OF ANIMAL HEALTH DECLARATIONS

The FAN Meat office has noted that there is a decrease in the submission of Animal Health Declarations for the last semester of 2020. Many producers have not yet submitted their declarations and are kindly requested and encouraged to submit the declarations as soon as possible. The forms can be completed online on the NamLITS website: www.namlits.com, or the form can also be handed in at the nearest veterinary office. The closing date was already 31 January 2021, but producers received a grace period until 31 March 2021 to complete and submit forms, after which automatic restrictions on farms can take place. The forms are used for planning purposes for the Directorate Veterinary Services and the Meat Board.

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF QUOTAS DURING EARTAG PURCHASES

All producers who purchase beef ear tags from the Meat Board in Windhoek, or through the various agents may only buy a restricted number of ear tags depending on the quantity for which they qualify as determined by a quota system established by the Directorate Veterinary Services.  The NamLITS database is programmed to automatically allocate this quota to individual producers. The quota is calculated by, among other things, determining how many ear tags have been registered and replaced by producers on the NamLITS database in the past 24 months.  However, producers who do not qualify for sufficient ear tags can apply to the NamLITS head office in Windhoek or Ondangwa or to Dr Janet Erastus (0811458430), Dr Luvala (0811489191) or Mr John Ngenokesho (0811482755) for revision of the indicated quota.

 

CATTLE IDENTIFICATION AND TRACEABILITY PRE-REQUISITES REGARDING MOVEMENTS TO EXPORT ABATTOIRS

It remains a requirement, according to the Animal Identification and Traceability Regulation, to identify cattle individually with double ear tags already at the age of 6 months.   On 27 January 2021, the Directorate Veterinary Services informed producers to have ear tag number (s) on hand when applying for a livestock movement permit to an export abattoir. This provision will also become mandatory from 1 April 2021 for all other final destinations (all livestock movements).   The NamLITS database will then only issue a livestock movement permit if the indicated cattle appear on the correct herd list. It is very important that producers make sure that their cattle are already registered and also appear in the right herd. Therefore, regularly verify your herd statement and 90/40 day report if applicable.

 

CLEAN-UP OF THE TRACEABILITY SYSTEM (NamLITS)

The accuracy of the information of each producer's farming operations on NamLITS is largely the responsibility of the producer. The Meat Board therefore wants the co - operation of all producers to “clean up” the data on NamLITS in as short a time as possible, in the next nationwide effort by:

 

  1. Gathering of all livestock to be able to confirm the numbers as well as identification numbers;
  2. Verification of these numbers and identification numbers against the herd statements on NamLITS.

 

This process can be done in 3 ways:

  1. On NamLITS online, as the producer can now do tag registrations, replacements and terminations himself. The producer can also complete livestock movements on NamLITS online;
  2. At the local State Veterinary Office; and
  3. At the Meat Board FAN Meat NamLITS Helpdesk office in Windhoek.

 

Your cooperation will be appreciated.

 

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