In this edition of the Real P3 podcast, Dr Casey Bradley speaks to Johann Kotzé, the CEO of the South Africa Pork Producers Organisation. He talks about the country’s pork industry and how producers are able to live and thrive under the constant threat of African Swine Fever.
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South Africa’s formal commercial sector currently has about 140,000 sows in total, which is made up of about 500 producers. The average slaughter weight in the country is about 82-84kg, which Kotzé would like to improve.
“You were probably one of the first and the longest countries to deal with African Swine Fever (ASF),” states Dr Bradley. “ASF is endemic in South Africa. Our first case was in 1928…it is part and parcel of the way we live,” Kotzé confirms, adding that the mindset of the farmers in the country is quite different in this regard.
While ASF is very difficult to control, Kotzé believes ASF can be managed. He talks about the importance of being prepared, acting swiftly, and how the country practices compartmentalisation to help manage threats. He notes how biosecurity has become a way of life for many farmers to mitigate the ever-present risk.
In the previous weeks, Pig Progress published earlier episodes of the Real P3 podcast series: