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AGRICULTURAL 25 | Pig farming Their business partnership is made easier by their close friendship stretching over many years. With their farm located so close to the informal settlement of Monyakeng, the big- gest challenge the two farmers faced while farming maize was theft. “The grain would not even get a chance to grow fully before they came and stole it all. We were really struggling to make a profit,” Mabaso said. At one point, their storeroom was ransacked and all their livestock (52 sheep) were stolen. Considering the guidance and advice from Ramohlabi, they took a decision to diversify their farming and started planting sunflower. This year, the pair planted 155 hectares of sunflower. To date, they harvested 40 tons and are excited about securing large yields this season. “We trust Senwes whole-hearted- ly and believe that the company will take us to greater heights. We now see light in areas that were previously covered by darkness.” SUCCESSION PLAN Mabaso and Kgosimore have three children each, who they say are eager to take over the farm one day. They make sure that their children, who reside in the nearby location of Monyakeng, visit the farm to learn about its operations whenever they get the chance to do so. “Mafabatho means inheritance. We work this hard to generate generational wealth, but we can only go so far. It is their duty as our children to carry this work forward when we rest,” said Kgosimore. The two remain optimistic about the future of their farm and hope to strengthen their relationship with Senwes. “Ramohlabi is good to us. He gives sound advice and really cares about us as clients. We are grateful for all that Senwes has done for us.” Contact Julias Ramohlabi on 018 464 7156 or mail if you are a developing farmer looking to benefit from the services offered by Senwes. capita. The world, however, eats pork for Africa and the consumption rate per capita in Spain and Germany is as high as 50kg. Pork is consumed more than any other type of meat world-wide, particu- larly in Asia and America. A mere 10% decrease in herds in China, was equal to the total consumption in Mexico. We have 115 000 sows in total in South Africa, while Smithfield Pork in the USA has 120 000. Amazing! Asia has a huge demand for penis- es, aortas, tripe and testes. In South Africa heads and trotters are delica- cies. Pork ribs are also very popular in South Africa, but large quantities have to be imported since we do not produce enough. Did you know that boerewors has to contain 27% pork and a good russian or salami is expen- sive because it contains good pork? PIGS INTERESTING? Pigs eat anything? No, pigs are taste and smell sensitive. Flavourants stim- ulate food intake and a certain citrus extract makes a pig very happy. “A happy pig means kilograms in the fridge.” Screams like a pig! Definitely not. They are verbal and a number of sounds have been identified. Every group has its own alpha and the strongest piglets drink at the front teats of the mother. As dirty as a pig! No, pigs are inquisitive, physical, intelligent and have strong characteristics. They are very clean and have separate areas for eating, drinking, sleeping and defecating. "You should actually behave like a pig", CP laughed. The fact that fewer people eat sausages and polonies is due to the fact that it contains less than 2% pork. Did you know that a good polony has to be 100% pork and chicken due to the binding qualities thereof? An old Afrikaans saying is: Meng jou met die semels dan vreet die varke jou! This implies that pigs will eat any rub- bish. “Pig feed is actually suitable for human consumption,” CP says. 60-65% of the costs of a piggery is spent on feed. They are directly depen- dent on grain prices and are of the biggest users of the products of grain producers - almost more than humans! CHALLENGES IN THE PORK INDUSTRY The decrease in the selling price is one of the challenges. African swine flu is under control, but the name makes cer- tain countries hesitant to import pork. Religion, culture and tradition are other challenges and almost no pork is con- sumed north of the equator. FUTURE OF THE MARKET By June processors start preparing for Christmas and by November 2018 the market should stabilise - “The panic will subside.” Christmas is a flourishing peri- od - time to braai, holiday time and Christmas celebrations. This is when you score. This could indeed be the industry for you! SENWES SCENARIO | WINTER 2018 27