SA importing Argentine, Ukrainian yellow maize, orders Mexican white

South Africa, which needs to import millions of tonnes of maize this year because of drought, will source hundreds of thousands of tonnes of white maize in the coming months from Mexico, likely beginning in May, local and foreign traders said.

White maize is the staple source of calories for most South African households but shortages are looming, driving up domestic food prices and inflation.

South Africa is also set to receive 228,400 tonnes of the yellow variety of the grain in the coming days, according to Thomson Reuters’ interactive shipping map.

Domestic maize prices in South Africa are near recently-scaled record highs because of the drought. The government’s Crop Estimates Committee has forecast the crop will be 27 percent lower in 2016 at 7.255 million tonnes.

South Africa consumes around 10 million tonnes of maize annually and so far this marketing season, which ends on April 30, has imported 1.4 million tonnes, around 95 percent of which has been yellow maize, mostly used for animal feed.

South Africa’s corn conundrum stems from the fact that while yellow maize is grown widely grown elsewhere and easily sourced, the white version outside of the region can only be sourced from Mexico and the United States.

The July white maize contract is trading at R4,881 a tonne, near its record of 5,179 rand hit in January. It is currently at a 50 percent premium to yellow maize , which ended Wednesday at 3,260 rand.

Thomson Reuters’ Eikon interactive map, which tracks ships including their cargoes and destinations, shows that six vessels will deliver yellow maize from Argentina to South African ports between now and March 17. One ship with 25,000 tonnes from Ukraine will also be offloading.

 

read full article at: http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/businesstimes/2016/03/09/SA-importing-Argentine-Ukrainian-yellow-maize-orders-Mexican-white

Animal Cruelty Name and Shame Time Again!

I see this a lot, but every now and then I just get even more angry than usual and I have to name, shame, share, do whatever it takes to expose the way that eggs are farmed and how absolutely disgusting it is! Almost as disgusting as everyone else giving this man a pat on the back for doing such a “good” job! And this is normal and accepted by society!

I will update this post with comments, sometimes they are really funny for example “these animals are fine” or ” I am just trying to make a living” RUBBISH – hens come back every night, they don’t need to be caged. What you are seeing here is greed for more profit or just laziness. Why pay staff to pick up eggs?

PLEASE SHARE, I WANT EVERYONE TO SEE HOW THEIR EGGS ARE PRODUCED

more animal cruelty egg farming SILVER NDLOVU NAME AND SHAME

This popular program recommends a vaccine almost every day for meat chickens

I was totally shocked when I saw this program recommended by a FREE RANGE farmer for broilers (meat chickens). A vaccine almost every day – can you believe it?? Imagine you or your children getting a vaccine so often – and how could an organism or its living conditions be so unhealthy that it requires such drastic preventative measures against disease? Don’t forget that broilers only live for about a month, maybe a month and a half so this poor animal is getting a vaccine nearly every day for almost his whole life!

I am disgusted by the way meat is produced and the fact that this is from a free range farmer only serves to remind me why I decided to take meat off Ethical Suppliers in Dec 2015.

a vaccinne a day for broilers

Tiger Brands Defends Gassing of Pigs But That Is Not The Worst Part

A concerned member of the public, Dorothy Watkins, recently contacted Ethical Suppliers regarding Tiger Brands’
pig gassing
gassing of pigs. Pork constitutes a large precentage of processed meat products because pork is tasty and relatively
cheap to raise as pigs eat pretty much anything, even garbage, and have litters consisting of multiple babies. Like any animal raised for meat in a factory farm, they live an absolutely horrendous life, as you can see. Cramped unnatural conditions, no ability to wallow in mud, lie around in the shade, just eat, sleep and reproduce. And the reproduction is the worst part as sow crates are used. Sow crates are tiny little cages that the sow must spend her whole gestation period in, and she can barely move in it. Google it, it is absolutely disgusting and I can’t comprehend how people allow it. But there are many activists fighting for the abolishment of sow crates.

To be honest, many factory farmed animals’ lives are so horrible it is a blessing when they are eventually sick pork factoryslaughtered, but the slaughtering process is terribly frightening and painful for animals. Nothing is as good as just letting the animal live a natural life and have a natural death, except for when the animal is in pain and needs to be put down. This is the most humane way to end an animal’s life but is not used in farm animals because the barbiturates stay in the flesh and could have a negative impact on people. But I am quite sure that science can come up with a solution but this research will cost money and the greedy corporations like Tiger Brands, who produce a LOT of the products you see on the shelves, will not spend a cent extra than they have to. You can see the article about how they gas the pigs here. The NSPCA approached Tiger Brands with alternatives but they were too costly. So in order to feed people’s addiction for cheap meat the animals must suffer. How anyone can be ok with that is beyond me, especially when we have large populations of people for example in India who live very happily on a vegetarian diet.

http://ewn.co.za/2015/11/24/Tiger-Brands-defends-gassing-pigs-with-carbon-dioxide-before-slaughter

It is because of the horrible experience of being slaughtered that Ethical Suppliers eventually decided to remove meat products from the shop. There is little point in promoting free range meat if the slaughtering process is so inhumane as to violate animal rights in such a big way. If you were on the other end of the stick you would fight for your freedom, no sentient being that experiences pain wants to die. The link below shows fairly standard slaughtering procedures for pigs. It is unbearable to watch, but if you eat a lot of meat I want you to watch this and think about it the next time you eat your bacon…

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1034149933293892&id=893296190712601

There are many petitions you can sign to help improve animal’s lives and you can even start your own using sites like Avaaz and Care2 etc (see this page for list of activist groups) but boycotting the corporations that produce these products is the best way to starve them a bit till they rectify the situation (if ever). Going vegetarian is the best way to not be a part of the disgusting and cruel meat industry, even free range is not good enough but it is better than factory farming so if you have friends and family who INSIST on eating meat, look for free range butcheries such as Braeside Butchery and the Gourmet Butcher in JHB, and Farmer Angus in the Western Cape, CT Organics in KZN.

 

 

Adopted Battery Hen Rehabilitation

Battery hens produce 80% of the eggs used in the world (that was a conservative estimate but I’m sure it’s actually even more), and this kind of factory farming is one of the most abominable things man has done to Nature. For about a year, or half it’s life basically, the hens are kept in small cages and not allowed to dust bathe, forage for insects and greens, and generally just be free and happy. They are kept in cages only because it makes their price cheaper because you don’t need to spend so much time or manpower collecting eggs. actual

Pictured here is an actual battery hen operation by a small scale farmer in South Africa. They are overcrowded and small. All they can do is eat and lay eggs, for a year, until they are roughly bundled into cages and sent off to the abattoir or sold live in informal settlements. In the latter case, the hens are often without shade for the whole day, and with the current heatwave in the highveld at the moment this really half kills the hens.

An animal lover by the name of Cindy (thanks Cindy!) has adopted 2 battery hens Photo-0025and I have adopted the other 2 so a total of 4 hens were rehabilitated this weekend. It was horrible for me to see these poor animals with red diseased looking wounds by their undersides, and their bodies felt fragile and brittle. It really broke my heart I actually wore sunglasses just to hide the tears. I put them in their own outside room so that they could feel safe and gave them food and water and left the door open. When I checked up on them, they were outside and on the earth for the first time in their lives. They were able to walk around and nibble on grass and insects and other things, which they had never done before – they were literally fed the same thing every day for their whole lives.

The picture of them looks much better than the reality. Their feathers look white, and the pink bald spot looks not too bad. But actually the skin on the whole underside of their bodies was red and inflamed looking, and the feathers were matted, broken off, and filthy.

I have taken a picture of one of my hens, see how fluffy and clean her feathers look. And no bald patches at all, just thick healthy fluffy feathers.

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The males suffer an almost worse state. They are usually not kept in cages (but still not free to go outside) but with many of them towards the end of their lives they are so heavy that their legs can’t cope and they spend a lot of time lying around, not roosting on perches as they would normally, and as a result they get inflamed and infected skin as you can see Photo-0022in this picture.

These are extreme cases but they are VERY common and ALL the animals suffer a high level of physical discomfort and unhygienic, unnatural conditions.

KFC, McDonalds, all chicken in Pick n Pay, Checkers, Spar etc, they all use chicken from factory farms that keep chickens from living happy, healthy lives.

Here you can see one hen and one rooster. This rooster’s legs are so powerful, he has no problem running around and he is HUGE, about 3kg I estimate. If we switch to free range meat we can have the same thing under better circumstances we just need to use our massive buying power, which is the only power in this world of money worship, to improve the lives of animals.

Compare this picture of my chickens having an absolute ball, and tell me:

WHICH DO YOU PREFER?

to get involved in adopting battery hens contact info@ethicalsuppliers.co.za or call 011 818 0153 or whatsapp 071 930 5697. Hens usually cost R50 each.

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KFC Chicken – Animal Abuse In Most Cases of Chicken Farming

If you have always wondered how your meat and animal products are produced, here’s how. On this website, modern farming is also called factory farming or conventional farming. Over the next few articles I will share the basics of modern food production. What you are about to read is not pleasant, and represents one of the most crucial things we need to change in our world along with other issues such as abuse, poverty, hunger etc.

Chickens raised for KFC and other chicken products have horrible lives in factory farms. Factory farming produces most of the food that the average South African eats and this food might as well be produced in a test tube for all the humanity that is in it. If the corporations could grow our food in a test tube they would, and believe me this kind of scenario is not far off! I have already heard they are looking at cloning cows!

Since many people are not aware where their food comes from and how the animals live, it can be hard to find out at first because of all the industry jargon and polished imagery. To test this, I tried to imagine that I knew nothing about farming, didn’t even know what a broiler (male chicken bred for meat) was, and Googled questions I imagined the average curious South African would ask. Such as

where does kfc get their chicken in south africa

I let Google autosuggest so that I know these are the most popular search terms. The first result is Rainbow Chickens. After a search on their website I could not find any pictures of the actual chicken farms. They are clever that way, they will have pictures of their chicken burgers, but none of the farms. So let me help you out here. This is a contract farm for Goldi Chickens, not Rainbow Chickens but the farming method is the same.

Goldi Chicken Farm NON Free Range Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are young chickens (chicks) in a large poultry barn which usually has no open windows or doors. The barn is temperature controlled and fluorescent lighting is used to regulate the chickens behavior. For example if they are not putting on weight fast enough the lights will be left on longer to encourage the chickens to eat more. Which is incredible because they already put on weight and grow at an alarming pace – it takes about 2 months for these chickens, known as broilers, to reach the age at which they will be slaughtered. Sometimes they grow too fast and their bodies can’t keep up so they become lame and can’t move. Because there are so many, they are not always removed quick enough and many have open wounds from sitting in their excrement for too long. Chickens are not just dumb animals that only care about eating. They are active, curious creatures and enjoy freedom, sunshine and fresh air just as much as any creature including you and me. They love scratching in the dirt, something they don’t have in the factory farms as pictured above and they are probably bored to death, unhealthy and depressed.

Below are some pictures of factory farm chickens close to the time when their short miserable lives are about to be over. After that are some pictures of my personal flock of chickens so that you can see what a healthy happy flock looks like. To buy free range chicken go to the online shop or contact the suppliers directly by searching through the site on the left. To start your own free range farm contact me on lara@ethicalsuppliers.co.za

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Goldi chicken contract farmer we found on Facebook (plus pics of one of my own chickens)

Picture below of a typical broiler farm in South Africa. Broiler = chicken burger, KFC, chicken nuggets, chicken samoosas, chicken a la king….

A non free range chicken leads a disgusting, boring, uncomfortable and unnatural life. These poor animals are kept inside all the time. They never feel the warm sun on their backs, take a flying run down the field, never eat a juicy bug – all things that they love to do! Please compare the two – if the prices were the same which would you choose?

Most chicken is produced like this

Most chicken is produced like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of the members of my personal chicken flock. A blue leghorn pullet (young female chicken) walks next to my Jack Russel dog in companionable silence.

This is one of the members of my personal chicken flock. A blue leghorn pullet (pullet = young female chicken) walks next to my Jack Russel dog in companionable silence.

Woolworths & Food Lovers Market Abbatoir Charged for Animal Cruelty

From sabc.co.za

A routine inspection of the GWK abattoir and feedlot in De Aar in the Northern Cape revealed the ill-treatment of lambs and sheep through “extreme rough handling and bodily injuries” caused by inept shearing as reported by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

NSPCA says criminal charges in terms of the Animals Protection Act will be laid against the Manager of the feedlot at the abattoir, the management of the BKB shearing team and four employees from that team as accepted industry standards were contravened.

Senior inspector Grace de Lange of the NSPCA’s Farm Animal Protection Unit describes the scene,

“I observed sheep being dragged by one of their hind legs. Some sheep were dragged upside down and parts of their bodies – including their heads – banged into the railings as they were pulled in that manner. I witnessed sheep being dragged by their ears and fleece, including being pulled over another sheep that was in a recumbent position. This particular sheep needed assistance to enable it to stand.”
“Visual evidence of lambs and sheep with bleeding wounds will be enclosed in the docket as supporting evidence.”

GWK Meat who exclusively exports market products to Food Lover’s Market, Free Range Karoo Lamb, Fresh by Nature Lamb, Woolworths Free Range and Makro Natural Karoo Lamb, responded quickly to the incident and addressed the matter “fully” with BKB who is the service provider for sheep shearing at the facility.

According to Mr Wim van Rooyen, GWK’s General Manager for Auctions and Meat, the company is committed to handling all animals at GWK’s facilities with care.

 

to read the whole story go to http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/aba20380476c64919be7db4602d973ea/NSCPA-to-lay-c

Backyard free range chickens

Free range eggs – anywhere, anytime in your backyard.

free range hens for sale

This is a lovely picture of my Jack Russel, Gemmy, walking around with a little baby Blue Leghorn in tow. It gives me such joy to see chickens in a free range environment instead of in these terrible layer cages.

What better way to get fresh eggs than to raise a few hens (female chickens) in your own backyard. Raising chickens is not that difficult and it is very rewarding to produce your own guaranteed free range eggs. You know exactly what conditions they are kept in and you will obviously spoil them as you do all your pets. Picking up eggs every day takes very little time as you will make a simple nesting area in their coop and they usually lay their eggs in these nesting areas. But a little egg hunt is a fun way to start the day too!

 

  1. A large area that you can use as their run. They need to forage over a large enough area to get their fill of all the things they like – dirt (to help their digestion), insects, grass, seeds, etc. Sunlight is also essential – it helps them absorb AND produce calcium which is needed for strong healthy eggs.

    These are hens that were rescued from a stall by the side of the road. They came from a factory farm where they were kept in a cage in a poultry barn their whole adult life. When I got them they were very weak and filthy and had red raw looking sores on their undersides. In the picture you can see bald patches. My camera actually makes them look whiter than what they were. After a few days enjoying the outdoors they were much healthier looking and their feathers started growing back.

  2. A warm and secure chicken coop which is like a little barn. It has spaces for the hens to lay eggs and rest at night, roosting perches (chickens, like all birds, love to climb onto branches), and bedding such as sawdust shavings, straw or any other appropriate bedding.

Some of the hens enjoying some layer mash (finely milled maize and soya meal feed). I make my own feeders out of plastic milk bottles with one side cut open. It is nailed to a piece of wood which is sometimes weighted down so that the hens don’t tip it over. This is why you shouldn’t use large shallow bowls for feed as they will spill it everywhere and waste a lot.

Water comes in the form of a special waterer, which is basically a bucket with a lid on it and when inverted measures out water that fills a little tray. At intervals during the day, just pick up the whole waterer and empty the old water which has become full of dirt and let new water take its place. Nipple waterers are also quite popular because the water dribbles down the chickens throat directly from the device and never comes into contact with the outside which dirties it. This keeps water fresh and chickens healthy.

  1. 4. Their feed is usually kept in special feeders that you can buy, or you can make your own. I couldn’t buy special feeders at a time so I improvised and cut off the top sides of plastic jugs I found lying in the kitchen. Properly designed feeders are built in such a way that all chickens can eat at the same time and there is much less wastage of feed.

 

 

If you are struggling to find point of lay hens or pullets, there are poultry breeders on the ES Business Directory.

Prices range from R150 – R250 depending on the breed and age.

E-mail info@ethicalsuppliers.co.za if you require assistance.