Media releases

Click here to access SAPPO’s media releases.

28 January 2011: Proposed changes to SAPPO welfare code on gestation stalls
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) is in continual discussions with the NSPCA in regard to phasing out gestation crates and other aspects of SAPPO’s Welfare Code.

18 March 2013: Loose housing for sows
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation making strides to loose housing for sows. Organisation says not enough credit is given for developments so far to reach targets by 2020.

18 March 2014: South African Pork Producers’ Organisation making strides to loose housing for sows
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) has noted with concern a recent press statement on sow stalls released by the NSPCA. That statement entitled “Sow Stalls Must Go” issued on 25 February, creates a highly evocative impression of sow stalls and fails to acknowledge the developments pork producers in South Africa have made in moving their sows from stalls to loose housing.

30 May 2014: Going the Whole Hog campaign is misleading the public
For several months now the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) has been monitoring communications issued by the Going the Whole Hog (GTWH) campaign, an animal rights organisation based in Cape Town.

7 July 2014: SAPPO dismayed at treatment of pigs on certain farms
Encourages prospective farmers to think carefully before attempting to farm with pigs
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) has noted with concern recent media reports regarding the treatment of animals – specifically pigs – on certain farms.

1 October 2015: Powering communities not happening because of Nersa
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) has called on the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) to review its position regarding the purchasing of power from independent producers.

15 October 2015: WHO report on meat and cancer ‘misinterpreted, has shortcomings’
SAPPO welcomes reports that the World Health Organisation (WHO) admits that its recent report into red and processed meat and cancer has been “misinterpreted” and that it is not asking people to stop eating meat, said James Jenkinson, chairman of SAPPO, in a media statement.

12 January 2016: Drought will have disastrous consequences for pig farmers
The devastating drought gripping South Africa is having a disastrous impact on pork producers and will lead to inevitable increases in the price of pork products. The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) says even if good rains fall now, it will be too late for many farmers to recover from the knock they are taking.

16 September 2016: SAPPO lodges application with Northern Gauteng High Court
The South African Pork Producers’ Organisation (SAPPO) has formally lodged an application with the Gauteng North High Court to have the imports of certain cuts of pork from America set aside. The application was lodged with the High Court on 5 September.

Market Review

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Dates of SAPPO’s Executive Council meetings:

10 February 2016, 11 May 2016, 13 July 2016, 7/8 September 2016 (AGM), 2 November 2016
SAPPO’s annual general meeting (7 September) will this year be attended by members only. SAPPO’s symposium will take place on 8 September and this event will be open to all roleplayers and other interested parties. The annual general meeting and symposium will take place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. Enquities: Tel no (012) 361 3920 or


Click here to access a PDF version of the latest edition of SAPPO’s:
magazine Porcus (Oct/December 2017).

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Click here to access the latest version of SAPPO’s electronic
newsletter SAPPOInfo.

(July/August 2017)

Research reports

Click on Research in the menu left to download the following research reports:

• Review of African Swine Fever; transmission, spread and control
By Mary-Louise Penrith and Wilna Vosloo
• A review of the causes and control of boar taint
By Stefan Guizot
• The use of prebiotics and probiotics in pigs: A review
By Dr Louise Maré
• Mycotoxins in pigs: A South African perspective
By Dr Hannes Viljoen
• A review of the use of plants as ethno-veterinary medical replacement for antibiotic growth promoters
Jessica Matchett
How pig pre-slaughter welfare affects pork quality and the pig industry
Voster Muchenje and Saymore P. Ndou
Feed intake, growth and carcass composition of weaned piglets receiving varying levels of valine and leucine in their diets
Friedel Valentin Meyer
• Comparative financial and environmental life cycle assessment of three South African pork production chains
J.C. Muller and T.E. Kleynhans
• Exploring regional differences pork production costs: perspectives from the agri benchmark initiative
Tracy Davids
• The contribution of portion size of processed pork to total salt intake in the diet
B Pretorius and HC Schönfeldt
• The effect of transport duration on selected stress metabolites in pigs measured with Point of Care Devices
Lynette Seshoka
• Development of a laboratory technique to simulate pig feed digestion

Comfort Akinsola and Felix Fushai

Acts you should take note of

Click on Acts in the menu left to download PDF versions of the important Acts that impact on your business. These include environmental Acts, Acts dealing with water and ground water management, animal improvement and identification as well as guidelines and standards that pig producers should take note of.