De Aar farmer receives award

2016-11-09 06:01
Craig Ferreira (left) receives the award for the highest mutton producer in the Northern Cape. With him is Louis Clark (managing director of Valley Irrigation).

Craig Ferreira (left) receives the award for the highest mutton producer in the Northern Cape. With him is Louis Clark (managing director of Valley Irrigation).

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The fact that the past three years have been challenging and trying times for farmers, did not hamper Craig Ferreira’s chances of scooping the award for the highest mutton producer in the Northern Cape.

Surprised by the announcement that he was the winner, Ferreira shared how the market has been challenging for the past three years.

Ferreira received the good news during the GWK awards ceremony near Douglas on Saturday, 22 October.

The challenges, according to him, was all due to the drought conditions affecting farmers countrywide.

Ferreira was amongst the GWK icons awarded for the various roles they play in food production, innovation and economic growth in the sector.

The annual awards honoured the farmers, industry stakeholders, staff and partners of GWK for their efforts and contribution.

Ferreira has been operating from the Potfontein Farm Trust near De Aar for 12 years.

He said that his business has been subject to the vagaries of supply and demand.

He buys and supplies lamb to the GWK abbatoir in De Aar after feeding and getting them ready for the market.

GWK has recently released a statement that highlights the fragmented lamb and mutton supply chain, which resulted in several challenges for the sheep farming industry, including instability in prices.

The lack of trust amongst the role players is reported to have been the cause of them operating in isolation, leading to a lack of understanding about how the link in the value chain affects the industry.

A Red Meat Producers conference was also hosted in Parys in August, where Alex Cilliers, executive manager of meat at GWK, addressed delegates on the state of the lamb and mutton industry in South Africa.

According to Cilliers, the popularity of lamb and mutton has declined from 16% of the consumers’ average meat basket three years ago to just 13%, as shoppers chose other products that offer greater consistency in price and supply.

As a result, meat supply through the value chain had become inconsistent and consumers with limited budgets had been faced with fluctuating prices, inconsistent quality and erratic supply.

The devastating drop in the sale of these products will continue unless, according to GWK, the supply chain corrects itself to offer good quality meat at consistent prices.

Cilliers, however, urged red meat produ-cers not to blame the drought nor the consumers, but rather to look at the old-fashioned practices of traders instead.

“The proliferation of abattoirs and wholesalers across the South African landscape has meant that the conventional way of shopping around between abattoirs to obtain the best price for stock on any particular day impacts the whole supply chain negatively,” he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.